Jenny Gaines survived 28 years of sex trafficking and prostitution. At age 14, she was recruited within 48 hours of running away from home during a painful time in her family life. As a teenager, she was trafficked from Minneapolis to New York City and later around the United States. Ms. Gaines felt “trapped and all used up” in that lifestyle and often felt like she wanted to die. For the past five years, Ms. Gaines has been a mentor and advocate for women struggling to exit prostitution. She feels empowered to be a part of the movement to end all forms of sexual exploitation.
“Prostitution ate me from the inside out. While in it, I could not see any way out. In ‘the life’, nobody supports you to make good decisions but everyone supports you to make bad decisions.”to make good decisions but everyone supports you to make bad decisions.”