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Complex Trauma & Addiction: A Survivor’s Story of Childhood Exploitation & Adult Human Trafficking

This session will provide in-depth, real-life stories and experiences demonstrating how commercial sexual exploitation in early childhood (CSEC) can normalize abusive relationships and, without critical identification or intervention, often leads to ongoing exploitation in adulthood. Join Maria as she reveals her own journey through the recruitment, grooming, manipulation, and abuse she experienced, her barriers to self-identification, and her powerful testimony about interactions with law enforcement, healthcare workers, and community members who overlooked indicators of her victimization. She will discuss the role of implicit bias on a victim’s identification, and how complex-PTSD impacts a victim’s disclosure and cooperation with first responders or other helping professionals.

Read more about the presenter, Maria Tell.