She kept her story hidden for more than 30 years.
But when local chef Tina Palmisano read the coverage about sex trafficking in The Times, she felt her heart start beating fast.
She connected, in particular, with the young women sheltered at the Free Indeed Home — the state’s only safe house for child victims of trafficking.
She decided it was time to come forward with her story— without fear, without walls, without holding anything back.
“This will be the first time that I have told this story to a reporter,” she wrote in the email preceding her interview. “I’m finally ready to offer a window into the mind of a survivor. It’s time.”