Raised on a ranch in Mexico with no running water or electricity and giving birth to twin girls in tenth grade, Veronica Munguia’s difficult childhood also included witnessing the brutal abuse of her mother by her grandfather and learning that her mother was being prostituted. Ms. Munguia herself was prostituted, after being trafficked to the United States, in a “massage parlor.” She was held in a small room, where men came for sex while she was kept drugged, with only a mattress, a bucket of water, and towels as creature comforts. Only when jailed on an unrelated charge was she able to escape by informing authorities that she had been trafficked. In exchange for her cooperation, Ms. Munguia avoided deportation.
“I came from the shadows into the light. It is all very disturbing but eventually I was able to talk about it and ended up finding freedom.”