Trafficked from Mexico and brought to the United States, Sandra was held captive by her trafficker and his sisters and forced into prostitution in both countries for four years. Eventually overcoming her shame, Sandra confided her abuse to a relative, who helped her escape.
“Women are not in prostitution voluntarily. The daily life of being in slavery and prostitution is hell. No one ever asked why I was there. That one question could have helped me. No one ever talked about sex in my house. Parents need to teach their children about a healthy sexuality, free from prostitution. I saw a lot of men take their teenage sons to brothels, which continues this pattern of exploitation. Survival is not synonymous with not having died. It is synonymous with having fought for one’s life against all evil and adversity.”