Keyana Marshall’s story is similar to many other victims of sex trafficking. At the age of 15 she babysat for a woman who turned out to be a madam, and that’s when she says the trouble began.
“She had me answering her business line, she owned a business and I babysat for all kinds of businesses in the past,” said Marshall. “It was my way to help my mother around the house, things like that.”
It was through that babysitting gig Marshall became connected with a man who she says coerced her into the sex trafficking industry.
“He forced me into sexual acts with him, forced me to watch him perform sexual acts on others, and used violence.”
Marshall got out of the trade, but says she was mistaken by law enforcement for someone who willingly engaged in prostitution and as a result spent time in prison.