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Karla

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.  I am now working on my secondary degree on-line with the help of Reintegra, who also provides me with my living expenses as a survivor and as a mom.  My dream is to attend college and study international relations as well as one day be business owner with my 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.

 
 
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Mixi

My dream is to use my skills to bring beauty and wholeness to the world.

 
 
 

At the age of 13,  I was living with the adopted daughter of my step-father. She was a prostitute that offered her services through newspaper ads. For three years, she exploited me sexually and physically. I had to do all of her house cleaning and take care of her five children.  I was also trafficked for sex in hotels all over Mexico City.  

One day, I was able to gain freedom with the help of a young hotel employee.  He hid me in the laundry closet and helped me escape in a taxi.  The authorities then sent me to live at the  Fundación Camino a Casa shelter where I was able to finish studying all of my basic education.  After that, I was taken in by Reintegra where I have received support with my professional studies.

In 2018, I got married and gave birth to a little girl in March of 2019. While being a mom, I have taken a break from my undergrad studies and am working as an apprentice for photography.

My first dream is to finish college one day and use my passions and gifts to bring healing to the world. I also want to support other victims of trafficking like myself as well as helping people who lose their parents, those who live on the streets and the elderly.

 

 
 
 

Nancy

My dream is to use my gifts and passions of art and graphic design to help end human trafficking.  I want to one day open an art studio for children.  I dream too that my son will grow up to become a man of courage and compassion.

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I became a victim of human trafficking starting at the age of 16.  A friend told me about a job in Monterrey, Mexico.  I went thinking it was a legitimate job but was a ruse.  For five years, I was trafficked across Mexico.  Eventually I gained my freedom through a police raid, though my traffickers were never prosecuted and are still trafficking women and children globally.  Later I met, German Villar who started helping me with Reintegra.  In fact, I designed the hummingbird logo and helped come up with the name "Reintegra".    Reintegra means to take what is broken and make it whole.  The logo shows different pieces coming together to make a bird that is free.  

Recently, I was able to finish my GED as I was trafficked before I could finish high school.  I am also a mother and have a 5-year old son named Mateo.   Mateo's father died in a motorcycle accident and so I am a widow.  I work as a part-time graphic designer for the Commission vs. Trafficking.  Reintegra is supporting me with extra living expenses that has enabled Mateo to attend school and for both of us to move into an apartment in a safer neighborhood of Mexico City.   I am also getting training on how to improve on my graphic design skills and begin to market them so my family can become independent.

My dream is to use my gifts and art to help end human trafficking.  I would like to be a freelance graphic designer and one day open an art studio for children.  My dream for Mateo is that he becomes a kind man who cares for others and stands up for justice.  Thank you for partnership with me and my son in helping our dreams become a reality.

 
 
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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 spent the following year finishing up the practicum requirements of my degree as an intern at hospital.  I am currently studying in a program that allows me to focus on a speciality and complete my degree so I can fully work as a nurse.

My dream is to become a full-time 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.  One day I would like to have a family of my own.