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Pamela

My dream is to become a nurse so that I can identify and rescue victims of trafficking in hospitals.

 
 
 

Because my parents had divorced, the financial situation at our home was very difficult.  As a teen, I dropped out of school.  One day I was walking in downtown Puebla looking for work when my ex-boyfriend forced me in to a taxi at knife point, and took me back to his home.  When we get there, he told me that he was going to prostitute me.  When I refused, he started beating me.

During the next three years I was raped on a daily basis in Puebla, Mexico City, and Veracruz by 30 to 50 men so I could cover the fees that my old boyfriend demanded of me.  If I did not bring home the money he would beat me with whatever he could find: wood planks, cables, picks, punches, etc.  He would not feed me for days, and he was always threatening me that if I did not do what he wanted, he would kill my family.

Twice I got pregnant but both times he found out and beat me until I lost the child. During the time of my captivity, I had to go to the Emergency Room on numerous occasions. Each time, the medical staff asked him all the questions instead of me, and he always answered that I was stupid, that I had fallen down the stairs or something else. The doctors and nurses never asked me how I was, they always let me go home with him again. I knew then, that I could not ask anyone for help, and that this life would be my plight until he killed me from a beating.

On May 7th, 2012 my trafficker came to the corner where I was standing and he hit me because I had taken 1 minute longer with a client than was allowed. He told me to go to the next street as he yelled that he was going to kill me. Thanks to someone that witnessed the scene, and decided to not keep quiet, and they reported this to the PGJ (FBI).  As a result, the authorities came for me and arrested my trafficker.

Today, I am a survivor that has reached a very important place in my life.  In June of 2017, I graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a Degree in Nursing.  I'm currently finishing the practicum requirements of my degree which means I work at a hospital for a year without pay.  I able to do this thanks to Reintegra and many who donate money for my care and attention.

My dream is to become a nurse and do what no one did for me.  I want to help identify victims of sex trafficking and sex abuse while working in a hospital.  I still have more dreams to reach, one is to one day have a family of my own.  I also want to continue my education and eventually run a retirement home for older adults, so they can receive good and dignified care.