How an Elgin County farm is helping teenage victims of human trafficking


It's a sunny November morning on the farm, and a 16-year-old girl sits on a bench with a cat purring against her leg.

The moment could be a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting—and it's a long way from where she was two years ago.

Starting when she was just 14, the girl—whose name can't be published because she's still a minor—was being sold for sex.

"I was first pimped out by this one guy, and at first I thought it was optional, like this was what I wanted to do," she said.

"But being 14 and under the influence, I'd quickly find out I didn't want to be there, and sadly when I found that out it wasn't optional any more."

During this time she was also using drugs, and was eventually found passed out by the side of a road.

That moment was a turning point, she said.

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