My dream is to make known the issue of human trafficking. I’ve spoken at the Vatican and before the U.S. Congress, and hope to continue advocating for victims worldwide.
I was raped 43,200 times by my own estimate. My name is Karla and I was forced to have sex with 30 men a day, seven days a week, for the better part of four years — 43,200 men.
I came from a dysfunctional family. I was sexually abused and mistreated from the age of 5. When I was 12, I was targeted by a trafficker who lured me away using kind words and a fast car. Not long after I met him, he convinced me to live with him and for three months he treated me very well – bringing me flowers, chocolates, clothes, etc.
That was the beginning of four years of hell – not long after, he forced me to work as a prostitute. This man, 10 years my senior, trafficked me in Guadalajara and other cities. I would be sent to brothels, roadside motels, streets known for prostitution and even homes. My trafficker would punch me, kick me, pull my hair, spit at me in the face and one day I was burned with an iron. At 15, I had a baby girl that was fathered by this pimp and he would threaten to harm her if I didn’t do everything he wished.
I was rescued in 2008 during an anti-trafficking raid in Mexico City. I am now an advocate against human trafficking, telling my story at conferences and public events. I have spoken at the Vatican and even before the US Congress. I am now getting my GED with the help of Reintegra, who also provides me with my living expenses as a survivor and as a mom. My dream is help take the blindfold off of people’s eyes and let the world know that minors are being abducted, lured and yanked away from their families. To do nothing puts countless girls at risk of being trafficked for years and raped thousands of times, just as I was.
Go here to view Karla’s story on CNN.