I definitely was a bunch of scattered pieces before. Emotionally I was broken, Mentally I was the toughest person ever. Spiritually I hated God, and in my Soul I was just crushed! Also my legs and arms would get spotted bruises all the time. They appeared in weird places. I went to doctors and there were no answers. Now they are gone too. I noticed there has been a physical response.
— C, age 23
All day I try to be normal, to think normal and at night all I see is his (trafficker’s) face. People think we’re okay but really we’re terrorized every night when we go to sleep. I wouldn’t be able to make it without your constant encouragement.
— V, age 25
I thought when I talked to you guys it was just going to be an operator, not someone who actually cared and wanted to talk to me.
— T, age 26
This phone call is life-saving. I can’t believe there are people out there that want to help me out of my situation.
— C, age 32
I wrote your hotline number in my Bible because I knew my pimp wouldn’t find it there. Even if he took my phone away, I would know how to reach you.
— J, age 36
My mom died of cancer and so this is how I coped—skipping school and being influenced to prostitute. I really feel loved by [the people at] Rescue Houston who are helping me, especially my mentor.
— E, age 17
When my fight and fire was lost, God surrounded me with people who could advocate for me with the fire and fight they had.
— K, age 29
People don’t realize how hard it is for us to get out of this lifestyle, but I’m glad you guys are on the other side, real people helping get us out and support us. You’re amazing.