Human Traffic Watch

On Human Trafficking ‘National Freedom Day,’ Survivor Shares Story Of Captivity, Advocacy

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

Margaret Howard became a victim of domestic human trafficking at 13 years old, when she ran away from home and was later picked up on a southern Illinois interstate amid passing motorists — then drugged and held against her will.

Now 53, Howard is a therapist, social worker and policy advocate in Missouri, where she helps advocate for and support the 27 million people held in modern-day slavery worldwide…

“We’re able to look at children in exotic places — Cambodia, the Philippines, Nepal — and say, ‘How could parents allow their children to be bought and sold this way, and how is it they’re ostracized when they come back to their villages?'” she told The Huffington Post.

But Howard lived such a story in the Midwest, she said. She and a friend had been hitchhiking on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois when they were kidnapped and taken to a home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. “Suffice it to say there was someone making a monetary profit off my suffering,” she wrote in a blog for the St. Louis Beacon.

She’s not sure how she managed to escape but she was dropped back off on the highway, presumably when the traffickers weren’t around, she said. The police picked her up and she was held in a cell overnight with no food, water or bathroom.

Source: Huffington Post

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