My dream is to help take the blindfold off of people’s eyes and let the world know that minors are being abducted, lured and yanked away from their families.
I was raped 43,200 times by my own estimate. My name is Karla and I was forced to have sex with 30 men a day, seven days a week, for the better part of four years — 43,200 men.
I came from a dysfunctional family. I was sexually abused and mistreated from the age of 5. When I was 12, I was targeted by a trafficker who lured me away using kind words and a fast car. Not long after I met him, he convinced me to live with him and for three months he treated me very well – bringing me flowers, chocolates, clothes, etc.
That was the beginning of four years of hell – not long after, he forced me to work as a prostitute. This man, 10 years my senior, trafficked me in Guadalajara and other cities. I was be sent to brothels, roadside motels, streets known for prostitution and even private homes. My trafficker would punch me, kick me, pull my hair, spit at me in the face and one day I was burned with an iron. At 15, I had a baby girl that was fathered by this pimp. He would threaten to harm her if I didn’t do everything he wished.
I was rescued in 2008 during an anti-trafficking raid in Mexico City. I am now an advocate against human trafficking and tell my story at conferences and public events. I have spoken at the Vatican, the United Nations and before the US Congress. With the help of people like you, I am able to work on finishing my high school education online , take classes to become a beautician and have resources for living as an advocate and mother of two girls.
My dream is to one day be business owner with my own salon. I also want to continue to help take the blindfold off of people’s eyes and let the world know that minors are being abducted, lured and yanked away from their families. To do nothing puts countless girls at risk of being trafficked for years and raped thousands of times, just as I was.
Reintegra is honored to provide living expenses for Karla as well as the cost of finishing her secondary (high school) education on-line and her classes in beauty and cosmetology.