Human Traffic Watch

Woman Tells Her Story of Sex Trafficking and Incest

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

“I am a survivor of almost 14 years of incest, about three, almost four years, of sex trafficking and I’m also the daughter of a sex offender and my pimp was my dad,” Rose said.

Rose says her father Zenon Anastassiou began sexually molesting her when she was a toddler. She says he told her it was a cultural thing and it gradually escalated into rape by the time she was 13. Anastassiou pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with another child and assault against that child in 1987. Though Rose never brought charges against her father, she says her childhood was plagued by abuse and emotional extortion.

She says his message was clear:  “You want to live in this house? You like the clothes that you get to wear? … Well, if you tell or you stop having sex with me that’s all just going to go away.”

Just short of 16, Rose says she mustered up the courage to hold a knife to her father and tell him to stop.

“He laughed. He literally laughed in my face and he said I’ve been waiting for this day.”

That’s when he allegedly began selling her to other men, using provocative and naked pictures he took of her. The torture allegedly lasted until she was 19 when she got married. Decades later, stories like hers continue to repeat themselves in Florida, a state that’s become a hub for child sex trafficking.

Source: NBC Miami

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