Speaking to hundreds of leaders and advocates in Orlando where it all began, Octavis shared her past of prostitution on Human Trafficking Awareness Day. With a childhood in foster care as a habitual runaway and later a manipulative boyfriend, Octavis was sucked into a life of sexual exploitation at the age of 13.

Focusing on Central Florida, where Octavis’ trafficking took place, Tomas Lares—chairman of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force—enlightened the audience on the lure of sun and fun and the resulting heightened illegal activities in the area. Florida is third nationally for the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline.

Octavis, now reformed from the life of prostitution and human trafficking, earned her GED and is working with the state Department of Children and Family. She strives to help victims like herself become survivors.