Ex-Sex Slave Raises Awareness About Human Trafficking

“Rosita Curry fell into prostitution at age 13 after she was befriended by a man who later sold her to a pimp.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman on Saturday got the chance to thank the police officer who she said saved her from a life of human trafficking.

The women’s shelter, Rahab’s Hideaway, hosted the “Beauty for Ashes” awareness and fund raiser Saturday, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported.

Former trafficking victim Rosita Curry shared her personal experience.

“Human trafficking is a new term to a lot of people. But for many, it has been away of life for way too long,” Curry said. “I was forced by a man to sell dogs, drugs and then myself.”

Curry’s life of prostitution ended when she was arrested by Columbus police Detective Jeff Ackley in April, McEntyre reported.

“He wasn’t one of the cops I thought he was,” Curry said. “I made the statement, ‘You don’t care, you’re just gonna lock me up,’ But he proved me wrong.”

When he was reunited with Curry, Ackley said she looked like a completely different girl.

“It’s so rare to see a girl escape and do something with her life and just do good,” Ackley said. “We are so happy and thrilled to death.”

James Pond, the founder and executive director of Transitions Global, an organization that builds new lives for survivors of sex trafficking, said that human trafficking is a reality in central Ohio.

“Ohio in particular has a very unique issue because there are a lot of major freeways for transport,” Pond said.

The U.S. State Department estimates between 15,000 and 18,000 women and girls in the U.S. are forced into trafficking each year, McEntyre reported.

source: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2010/01/09/story_human_trafficking.html?sid=102

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  1. I was just readin up on this weeks google picks, and i came across Rosita Curry’s name & story. & man, did it give me chills!! Fortunately i was never actually trafficked; so i can only imagine the extent of what happened in Rosita’s case. I would like to talk with her? If that is possible. You can email me at ShaunaBby2123@yahoo.com

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