Kyler grew up in an upper middle class family in South Dakota. He was trafficked for sex as a teenager, but was finally able to escape his exploiters, who had attempted to kill him and threatened the lives of his parents.
“I want America to know that Americans are being sex-trafficked! If I could prevent one more child from becoming a victim—or inspire even one victim to find the courage to seek help—then I did what I came here for! It’s time never again to be silent! I’m here to tell you that this can happen to anyone—including boys. My buyers were husbands and fathers who had good careers—“straight” married men. I had everything taken away from me—my innocence and a healthy adolescence. As a survivor, I want you to know that you are loved and that you can survive whatever situation you are in!”