Happily married now for 37 years and a proud mother to five sons also committed to social justice, Megan has overcome extraordinary misfortune. Heavily medicated during her childhood for epilepsy, she also lost her father when she was 12 years old, which destabilized her family. Beginning on her 14th birthday, Megan was trafficked by a violent and abusive older classmate. Believing her trafficker’s threats to harm her family if she spoke out, Megan stayed silent about her abuse both in school and at home. Her trafficker also alienated her from her mother by convincing her that only he could protect her. Only after coming out of a coma resulting from a terrible accident did Megan decide to speak out about her experiences, and begin the process of healing.
“I haven’t spoken to people who ‘choose’ this life, or see it as an aspiration. People often feel worthless, and that this is their only value. Once trafficked, you don’t feel like there are other options after being bought and sold.”