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I am a thoughtful, well-spoken survivor and leader in the anti-trafficking movement. In addition to my life experience as a survivor of sexual exploitation, I bring the commitment, perspective, and necessary advocacy skills to guide the hard work of survivor transformation through to success.
I believe it takes the whole community to support victims so that they can become survivors. Empowering women and watching them heal and transform their lives is what drives my passion for this work.
I am a young women who has risen above the victimization of men and from trafficking heroin, crack cocaine, and guns into the state of Vermont. I have been directly affected by the choices and sacrifices I’ve made in my relationships.
I am a recovering addict who has lost her children to the state I live in. I have a criminal record that shows how those choices ended in me being incarcerated. I struggle daily not to repeat them. I hope my message helps others become aware of women who are abused and vulnerable to men who are looking to capitalize on crime.
I am 21, an addict in recovery, and a mom raising a two-year-old. I was raised in Vermont by two very loving parents. I am a strong believer that the things I have been through made me the person and mother I am today.
I started using drugs when I was about fifteen and from there my addiction escalated. I have been in numerous abusive relationships as well as raped and ‘pimped out.’ I was arrested, which I believe saved my life. I am now almost six months sober and living a life I never thought I would be able to.
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The Table: Victims of human trafficking in Vermont
Megan McCarthy thanks god that she was arrested after a man lured her and then used her addiction to drugs to trap her and sell her for sex. She shared her story and how she got out and stayed out on the latest episode of ‘The Table’.
Check out this story on burlingtonfreepress.com: http://bfpne.ws/26Y4V6
ESCAPING THE LIFE: Jennifer Costa exposed the underworld of human trafficking in this two part story.
WCAX: ESCAPING THE LIFE, PART 1
WCAX: ESCAPING THE LIFE, PART 2