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Woman Reveals How She Was Trafficked By Her Own Boyfriend At Age 18 | Megyn Kelly TODAY


>>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.>>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. AND WELCOME. AND WELCOME. IM MEGYN KELLY. IM MEGYN KELLY. SELLING GIRLS.
ITS HARD TO THINK ABOUT. ITS HARD TO THINK ABOUT.
ITS HARD TO IMAGINE. ITS HARD TO IMAGINE.
BUT THE TRUTH IS, IT IS BUT THE TRUTH IS, IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA.
PREDATORS TARGETING VULNERABLEA. PREDATORS TARGETING VULNERABLE
GIRLS AND WOMEN SOMETIMES AS GIRLS AND WOMEN SOMETIMES AS YOUNG AS 11.
THEY LURE THEM IN ONLINE AND THEY LURE THEM IN ONLINE AND
OFF, FLATTERING THEM WITH OFF, FLATTERING THEM WITH
COMPLIMENT COMPLIMENT COMPLIMENTS, PRAISE, YOURE
PRETTY.ENTS, PRAISE, YOURE PRETTY. YOU SHOULD MODEL. YOU SHOULD MODEL. THEY LEARN THE VICTIMS
VULNERABILITIES.ICTIMS VULNERABILITIES. THEY GAIN PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL.
THEY ISOLATE THEM AND THEYNTROL. THEY ISOLATE THEM AND THEY
THREATEN THEM WITH VIOLENCE THREATEN THEM WITH VIOLENCE
AGAINST GIRLS OR THE FAMILIES IF AGAINST GIRLS OR THE FAMILIES IF THEY DO NOT DO WHAT IS THEY DO NOT DO WHAT IS INSTRUCTED. INSTRUCTED. THE GIRLS DESCRIBE FEELING THE GIRLS DESCRIBE FEELING TRAPPED AND SCARED. TRAPPED AND SCARED. THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY ARE THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY ARE BEING MARKETED FOR SEX. BEING MARKETED FOR SEX. WHO BUYS THEM?
IT COULD BE YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOUR IT COULD BE YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOUR
DOCTOR, YOUR FRIEND. DOCTOR, YOUR FRIEND.
ALL A PERSON HAS TO DO IS LOGON ALL A PERSON HAS TO DO IS LOGON TO THE INTERNET, FIND AN AD AND
CLICK AND BUY.T, FIND AN AD AND CLICK AND BUY.
YOU WILL HEAR FROM ONE MAN WHO YOU WILL HEAR FROM ONE MAN WHO
DID IT, A SUBURBAN HUSBAND AND DID IT, A SUBURBAN HUSBAND AND
FATHER, WHO SAYS ITS JUST THAT FATHER, WHO SAYS ITS JUST THAT
SIMPLE. SIMPLE. ITS EASY TO SAY, NOT MY CHILD,
NOT MY SISTER,FATHER, NOT MY HUS NOT MY SISTER,FATHER, NOT MY HUS
HOPEFULLY THIS CONVERSATION WILL HOPEFULLY THIS CONVERSATION WILL
PROTECT YOUNG WOMEN, A PROTECT YOUNG WOMEN, A
CONVERSATION STARTED BY THE CONVERSATION STARTED BY THE
AWARD-WINNING INVESTIGATIVE TEAM AWARD-WINNING INVESTIGATIVE TEAM
AT WXIA IN ATLANTA. AT WXIA IN ATLANTA.
WE BEGIN WITH REBECCA BENDER. WE BEGIN WITH REBECCA BENDER.
SHE WAS A YOUNG SINGLE MOM FROM SHE WAS A YOUNG SINGLE MOM FROM
A LOVING FAMILY. A LOVING FAMILY.
AT 18 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS FORCED AT 18 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS FORCED
INTO SEX TRAFFICKING BY HER INTO SEX TRAFFICKING BY HER
BOYFRIEND. BOYFRIEND.>>I HAD MET HIM AT A PARTY.
HE WAS THE KIND OF GUY THAT. HE WAS THE KIND OF GUY THAT
EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM WANTED TO EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM WANTED TO
BE HIS FRIEND. BE HIS FRIEND.
AND ALL THE GIRLS WANTED TO DATE AND ALL THE GIRLS WANTED TO DATE
HIM. HIM. WE DATED FOR SIX MONTHS.
