Sophia is 20 years old, and has been a prostitute for four years. She left home thinking she’d find a better life, but soon realized she had few options if she wanted to eat.
“I’m always afraid, because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Sophia.
Sophia depends on her pimp to keep her safe, but in turning to him, she gave up her freedom.
“It’s not easy because they become the owner of your life, said Sophia.
She says she would get out if she could but believes she can’t get away. Atkinson says hers is a classic case of human trafficking.
“If she said she’s not afraid she’s developed kind of a split personality. ‘I love him. I need him, but if I leave him, he’ll kill me,” said Atkinson.