Joy Friedman

Survivor of Prostitution and Spokesperson, Mentor, Abolitionist, and Advocate

Joy Friedman

From the time she was in her teens until the age of 37, Joy Friedman survived brutal and terrifying years of being exploited in different arenas in the sex trade. A survivor of domestic abuse, drug addiction, and sexual exploitation, Ms. Friedman overcame years of torture, hardship, and instability to become a valued and seasoned mentor to other women in need of support, and today is a powerful motivational speaker and a leader in the fight to combat sex trafficking and exploitation.

“In this day and age, it’s a shame that in the U.S. a human being can still be bought, sold, or traded at a price. We are a land of the free, except for those ‘others’ who are being sacrificed for the sole purpose of adult sexual satisfaction and what the U.S. calls ‘adult entertainment.’ The abuse and violence inflicted on a person’s child is acceptable as long as someone is willing to pay the price for this exploitation. This should not exist! We need to stop justifying and minimizing it now!”