“Victims of human trafficking are groomed for that life. Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. We need to train our children what to watch for. Human Trafficking is in our schools, in parking lots waiting for kids…from Detroit to Birmingham.” Joyce Dixson Haskett, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, SAP, knows the horrors of human trafficking all too well.
“All of a sudden I was somebody. He validated me.” After a traumatizing childhood filled with sexual abuse, Ms. Dixson Haskett was eager for the attention and affection given by the wrong person…the man who would eventually trap her as a victim of human trafficking.
“You are not a person. You are a product and you belong to them.” Joyce Dixson Haskett thought she was in a loving relationship, until her partner became her abuser, taking away all forms of her identity from her driver’s license to her Social Security Card, in order to hold her as a victim of human trafficking.
“I knew that if I didn’t get out, he was going to kill me. Either he was going to kill me or someone on the streets was going to kill me.” Escaping human trafficking was a life or death situation for Joyce Dixson Haskett. Hear how she got out on this Emmy nominated episode.