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Human Trafficking: North Texan Shares Her Survivor Story At SMU Conference

CBS News

Originally Posted: September 14, 2017

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Rebekah Charleston survived ten years of being trapped in the world of human trafficking. She shared her life story at the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program’s community workshop aimed at combating the problem.

During the seminar, she recalled the time when she escaped her trafficker. “I knew I had 20 months to start my life over before he hunted me down and killed me. When someone beats you so brutally that you have blood dripping out of your mouth from your gums being cut on your teeth, you tend to believe them when they say they’ll kill you.”

Charleston says the recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, can make women even more vulnerable — and that traffickers kept working even during the storms. WATCH