AND THINGS GOT SERIOUS VERY AND THINGS GOT SERIOUS VERY
QUICKLY. QUICKLY. SO, HE PROPOSED THE IDEA OF
MOVING TO VEGAS AND SAID, I MOVING TO VEGAS AND SAID, I
CANT ASK YOU AND THE BABY TO CANT ASK YOU AND THE BABY TO
MOVE TO VEGAS BECAUSE THIS ISNT MOVE TO VEGAS BECAUSE THIS ISNT
WHERE FAMILIES LIVE. WHERE FAMILIES LIVE.
AN AN AND I THOUGHT, HE THINKS WERE A
FAMILY, ILL COME. THINKS WERE A FAMILY, ILL COME.
HE HAD GOTTEN US AN APARTMENT. HE HAD GOTTEN US AN APARTMENT.
AND HE TOLD ME THAT NIGHT, WE AND HE TOLD ME THAT NIGHT, WE
HAD SOME SLEEPING BAGS, I THINK. HAD SOME SLEEPING BAGS, I THINK.
WE WERENT EVEN COMPLETELY WE WERENT EVEN COMPLETELY
UNPACKED OR ANYTHING. UNPACKED OR ANYTHING.
AND HE SAID, GET DRESSED UP, I AND HE SAID, GET DRESSED UP, I
WANT TO TAKE YOU OUT ON THE WANT TO TAKE YOU OUT ON THE TOWN. TOWN. AND HE DROVE ME TO A DEAD END
STREET, INSTEAD OF TO AAD END STREET, INSTEAD OF TO A
NIGHTCLUB. NIGHTCLUB. HE SAID, THIS BILLUILDING IS AN
ESCORT SERVICE AND YOURE GOINGN ESCORT SERVICE AND YOURE GOING
TO NEED TO SIGN UP. TO NEED TO SIGN UP.
AND I THOUGHT, ESCORT, THAT AND I THOUGHT, ESCORT, THAT
SOUNDS LIKE PROSTITUTION. SOUNDS LIKE PROSTITUTION.
THIS ISNT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. THIS ISNT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.
THIS WASNT MY PLAN. THIS WASNT MY PLAN.
AND THATS WHEN HE SLAPPED ME AND THATS WHEN HE SLAPPED ME
ACROSS THE FACE. ACROSS THE FACE.
AND HE SAID, YOURE GOING TO GO AND HE SAID, YOURE GOING TO GO
INSIDE AND YOURE GOING TO GET INSIDE AND YOURE GOING TO GET
MY MONEY BACK. MY MONEY BACK.
AND I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR. AND I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR.
AND HE WAS AN ATTRACTIVE YOUNG AND HE WAS AN ATTRACTIVE YOUNG
MAN. MAN.
I REMEMBER HIM OPENING HIS I REMEMBER HIM OPENING HIS
WALLET AND COUNTING OUT A LITTLE WALLET AND COUNTING OUT A LITTLE
OVER 300 BUCKS. OVER 300 BUCKS.
AND HE PULLED ME ON TOP OF HIM. AND HE PULLED ME ON TOP OF HIM.
AND I WAS IN A DRESS AND HE AND I WAS IN A DRESS AND HE
PULLED MY UNDERWEAR TO THE SIDE. PULLED MY UNDERWEAR TO THE SIDE.
I THOUGHT, HOW DID I GET HERE? I THOUGHT, HOW DID I GET HERE?
HOW DID I GET TO THAT MOMENT HOW DID I GET TO THAT MOMENT
WHERE ITS LIKE GGRADUAL, WHERE ITS LIKE GGRADUAL,
GRADUAL, GRADUAL. GRADUAL, GRADUAL.
AND THEN, SUDDENLY, THIS AND THEN, SUDDENLY, THIS
BOUNDARY YOU SWORE YOU WOULD BOUNDARY YOU SWORE YOU WOULD
NEVER CROSS, YOURE CROSSING. NEVER CROSS, YOURE CROSSING.
AND BEFORE YOU CAN BACKTRACK, AND BEFORE YOU CAN BACKTRACK,
ITS OVER. ITS OVER.
