A human trafficking victim, Karla Jacinto, has revealed how she was forced to sleep with at least, 30 men daily for over four years as a teenager. She estimated that she was molested 43, 000 times at the age of 16.
The 24-year-old Mexican said she was eventually rescued in 2008 as part of an anti-trafficking operation in Mexico City. She recounted her past, showing photos of herself at the age of 12, saying, “I was first targeted at the age of 12 by a trafficker who prized me away from my dysfunctional family with gifts and money.
“I was eventually taken to Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s biggest cities, and forced to work as a prostitute. They would beat me with sticks, they would beat me with cables, they would beat me with chains. They forced me into prostitution at age 12. There were people who would laugh at me because I was crying. I had to close my eyes so I wouldn’t see what they were doing to me. Some of my attackers were uniformed police officers as well as judges, priests and pastors. I thought they were disgusting. They knew we were minors; we were not even developed. We had sad faces.”
Speaking further, she said her life has been turned around to help others.
At the age of 24, after years of recovery from the deep emotional wounds and harrowing memories of saxual abuse she suffered, she said she has become a human rights activist.
“Nowadays people are listening to me, I now travel the world giving help and advice to other victims of saxual slavery – even meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the issue. I’m not just surviving; I’m thriving as a human rights activist speaking out against modern-day slavery,” Jacinto added.
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