PATY

My dream is to become a lawyer and legislator to rescue victims and fight for human rights.

I am from Veracruz. I was a victim of Human Trafficking 8 years ago, when I was 17 years old. I come from a very dysfunctional family and my greatest  desire was to know what if felt like to feel loved and to have a family. I never knew my father and my mother went to the United States to find work, so I grew up with my grandmother, who died when I was 15. I was left alone to fend for myself in the world.

I had always been very vulnerable, but at the moment I met Pedro, my exploiter, I was more vulnerable than ever. Pedro made himself out to be the ‘Prince Charming’ I was looking for. He asked me to marry him, and I accepted thinking that this was the way to get what I always dreamed of: “a family and happiness.” But, it was all a lie. It was his way of manipulating me into selling my body.  He sexually exploited me in Mexico City, in the area of La Merced.

One day, God heard my cries and saw my heart – filled with pain and hurt. During a raid, I was rescued by the police. I was taken to Fundación Camino a Casa where I met incredible people like German Villar and Rosi Orozco. They helped me believe again; they helped me recuperate my dreams but most of all they helped me start to live again.

Today, thanks to the support of Reintegra, I am in law school. My greatest dream is to be an instrument in God’s hands to help save lives, and rescue more girls and boys that are living as vulnerable as I was. I want to be a lawyer that fights for freedom, for life, for values, and for Human Rights. I would like to be a legislator so that I can be part of the change in my country because most importantly I want to be a WOMAN OF CHANGE, AN EXAMPLE, A WOMAN OF GOD so that my testimony can help as a message of hope: that even when everything has been taken from you, you can start again and be happy.



 

 

View more of Paty’s story on CNN Freedom Project.