>>REBECCA BENDER, WHO IS NOW A>>REBECCA BENDER, WHO IS NOW A
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
ANTI-TRAFFICKING ADVOCATE, JOINS ANTI-TRAFFICKING ADVOCATE, JOINS
US HERE. US HERE.
REBECCA, WELCOME TO YOU. REBECCA, WELCOME TO YOU.
>>THANKS.>>THANKS.
>>THIS GUY WAS — YOU HAD BEEN>>THIS GUY WAS — YOU HAD BEEN
DATING HIM FOR SIXTH MONTHS. DATING HIM FOR SIXTH MONTHS.
HE MET YOUR FAMILY. HE MET YOUR FAMILY.
HAD THERE BEEN ANY INDICATIONS HAD THERE BEEN ANY INDICATIONS
EARLY ON, THAT HE WAS EARLY ON, THAT HE WAS
CONTROLLING OR MANIPULATING? CONTROLLING OR MANIPULATING?
>>MY FAMILY THOUGHT SOMETHING>>MY FAMILY THOUGHT SOMETHING
WAS NOT RIGHT. WAS NOT RIGHT.
BUT I DONT THINK VERY MANY BUT I DONT THINK VERY MANY
AMERICAN FAMILIES THINK HUMAN AMERICAN FAMILIES THINK HUMAN
TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKING. THEY THOUGHT, IS HE A DRUG THEY THOUGHT, IS HE A DRUG DEALER? DEALER? SOMETHINGS OFF. SOMETHINGS OFF. BUT I WAS SO IN LOVE THAT IT WAS BUT I WAS SO IN LOVE THAT IT WAS HARD TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE. HARD TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.>>HOW DID HE GET YOU TO GO INTO>>HOW DID HE GET YOU TO GO INTO THAT HOTEL ROOM FOR THE FIRST
NIGHT WITH ANOTHER MAN? FIRST NIGHT WITH ANOTHER MAN?
>>WELL, WE WENT TO A TOWN>>WELL, WE WENT TO A TOWN
HOUSE. HOUSE. IT WAS A LOCAL CALL. IT WAS A LOCAL CALL. WE HAD LEFT MY DAUGHTER AT HOME WE HAD LEFT MY DAUGHTER AT HOME WITH HIS BROTHER. WITH HIS BROTHER. SO, IMMEDIATELY WHEN HE SLAPPED SO, IMMEDIATELY WHEN HE SLAPPED ME ACROSS THE FACE, MY FIRST
RESPONSE WAS, I DONT KNOW WHERE RESPONSE WAS, I DONT KNOW WHERE
MY BABY IS. MY BABY IS.
I DONT KNOW MY ADDRESS BY I DONT KNOW MY ADDRESS BY
HEART. HEART. I JUST GOT TO LAS VEGAS FROM I JUST GOT TO LAS VEGAS FROM THIS TINY TOWN IN AROREGON. THIS TINY TOWN IN AROREGON. I DIDNT KNOW THE CITY. I DIDNT KNOW THE CITY. I COMPLIED. I COMPLIED. I WAS AFRAID AND I WANTED TO GET I WAS AFRAID AND I WANTED TO GET BACK TO MY BABY AND I WANTED THE BACK TO MY BABY AND I WANTED THE NIGHT TO BE OVER. NIGHT TO BE OVER. I WANTED TO GO BACK TO BEING I WANTED TO GO BACK TO BEING HAPPY AND IN LOVE AND HOPEFUL. HAPPY AND IN LOVE AND HOPEFUL. HOPE BREEDS ETERNAL MISERY.
>>DESCRIBE THE FEELING THE>>DESCRIBE THE FEELING THE
FIRST TIME A STRANGE MAN WHO HAD FIRST TIME A STRANGE MAN WHO HAD
PAID FOR YOU GOT ON TOP OF YOU. PAID FOR YOU GOT ON TOP OF YOU.
>>WELL, IT WAS SO FAST THAT>>WELL, IT WAS SO FAST THAT
ITS ALMOST LIKE PEOPLE WONDER ITS ALMOST LIKE PEOPLE WONDER
WHY YOU MAKE DECISIONS YOU DO OR WHY YOU MAKE DECISIONS YOU DO OR
WHY DIDNT YOU JUST RUN. WHY DIDNT YOU JUST RUN.
