It can happen to you

This is not something that happened to me personally, but everyday there is another victim to human trafficking who believes it could never happen to them.

Every single highway restroom had the same sign. Beware of human trafficking. We joked and laughed each time we saw another sign. Who does that? It’s 2020, and why would anyone buy or sell humans? That was back in the Pirate days. Living a sheltered life would take us down the highway to hell. 

Two of us girls had been on the road for three days when we learned the cold hard truth. It does exist, and if you close your eyes, you might be the next victim. My best friend learned that the hard way. Both of us are still living with the thoughts that everything happens to someone else. We let our guard down and learned a valuable lesson. No matter how much money you have, it can happen to you. 

After being up for 24 hours, we needed to stop for some sleep. Corpus Christi was only an hour away, but neither of us could keep our eyes open any more. A cheap roadside highway was 29 bucks a night, and if we stayed only a few hours, it should be safe. It wasn’t. Just long enough to get a little bit of sleep and be on our way. I guess you do get what you pay for, and sometimes spending a little more can save your life. 

After about 20 minutes of sound sleep, the door opened, and three men burst in with guns. All were dominant and demanding in what they wanted of us. Arella was the first one. They ripped her clothing from her body, shoving cocks in all her holes. She screamed for mercy, but there was nothing I could do. Or could I? Should I have fought for my friend and lost myself to the rage of these men as well? 

This road trip turned into a rape gone wrong. As the men focused on her, I was the worst friend ever. I escaped, drove off, and never looked back. My best friend has been missing for two months now, and the police say human trafficking got her. We joked about it the entire trip, and then it happened to us. There are signs everywhere around us. Sometimes we need to slow down, read the walls, and realize that financial status doesn’t make us better than anyone else. 

1 (888) 373-7888National Human Trafficking Hotline

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

Website: humantraffickinghotline.org

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