Victims say there's life after prostitution

Valerie, a former prostitute from Montreal speaks at the Launch of the RCMP Human Trafficking...

Valerie, a former prostitute from Montreal speaks at the Launch of the RCMP Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre's Youth Outreach Campaign Ottawa Nov 22, 2012. (QMI Agency/Andre Forget)

DANIEL PROUSSALIDIS, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

OTTAWA - Hoping to prevent teens and young adults from falling victim to human trafficking and forced prostitution in Canada, the RCMP has launched a new youth education program.

The "I'm not for sale" campaign is meant to put educational materials in students' hands to warn them of the tricks traffickers use to lure their victims.

Survivors of human trafficking, including a now married mother of two who goes by the name Jasmine, are helping the RCMP.

Jasmine said she thought being a stripper would be a fun way to work her way through university in London, Ont.

Instead, the strip club became a trap where she met the slick-talker who tricked her into a relationship and eventually became her pimp.

"He started raping me, beating me up, telling me if I wanted to act like a 'ho' he was going to treat me like one and the vicious cycle just when on and on and on," said Jasmine.

Pregnant with her pimp's child, Jasmine said she eventually got out of her brutal life when police became involved.

Ultimately, she said returning to her Christian roots "and obeying God and doing what was right in his eyes and according to the Bible" has kept her safe.

Montreal ex-prostitute Valerie said she was lured into four years of prostitution by a stranger who once gave her a ride home, but she managed to escape and has had years of therapy.

"Now I have a good spouse and my second child on the way," she said.


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