In an effort to raise awareness about an ongoing issue that is seldom discussed, Karla Jacinto recently opened up about her past as a human trafficking survivor who has been raped over 43,200 times.
She told her shocking, heartbreaking story to CNN, divulging the tragic details of her childhood and adolescence in Mexico. Karla grew up in an abusive household and at age twelve, was approached by a 22-year-old man who won her over through kindness and gifts. She left her home to be with him, and within a few months, discovered he was a sex trafficker.
Karla was forced to become a prostitute, seeing up to 30 customers a day for four years.
At one point, she believed she was saved when a police operation came through and kicked out all the customers at a hotel she was working at. However, the officers only shot compromising videos of all the girls, despite the fact that the majority of them were minors, and blackmailed the girls with them, saying they would send the videos to their families “if they didn’t do everything they asked.”
Karla was rescued from the torment when she was sixteen—she is now twenty-three and works as an activist, raising public consciousness about the horrific trade that continues to plague many countries, including the United States.
Karla affirms that, “These minors are being abducted, lured, and yanked away from their families. Don't just listen to me. You need to learn about what happened to me and take the blindfold off your eyes."
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