Some of their stories were of being conned instead of abducted, like my own. As a 12 year old girl in New York city I was prime pickings for the pimps that were laying in wait for someone just like me. I wanted to stand up and cheer when one survivor gave her victim impact statement in court while the pimp that abused her waited for his sentence. He only got a couple of years in prison.
I also wondered where my ex pimp Leon Spears (Moses) is today if he is still alive. And I thought of all the things I would say in my own victim impact statment to the court about him. I would tell the court how he stole my youth and my hopes and dreams. Never mind the money. True he took thousands and thousands of dollars from me, but I would give it all away to have my youth and innocence back. He was a thirty year old man when I met him as a 13 year old girl.
I have had a calling to help other young women for a long time, after watching last night
s America's Most wanted I want to help even more.
I was moved and happy to see activists pushing for changes in the language that is used with young women that have been forced into prostitution. Instead of calling them prostitutes, activists are pushing for the term trafficked. Calling a young girl a prostitute brings to mind one image and calling her a trafficked girl brings another. That whole discussion brought relief to me, I never thought of calling myself trafficked. I knew it was never my fault all that happened to me, but the police always seemed to think so when they arrested me, over and over and over. They never questioned me twice when I lied about my age. I even went to Rikers Island once until I was so scared I broke down and told them my true age and made someone listen to me.
I can only pray that specials like last evenings are not specials and all the predators and pimps are locked up forever.