Sexually abused by her step-father and numerous other men throughout her childhood, Crystal Isle entered prostitution in her 20s. She is now earning a degree in social work to provide trauma-informed services. Ms. Isle works with survivors of sexual exploitation and educates both the general public and medical professionals about human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is all around—you just need to look through a different lens. It’s an equal opportunity destroyer. Virtually every person out there on the streets was sexually abused as a child, making them a target for further exploitation. Predators can sense vulnerability from a mile away. We can fight this with more services in place and giving hope to survivors that there is something better on the other side. I want to give a voice to the thousands of children, women, and men who cannot speak. It is essential that they see someone who has made it through.”