Hey, I’m Sula.  The person that shared this with you really cares about you.  I wish I would have known what you’re about to know… Before I became a victim of Sex Trafficking.  At 2o years old I was given a modeling opportunity with a clothing line in another country.  I was overwhelmed by the thought of this huge dream, that this could possibly be my big break in my brand new modeling career.  It was too good to be true.  They offered me an all-expenses paid trip.  I was going to stay at a resort that was featured on the TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.  Celebrities went there for vacation.  This was a big deal!!!  When I arrived, it was not at all what I expected.  I soon found out that I was trapped in a nightmare.  Without my knowing, I had been purchased as a sex slave, a sex toy, for a billionaire and his girlfriend.  They actually bought me as a Christmas gift.  I won’t go into all of the horrific details of what I endured right now.  But, I never knew that this type of evil even existed!  I didn’t know that people bought people like products for their own sick and twisted sexual fantasies.... I didn’t know that people would trick and force regular American girls like me into being sex slaves. So, why am I telling you all of this???  Because I

don’t want this to happen to you.  This letter is not intended to make you afraid or impart fear, but to empower you with awareness that will lead to prevention.

 

So here are some facts…

 

The United States is one of the top 3 nations in which trafficking originates.

-2016 U.S. Dept. of State Trafficking In Persons Report

Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. -Unicef

The top recruitment tactic by sex traffickers in the US reported by Polaris in 2016 was “Intimate Partner / Marriage Proposition.”

 

There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp. –U.S. Department of Justice

 

The average age a girl enters the commercial sex trade is 12-14 years old. For boys, it’s even younger, just 11-13 years old. - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

 

Each year, as many as 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States.

-U.S. Department of Justice

In 2017, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 7 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.

Computer-sex offenders will work very hard at driving a wedge between a child and their family or at exploiting their relationship. They will accentuate any minor problems at home that the child might have. Children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization.

-Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division Innocent Images National Initiative

Here are some things to look for…

 

-Dreams being sold to you that seem too good to be true.

-Online safety, especially on social media, as the internet is one of the primary ways in which traffickers find, trap and sell victims. (Heighten your security and location setting on your apps.)

-When someone threatens you online or through social media to send nude pictures or videos of yourself.  No matter the threat, don't give in and immediately report it to a trusted adult and law enforcement.

-A free one way ticket being given to you for a fun trip or business opportunity.

-Someone much older, that you don’t really know, taking interest in dating you and spoiling you with lots of free stuff.

-When someone tries to isolate you from family and friends to convince you to be in a relationship solely dependent on them.

-Anytime you get into drugs, you are putting yourself at risk, being that wherever drugs are sold, Sex Trafficking is usually connected and close by.  If a trafficker can get you addicted, they can easily exploit you.

-Underage drinking at parties, where often people are drugged, raped and forced/broken into the sex trade.

-A job that requires you to quickly relocate.

-Abusive relationships can also potentially lead to sexual exploitation.

-Being in a relationship with someone addicted to pornography is a risk…. Being that it can lead to being forced to do sexual acts for them or people they know.  There is a huge connection between porn and sex trafficking.

-Being lured to catch a ride with a stranger.

-Running away from home puts you at risk.  Statistics show that within a few days you will be approached for sex, often leading to sexual exploitation or victimization.

-Any time someone suggests or tries to convince you to do a sexual act, which you are not comfortable with, for them or people that they know.

 

What should you do?

 

Educate yourself more about Sex Trafficking.  Take a self-defense class if you have never done so.  Make wise decisions, thinking of safety first.  Know that because you are aware, you are now safer than those who still don’t know about this.  Protect the friends and family that you care about by making them aware of Sex Trafficking.  For more info on Sex Trafficking, valuable resources, or to find out more about my story, go to www.sulaskiles.com.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  You are loved, you are valuable and you always deserve to be treated that way!

 

With Love,

Sula Skiles

 

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