Tiffany Mester grew up in a neglectful and abusive home, leaving her with no sense of her own value or love for herself and providing her with a poor foundation for a secure sense of identity. Her older sister introduced her to her first pimp after convincing her to run away with her when she was just 14 years old. She was trafficked for two years in Arizona and Southern California where she was arrested and placed in a juvenile hall. After being released, Ms. Mester completed her GED and went to college. She now works extensively with survivors and educates the public about human trafficking.
“Prostitution is not a victimless crime! There is so much trauma associated with these girls before entering prostitution and, because there is such a deep background of abuse in these women’s lives, there is no way it can be a victimless crime.”