Criminal records follow women who escape prostitution and seek new lives

Women trafficked for prostitution as teenagers can become lifelong victims — their criminal records hounding them as they attempt to transition into mainstream society.

In Utah, however, women leaving the sex trade could stand a better chance after the enactment of a law this year that could open doors for those who were trafficked — that is, forced or coerced into prostitution. But even with the new law, getting criminal charges vacated could be challenging because those seeking relief must prove they were trafficked.

Beth Jacobs serves as an example of what has commonly happened to women who escaped forced prostitution.

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