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I Was Human Trafficked for 10 Years. We Can Do More to Stop It: Barbara Amaya at TEDxMidAtlantic (Transcript)

So, I’ve taken my life back, I’ve advocated for legislation, help get legislation passed. I have been to the White House. And I have helped get the Safe Harbor Bill passed here in Washington, DC. And I know some of you may be thinking, “That would never happen to me. And it certainly wouldn’t happen to my family.” And I pray that it doesn’t. But I’m here to tell you, human trafficking does happen in the United States. It really does. I don’t quote statistics, because I think they’re all over the place.

But would it really matter if it was one billion children exploited or one? It would still matter, wouldn’t it? Do the numbers matter? That child you see out on the street, or online today, is not there by choice. Sometimes, what we see is not what it is at all, you know. I know one person can make a difference. Because when I speak across the country, I have young victims of human trafficking talking to me, and telling me their stories. So, I believe we can all make a difference. Thank you.

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