Christine was first trafficked for sex by a family member at age four. Throughout her childhood, while enduring an immense amount of abuse, she fought to complete her education and ultimately earned a master’s degree.
“No person should ever be sold, exploited, or dehumanized. A society is measured by how it treats its weakest. Those most vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking are often those who are most marginalized. We must do everything possible to protect vulnerable individuals, particularly those marginalized by virtue of poverty, race, youth, and foster care. Individuals who are being exploited in our communities are often unseen. It is essential to begin to recognize, respond to, protect, and restore the dignity of those who are being victimized and punish the buyers who exploit girls and women.”