Lisa Gagnier

Survivor of Prostitution and Mentor

Lisa Gagnier

Lisa Gagnier entered the sex trade at the age of 23 soon after her mother died, which devastated and destabilized her. After spending eight years in prostitution in various settings and struggling with a drug addiction that was intertwined with her life during that period, she successfully struggled to leave “the life” and recover and now interns at Breaking Free, an organization that supports and mentors survivors of sex trafficking.

“I was college educated and believed that because of that and that I wasn’t a child, I wouldn’t be hurt or exploited in the sex trade and that I could control my circumstances. I quickly learned that this was not the case and it took many years to get out of the harmful and dangerous lifestyle I was caught in.”