A Michigan woman is now dedicating her life to helping other victims of sex trafficking. She spent most of her life being sold for sex – the first time when she was just a child.
Leslie King says she fell in love with an older man when she was only 15 years old. She knew him from her old neighborhood in Grand Rapids. He promised to take care of her. At the time, she says she thought he loved her too.
“He told me I was beautiful, he told me he loved me, he wined me and dined me, he took me out he bought me clothes,” said King.
King says that older man tricked her into working as a sex slave. Looking back, she realizes now that he never really loved her at all.
King says she was forced to live with several other women who were also being treated as sex slaves. Sex trafficking is different from prostitution. When women are trafficked, it’s against their will, and in many cases they are forced to live with their oppressor.
In King’s case, she says it wasn’t the life she wanted. She says she could’ve tried to run but she says he threatened to kill her and members of her family if she did.