Trafficking Survivor Completed World’s Longest Triathlon To Help Other Victims



This woman went from trafficking victim to triathlon victor.

When Norma Bastidas shattered the world record for longest triathlon in 2014, by completing a 3,762-mile race, she did it in the name of human trafficking victims. Now nonprofit iEmpathize is raising funds to make a documentary about her, to raise awareness of the issue of exploitation and to show people what survivors are capable of.

“I was a survivor of sexual violence and human trafficking,” Bastidas said in a video interview with the filmmakers. “I did a world record in honor of other survivors, to say: Look at us.”

Her story is a familiar one when it comes to human trafficking: Raised in a struggling family in Mexico, at 19 she was offered a modeling job in Japan, according to CNN. But Wwhen she arrived, she realized there was no job — instead, her papers were taken away and she was sold to a wealthy man.

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