PORTLAND, Ore. — Years after managing to get herself out of a very dangerous situation Brianna Myers is sharing her story. The LaCenter, Washington woman says when she was 18 years old and working at a cafe, two older men began coming in and talking with her. After a relationship was established, they talked her into moving up to Seattle and living with them while she pursued her career as a nurse. Those men turned out to be pimps, and the situation she was getting herself in was that of a sex trafficking victim.
Brianna’s story isn’t unique, Shared Hope International says there are hundreds of girls and young women being put to work in the sex for money industry every night in Portland and Seattle. And there are nearly 21 million victims worldwide – half of them children.
KXL’s Brett Reckamp spoke at length with Brianna to get her story. He also spoke with Shared Hope International outreach manager Jo Lembo to get more perspective on the problem. The interviews can be heard by clicking on this link to Beyond the Headlines. (episode 140)
Thursday evening at 6:30, Sunset Presbyterian Church is hosting a special event called Protect Our Children. It’s aim will be to teach people how predators operate to manipulate and take advantage of our young people.