When she was just 15-years-old and pregnant, Noel Gomez was kicked out of an abusive and alcoholic household and forced to face the rainy streets of Seattle alone.
Sometime in the near future, Gomez met a man in a grocery store parking lot who soon became her boyfriend, or so she was duped into believing. This man was actually a pimp who spent the next several months “grooming and brainwashing” her before he introduced her to prostitution. It wasn’t until 15 years later that she was able to break away from the lifestyle of sex work.
“Pimps get you by offering all the things that you’re missing which can be self-esteem or self-love,” Gomez said, “What matters is what you’re lacking inside.”