She met a 35-year old man online who convinces her to dance for him via her webcam. Over time, he escalates the encounters having her do stripteases and dance naked for him. He tells her she is beautiful and could become a model if she wants. Since their initial meeting she has believed him to be a talent agent looking for his next super star so when he asks for nude photos she complies. When she realizes he is lying to her she tells him she wants her photos and the videos he has made deleted. He laughs at her and says he made her internet famous so she got what she wanted. Mortified she begins cutting her arms and legs. The school resource officer sees the cuts on her arms and reaches out for help. Her social worker contacts PR asking if we would talk to her about cooperating with police and her therapist.
She loves wearing all black including her Doc Martin boots. Favorite color is blue or purple depending on her mood.
Sarah, a 17-year-old girl Phoenix Rising connected with through another community agency. Hazel was sex trafficked by a biker gang; forced into commercial sexual exploitation including stripping and pornography. With help, Sarah was able to earn her high school diploma and started college. Sarah has secured housing and has been reconnected with family. Sarah celebrates all of the little wins as she continues healing.
Frank, a St. Louis native, was 17-years-old when he came to us while living on his cousin's couch in Bowling Green. He enjoys cooking, playing video games and basketball. He wanted a place of his own and a chance to finish high school. We educated him on independent living, healthy relationships, managing money and internet safety. He earned a driver's license, registered to vote, finished a year in high school, and became more positive in his decision making.
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