Brendale McAfee began using drugs at the age of 12 and entered the sex trade to support her addiction. Tortured so severely in prostitution that she almost lost her life, Ms. McAfee is now 60 years old. She has since worked at Dawn’s Place, the organization that helped her exit the sex trade and reclaim her life.
“A lot of the women out there are asking for help and need help. When in prostitution, I felt scared to go home and face my mom, son, brothers, and sisters. I hid outside because the choices I made had made me feel dirty and used, but I really hurt my family by not coming home. I would tell girls to NOT go there. I lived through it and it’s not safe for a young person out there. Stay in school and learn as much as you can!”