She stood at the window. Radio City Music Hall was on her left. Below, people carried on with their lives, oblivious to her plight.
She had left one prison only to end up in another type—without bars but more confining. She was trapped inside the world of sex trafficking. In exchange for being released from prison she was forced to become a sex worker. If she didn’t comply, her bond would be rescinded and she would be thrown back into jail. Prison life for an African American woman would be intolerable.
She had been arrested on prostitution charges, which were false. She had been in the wrong place at the wrong time and when the others were rounded up, she was too. Her protests fell on deaf ears and found herself in a cell, looking through the bars, terrified. She had no one to help her.
When she heard that her bail was posted and that she was going to be released, she was surprised but relieved. And then her nightmare really began…
She turned away from the window and began to undress. The senator lay there watching her, waiting, like all predators with their victims.
This story was inspired by an article on US Sex Trafficking where sex traffickers target incarcerated women, forcing them to become sex workers after posting their bail and having them released from prison. The women had to do what they were told or risk going back to prison. Sex trafficking is a heinous practice that needs to be banned.
Source: Freedom United