The last time she appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court she was a victim. She returned Friday as a beaming, beautiful bride.
Carmen is also a survivor. Forced into prostitution at 14 by human traffickers from Mexico’s notorious town of pimps, she bravely testified at her tormentors’ sentencings in 2014.
She described how she had been subjected to brutal beatings, sexual abuse, indignities, and wishing that she was dead.
Judge Pamela Chen, who prosecuted the human traffickers in federal court, presided over the wedding of Carmen to her husband Luis, praising her “indomitable will to thrive and be happy.”
“No one deserves to find happiness and love more than Carmen,” the judge said. “Carmen’s ability to transcend her prior experiences is breathtaking.”