THEY HAVE ALL THESE QUESTIONS THEY HAVE ALL THESE QUESTIONS
ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD DO IN ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD DO IN
THOSE SITUATIONS. THOSE SITUATIONS.
BUT THINGS HAPPENED SO QUICKLY, BUT THINGS HAPPENED SO QUICKLY,
BY THE TIME YOU CAN THINK ABOUT BY THE TIME YOU CAN THINK ABOUT
A PLAN, THINGS CHANGE. A PLAN, THINGS CHANGE.
AND YOURE LEAVING, YOURE OUT AND YOURE LEAVING, YOURE OUT
OF THE ROOM, YOURE ABLE TO GET OF THE ROOM, YOURE ABLE TO GET
BACK IN THE CAR. BACK IN THE CAR.
THE HARD PART WAS WHEN I GOT IN THE HARD PART WAS WHEN I GOT IN
THE VEHICLE AND HE SAID, HOW THE VEHICLE AND HE SAID, HOW
MUCH DID WE MAKE? MUCH DID WE MAKE?
AND I SAID, I GOT $300. AND I SAID, I GOT $300.
AND HE TOOK THE MONEY AND HE AND HE TOOK THE MONEY AND HE
SAID, YOU DIDNT HAVE SEX FOR SAID, YOU DIDNT HAVE SEX FOR
THIS, RIGHT? THIS, RIGHT?
YOULL DO BETTER NEXT TIME. YOULL DO BETTER NEXT TIME.
AND THATS WHEN I STARTED AND THATS WHEN I STARTED
CRYING. CRYING. I THOUGHT, THIS ISNT WHAT I
THOUGHT.T, THIS ISNT WHAT I THOUGHT. THIS IS COMPLETE FRAUD AND
DECEIT, TO LURE ME AWAY FROM MY DECEIT, TO LURE ME AWAY FROM MY
SUPPORT SYSTEM. SUPPORT SYSTEM.
>>THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE OUT>>THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE OUT
THERE WHO WILL SAY, OKAY, THE THERE WHO WILL SAY, OKAY, THE
FIRST NIGHT YOU WERE AFRAID FOR FIRST NIGHT YOU WERE AFRAID FOR
YOUR DAUGHTER. YOUR DAUGHTER.
HOW WAS THIS A SECOND NIGHT? HOW WAS THIS A SECOND NIGHT?
WHY DIDNT YOU SEPARATE FROM WHY DIDNT YOU SEPARATE FROM
HIM? HIM? WHY DIDNT YOU HITCHHIKE, GET WHY DIDNT YOU HITCHHIKE, GET OUT, DO ANYTHING? OUT, DO ANYTHING?>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT.
THE SAME REASON WHY WOMEN INT. THE SAME REASON WHY WOMEN IN
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DONT RUN. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DONT RUN.
THEYRE VERY GOOD AT THEYRE VERY GOOD AT
BRAINWASHING AND MANIPULATION. BRAINWASHING AND MANIPULATION.
AND THEY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE AND THEY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE THERES A DANGLING CARROT YOURE THERES A DANGLING CARROT YOURE GOING TO REACH AND IT WILL BE
OVER SOON.EACH AND IT WILL BE OVER SOON. ONE MORE WEEK.
ONE MORE DAY.. ONE MORE DAY.
ONE MORE MONTH. ONE MORE MONTH.
YOU KEEP HOPING THAT THE END YOU KEEP HOPING THAT THE END
COMES. COMES. BY THE TIME A FEW WEEKS OR MONTH
GOES BY, YOURE PRETTYKS OR MONTH GOES BY, YOURE PRETTY
BRAINWASHED. BRAINWASHED.>>WHAT WAS THE LIGHTBULB MOMENT>>WHAT WAS THE LIGHTBULB MOMENT FOR YOU IN TRYING TO EXTRICATE
YOURSELF FROM THIS?O EXTRICATE YOURSELF FROM THIS?
>>THERE WERE SEVERAL.>>THERE WERE SEVERAL.
