PAMELA

My dream is to become a nurse so that I can identify and rescue victims of trafficking in hospitals.

Because my parents had divorced, the financial situation at our home was very difficult, so as a teen, I left school.  One day I was walking in downtown Puebla looking for work when my ex-boyfriend forced me in to a taxi at knife point, and took me back to his house. When we get there, he told me that he is going to prostitute me. When I refused, he started beating me.

During the next three years I was raped on a daily basis in Puebla, Mexico City, and Veracruz by 30 to 50 men so I could cover the fees that he demanded of me. If I did not bring home the money he would beat me with whatever he could find: wood planks, cables, picks, punches, etc. He would not feed me for days, and he was always threatening that if I did not do what he wanted, he would kill my family.

Twice I got pregnant but both times he found out and beat me into an abortion. During the time of my captivity, I had to go to the Emergency Room on several occasions. Every single time, the medical staff asked him all the questions instead of me, and he always answered that I was stupid, that I had fallen down the stairs or elsewhere. The doctors and nurses never asked me how I was, they always let me go home with him again. I knew then, that I could not ask anyone for help, and that this life would be my plight until he killed me from a beating.

May 7th, 2012 my trafficker came to the corner where I was standing and he hit me because I had taken 1 minute longer with a client than was allowed. He told me to go to the next street as he yelled that he was going to kill me. Thanks to someone that witnessed the scene, and decided to not keep quiet, and they reported to the PGJ (FBI), they came for me and arrested my trafficker.

Today, thanks to organizations like Fundación Camino a Casa and Reintegra and many others that donate money for our care and attention, I am a survivor that has reached a very important goal in my life.  June 2017, I graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a Degree in Nursing.  My dream is to do what no one did for me and help identify victims of sex trafficking and sex abuse while working in a hospital. Today, I help at Fundación Camino a Casa with the younger girls that are at the shelter and with @SinTrata, giving conferences for education and prevention in schools.

I still have more dreams to reach, one is to continue my prevention work, another is to form a family. I want to continue my education, and one day open a retirement home for sick older people, so they can receive good and dignified care.

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To learn a little more about Pamela’s story, you can read an excerpt from Forbes Mexico June 2016.