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A NC Human Trafficking Victim Shares Story, Local Organization Helps Victims

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Greensboro, NC-- One woman shares her story with News 2 about being a human trafficking survivor.

When you hear, human trafficking, you might think, that doesn't happen here. The reality is, it does. In fact, three years ago the Guilford County Sheriff's Office rescued a woman who was being held captive in Greensboro.

READ: First Human Trafficking Victim Rescued In Guilford County

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to a woman we're calling "Jane". Jane was a victim of sex trafficking in Guilford County.

As a teenager, she fell under the lure of an older man and she moved in with him. Jane was 16-years-old and the man she considered her boyfriend was 40-years-old. Jane's trafficker took sexual pictures of her and without her knowing, mass produced the pictures and sold them.

"They became more sexual over time. During that time, I was forced to do things with animals. I was drugged. I would wake up. I didn't know where I was. He would keep a tally on the calendar of how many times we quote-unquote made love but it really was how many times I was being raped," said Jane.

Now, Jane's trafficker is dead. She speaks about her experience and spreads awareness about how sex trafficking can really start. She also speaks to legislators about cracking down on human trafficking.

It's stories like Jane's that inspired, Change Purse, an organization that encourages hope through raising awareness and helps survivors of sex trafficking.

Angela Moran is the co-founder of Change Purse. She was a stay-at-home-mom who had a stirring in her heart to help this cause.

Change Purse started in November of 2010. They collect old purses and re-sell them. Sixty percent of the profit goes toward organizations that help survivors and catch sex trafficking operations. Hope House is one of the organizations they help fund.

Another fifteen percent of the profit goes to awareness outreach like brochures and speaking events. No one in the organization gets a paycheck.

WFMY News 2

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