Carolyn Jones used to work Van Buren Street. She entered into the dark world of prostitution as a teenager.
“It basically started as a way to survive,” Jones said.
Her chapter of torture and trafficking lasted about 30 years, until tragedy struck her family. Her sister, who also worked as a prostitute, was murdered, along with several of her friends, in a spree of killings which involved prostitutes in 2003.
“I found myself at a bus stop crying out to God, ‘Please, Lord, give me a chance to get out of here. Give me a chance to live again!'” she recalled.
Nearly 10 years later, Jones is speaking out as a survivor to raise awareness about a new generation of victims.
While numbers are extremely hard to track, it’s estimated hundreds of girls are trafficked across the Valley.
However, the new street corner has gone virtual.
“You won’t see a lot of girls working out here on the street, that’s the way it used to be,” Jones said. “It is so easy to go online and order a young girl, just like you’re ordering pizza. That should not be!”
Source: AZ Family