In the Booth with Ruth – Anna Beard, Child Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Human Trafficking Activist and Advocate

“While I was being trafficked, I had no idea that it was trafficking,” says Anna Beard, Child Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Human Trafficking Activist and Advocate. “The reason I had no idea was because there was no awareness of what trafficking was… the grooming and manipulation tactics used by traffickers. This was how I was able to fall under the control of one… If I knew the signs concerning human trafficking, I would not have fallen victim to it. Now that I have gained restoration, I have a heart to bring awareness to the public – specifically at-risk youth. I want to bring an end to unawareness and promote education as a method of prevention.”

Ruth Jacobs

Anna Beard

How did you become involved in the movement against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation?

Unfortunately, I was trafficked at the age seventeen by a co-worker who was forty years old. I was in that situation while still attending high school, until I was nineteen. During that time, I was forced to do unthinkable things and experienced extreme sexual violation through manipulation and brainwashing while participating in his ‘art project’. I didn’t find out until years later that what I was actually doing was pornography.

What draws you to support people who are trafficked and sexually exploited?

While I was being trafficked, I had no idea that it was trafficking. The reason I had no idea was because there was no awareness of what trafficking was. My situation began in 2003 and although the law regarding human trafficking was established in 2000, there was still no awareness about the grooming and…

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