Backpage sex trafficking at the Kentucky Derby

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It’s no secret that there is always an extreme uptick of sex trafficking at the time and location of major sporting events. Today’s Kentucky Derby is no different as Backpage traffic has increased in the days running up to the Derby.

I tend to not post those stories because it should be common sense. However I posted a link to this one because I wanted to share the story of a victim of sex trafficking that was quoted in the article…

Margeaux Gray knows the system all too well. She lived it for more than a decade.

“I was first exposed to trafficking, or sold into slavery, when I was 5-years-old,” she told WKYT’s Miranda Combs.

By the time Gray escaped, the trauma had left visible scars. She’s now legally blind, the effects of bulimia. She said she was sold for sex by someone she trusted, over and over again.

“By nine years old, I knew how to do things that no child should ever know how to do. No one. It’s unacceptable,” she said.

Gray doesn’t share details. She said the person who sold her for sex was never charged because prosecution was too painful for her.

“It’s all about control and controlling the victim so they can stay quiet. So I was brainwashed into believing a lot of things, and it worked.”

Yet people, and I use that term loosely, will use the myth of the ‘consenting adult’ to justify to themselves what they’re doing isn’t wrong when they order someone off of Backpage.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Call Specialists are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.

Human trafficking is nothing more than modern-day slavery and yet is probably one of the least known crimes among the American populace. Please help spread the word that it is an epidemic in our society.

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