Three women gathered and told their stories at Cal State Fullerton’s 4th annual Violence Prevention Conference. Rachel Thomas, Cody Foute, and D’Lita Miller all share a past of trafficking, yet each story varies greatly in specifics. Two came from broken homes, one was tricked during college, and all suffered the mental, emotional, and sexual abuse that comes with sex trafficking, whether it be from the paying “Johns” or the pimps themselves.

Fortunately, each one managed to escape before precious time ran out. “We were victims; then we became survivors, but now we are leaders,” Miller said. Although they have pasts filled with lies and struggles, they understand their worth now as teachers and educators to others and fellow victims. The conference brought to the audience new insights into the dark world of slavery and the fact that it happens all around every day.