Tortured and trafficked for sex and pornography as a child by family members and others, Jeanette Westbrook is one of only a few survivors to have pursued a criminal prosecution against one of her traffickers as an adult, in 1992, due to Kentucky having no statute of limitations for this crime. Having earned a master’s degree in social work, Ms. Westbrook serves in that profession while advocating as an internationally recognized human rights activist, public speaker, and singer/songwriter. Her advocacy for empowerment and justice for exploited women and girls also includes serving for 14 years as a guest lecturer at Indiana University’s Criminal Justice Department.
“Until we provide an accessible pathway to adjudication and hold buyers, pimps, and traffickers accountable, we will continue to reap the horrors of silenced exploitation. When silenced no more, we pull back the veil, speak our realities and truth, and demand freedom from all forms of exploitation.”