Noel Gomez was trafficked by an adult “boyfriend” as a teenager after growing up in an abusive household and becoming pregnant and homeless at the age of 15 years. Every time she escaped her trafficker, he re-abducted her. She survived various forms of sexual exploitation until she was able to exit the sex trade at age 32.
“If someone weren’t offering money, you wouldn’t have sex with him. You’re choosing the money because you need it to survive. The sexual interaction is not a choice. The misconception is that prostitution is glamorous, and will get you where you want to go but you don’t realize it is killing your soul. It is so much work to find out who you are, if you ever get out. You become a different person and don’t realize how much damage it is doing to you physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The harmful effects will eventually take over your psyche and soul.”