Despite the staggering statistics, it's often difficult to believe sex trafficking really does happen in our communities.
In her first interview, one survivor is sharing her story as proof.
Because she's a victim, we're protecting her identity. Her darkened silhouette outlines a body. It was purchased, but really stolen from her.
"I don't ever remember thinking too much," she says recalling the 25 years she was trapped in sex trafficking. "I was really, really scared though. I knew it was wrong. There were several situations were I was forced to do it, where I was told, this is what you're doing, unless you want to end up in a ditch."