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Melissa Woodward: Becoming a Victim of the Sex Trade

Melissa shares the story of how she first became a victim of the sex trafficking industry. Read Transcript


Terry: MELISSA WOODWARD

GREW UP WANTING TO A MOTHER

AND A POLICE OFFICER.

BUT A FAMILY MEMBER OF HERS

HAD OTHER PLANS.

SO SHE WAS GROOMED FROM A

YOUNG AGE TO BE A SEX

SLAVE.

SHE WAS ABUSED PHYSICALLY

AND SEXUALLY SO SHE WOULD BE

READY TO HANDLE WHAT SHE

WOULD HAVE TO ENDURE.

EVEN BEFORE SHE BECAME A

TEENAGER, SHE WAS SOLD TO

BECOME A PROSTITUTE.

IT'S LIKE BEING AN ANIMAL

IN A CAGE AT A ZOO, AND

EVERYBODY COMES AND LOOKS AT

YOU.

AND DOES WHAT THEY WANT TO

DO.

AND THEN YOU GO BACK TO YOUR

CAGE.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE A FREAK

SHOW.

IT'S WORSE THAN ANYWHERE YOU

COULD WATCH.

WITH JUST BAD AFTER BAD

AFTER BAD OF CHILDREN LIKE

ME GOING THROUGH IT.

YOU'RE CHAINED TO A BED.

YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SIT

UP.

YOU GET A SANDWICH, AND YOU

GET WATER.

BUT THEY TELL YOU WHEN

YOU'RE GOING TO EAT.

AND THEN THEY CARRY YOU.

IT'S LIKE IN A PRISON LINE

TO THE SHOWER.

AND YOU TAKE A SHOWER, AND

IT'S AS COLD AS ICE.

IT'S LIKE TAKING ICE CRIEWBS

CUBES AND JUST POWERING THEM

DOWN YOUR BACK.

AND THEN YOU GET READY TO GO

AND DO YOUR NIGHTL NIGHTLY

RESPONSIBILITIES.

YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE AN

ABUSED CHILD WHEN YOU WALK

IN THERE.

YOU LOOK LIKE A WILLING

CHILD WHO IS HAPPY.

IT IS ALMOST LIKE PUTTING ON

A MASK THAT IS PAINTED ON

YOUR FACE.

IT'S LIKE A PRETEND WORLD,

EXCEPT YOUR NOT CINDERELLA.

IF I WAS TO DO ONE SEXUAL

ACT, IF THAT'S WHAT HE

WANTED, THEN THAT'S WHAT I

HAD HAD TO DO.

AND YOU DON'T GET A CHANCE

TO SAY NO.

YOU JUST DO IT.

SOMETIMES THE MAN WILL JUST

HOLD YOU, AND SOMETIMES HE

WILL BEAT YOU AND TORTURE

YOU.

IT'S HIS OWN DISCRETION.

YOU'RE HIS PROPERTY.

AND THEN YOU USE THE MAKEUP

AND THEY COVER UP THE

BRUISES AND MADE ME NICE AND

PRETTY AGAIN.

LIKE IF I WAS HUMPTY-DUMPTY

AND FELL OFF THE WALL AND

FELL APART AND I WAS BROKEN

ALL OVER.

AND THE NEXT NIGHT COMES AND

THEY PUT ME ALL BACK

TOGETHER AND PRESENT ME TO

THE NEXT CUSTOMER.

MOST OF THE TIME I WOULD

SPEND NO MORE THAN ONE HOUR

A NIGHT.

TIMES THERE WERE FIVE OR SIX

MEN, AND SOMETIMES THERE

COULD BE UP TO 30.

IT JUST DEPENDED ON THE

NIGHT.

ON ONE EVENT, I WAS HAVING

THINGS DONE TO ME THAT I

DIDN'T WANT TO DO, AND IT

WAS SO EXCRUCIATING I

COULDN'T HELP BUT CRY.

AND SO I HAD TO BITE MY

TONGUE UNTIL IT BLED, AND

THEN THEY TOOK TAPE AND PUT

IT LIKE THAT.

AND SO EVERY NERVE ENDING IN

MY MOUTH WAS GONE AND I

DIDN'T HAVE A VOICE LEFT.

I DIDN'T FEEL ANYBODY EVEN

REALIZED I WAS HUMAN.

AFTER A TIME, I JUST STARTED

BLOCKING IT OUT UNTIL I

DIDN'T FEEL ANYTHING.

AND I WAS JUST NUMB.

IT WAS JUST LIFE.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW IT WAS

GOING TO END.

I JUST HAD TO WORRY ABOUT

GETTING THROUGH THAT DAY.

I JUST REMEMBER, LIKE,

WISHING THAT SOMEBODY WOULD

SAVE ME, SOMEBODY WOULD HELP

ME.

Reporter: COMING UP,

FIND OUT HOW BAD IT GOT

BEFORE MELISSA MADE IT OUT

OF THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF

SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA.

I REMEMBER JUST LOOKING

DOWN AND I COULDN'T GET IT

TO QUIT.

IT HURT SO BAD.

Reporter: ALSO, HOW

YOUNG GIRLS GET GROOMED FOR

THE BUSINESS, AND WHO THEIR

CLIENTS ARE.

YOU MAY BE SURPRISED.

NEXT ON "THE 700 CLUB."

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