Leah was trapped in the sex trade for nearly a decade. Trafficked as a teen, she was physically held hostage during her adolescent years. The men enslaving her didn’t sedate Leah with heroin like they did with other girls, but instead they chose a different bargaining chip—her baby.
When Leah gave birth to a baby girl, Rylee, the men holding Leah hostage took her baby away. The only way Leah could see Rylee was if she did what they wanted.
The exploitation and psychological torment continued until the day another trafficked girl told Leah a way of escape, and offered a contact to help her reach safety.
After nearly a decade of sexual slavery, Leah made her break for it one night with her child.
The transition was difficult.
Leah went from living in the sex trade to now being homeless. She found her way to a shelter and spent time processing her trauma. She started to dream of a different reality for herself and Rylee after a decade long nightmare. Leah benefitted from the shelter, but knew she needed help to build a new foundation for her life.
That’s when Leah and Rylee moved to Vision House, where she began the process of building her confidence.
At Vision House Leah felt safe enough to identify her trafficker, resulting in his arrest and imprisonment. She has since become a mentor for other women who have been trafficked.
Rylee has also experienced transformation and has even made close friends at Vision House!
Thanks to you and the compassion you show to others like her, Leah is now able to share her story without shame, and without fear! Thank you for giving Leah a place to heal, become empowered and raise her daughter safely.