For about two years as a teenager, Angie Conn, of Buffalo, was trapped by physical force.
For about eight years, she was trapped by the darkness that followed.
Conn, a survivor of human trafficking, couldn’t see a future in front of her. When she looked in the mirror, she couldn’t see her own self-worth. As a teenager, she never thought she’d live past age 20.
Conn’s spiral into darkness started at age 15, when she was a victim of date rape. She felt isolated and ashamed, and, in search of numbness, she began to self-medicate with alcohol. She wondered if the experiences defined her value as a person.