More than 300 professional social workers and caregivers are attending the two-day 2014 Evergreen Conference: Promoting Positive Youth Development at the Sanford Center. On the first day, the keynote speaker was Joy Friedman with Breaking Free, who spoke on Keeping Youth Out of Sex Trafficking. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER
Breaking ‘the life’ cycle: Sex traffic survivor speaks out
BEMIDJI -- Hoochie, slut, tramp, prostitute -- victim.
Joy Friedman has heard all the words. She has lived “the life.” Friedman is a sex traffic survivor. She was raped, beaten and held captive by her boyfriend and two of his friends at age 15 and entered into a 22 year cycle of prostitution, violence and drugs. But don’t call her a prostitute, she was a victim.
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