PHYSICAL ABUSE GOT SEVERE ONCE I PHYSICAL ABUSE GOT SEVERE ONCE I
ARRIVED. ARRIVED. HE HAD NEVER HIT ME OR WAS HE HAD NEVER HIT ME OR WAS VIOLENT AT ALL, PRIOR TO VIOLENT AT ALL, PRIOR TO ARRIVING. ARRIVING. HE STARTED TOBUSEIVE AND I
STARTED TO FEEL LIKE THIS WASNT STARTED TO FEEL LIKE THIS WASNT
WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.
NEIGHBORS CALLED THE POLICE FOR NEIGHBORS CALLED THE POLICE FOR
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
THE POLICE WOULD ARRIVE. THE POLICE WOULD ARRIVE.
I THOUGHT FOR A LONG TIME THAT I I THOUGHT FOR A LONG TIME THAT I
DIDNT REALIZE I WAS BEING DIDNT REALIZE I WAS BEING
TRAFFICKED. TRAFFICKED. I THOUGHT THAT I WAS IN DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE AND MY BOYFRIEND WASTIC VIOLENCE AND MY BOYFRIEND WAS
PRESSURING ME TO MAKE MONEY IN PRESSURING ME TO MAKE MONEY IN
ESCORTING. ESCORTING. BUT I ENVISIONED HUMAN BUT I ENVISIONED HUMAN TRAFFICKING LIKE MOST AMERICANS, TRAFFICKING LIKE MOST AMERICANS, THAT ITS KIDNAPPED CHILDREN IN THAT ITS KIDNAPPED CHILDREN IN OTHER COUNTRIES, LOCKED IN OTHER COUNTRIES, LOCKED IN ROOMS. ROOMS. I DIDNT REALIZE WHAT IT LOOKED I DIDNT REALIZE WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE IN A FIRST WORLD DOMESTIC
SETTING.A FIRST WORLD DOMESTIC SETTING. AND THATS WHY WE ARE REALLY
GEARED TO TRAIN AMERICANS TODAY GEARED TO TRAIN AMERICANS TODAY
ON HOW TO IDENTIFY HUMAN ON HOW TO IDENTIFY HUMAN
TRAFFICKING AND HOW TO RESPOND TRAFFICKING AND HOW TO RESPOND
IN THEIR OWN TOWN BECAUSE IN THEIR OWN TOWN BECAUSE
THERES MANY WAYS IT CAN LOOK. THERES MANY WAYS IT CAN LOOK.
IF WE ONLY ENVISION KIDNAPPING, IF WE ONLY ENVISION KIDNAPPING,
WERE GOING TO MISS IT WHEN ITS WERE GOING TO MISS IT WHEN ITS
IN FRONT OF US. IN FRONT OF US.
>>NOW THAT YOURE AN ADVOCATE,>>NOW THAT YOURE AN ADVOCATE,
YOU GOT YOURSELF AWAY FROM HIM, YOU GOT YOURSELF AWAY FROM HIM,
WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU
FEEL LIKE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW? FEEL LIKE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW?
>>I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW>>I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW
THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISNT THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISNT
WHAT THEY SAW IN THE MOVIE WHAT THEY SAW IN THE MOVIE
“TAKEN.” “TAKEN.”
>>THATS WHAT EVERYBODY THINKS.>>THATS WHAT EVERYBODY THINKS.
THATS WHAT I THOUGHT. THATS WHAT I THOUGHT.
>>THEY GRADUALLY EXPAND YOUR RY>>THEY GRADUALLY EXPAND YOUR RY
BOUNDARIES IN THEM. BOUNDARIES IN THEM.
THEY MOVE THAT LINE UNTIL YOU THEY MOVE THAT LINE UNTIL YOU
ARE IN HOT WATER, UNTIL YOU ARE IN HOT WATER, UNTIL YOU
REALIZE THE WATER IS HEATED UP REALIZE THE WATER IS HEATED UP
AROUND YOU AND YOURE BOILING. AROUND YOU AND YOURE BOILING.
THEN, YOU START TRYING TO RUN. THEN, YOU START TRYING TO RUN.
THATS WHEN PEOPLE START TRYING THATS WHEN PEOPLE START TRYING
TO RUN. TO RUN.
>>THE SEPARATION FROM YOUR>>THE SEPARATION FROM YOUR
FAMILY, INCREASING CONTROL, FAMILY, INCREASING CONTROL,
ISOLATION. ISOLATION. THESE ARE PATTERNS OF ABUSES YOU

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