Following an incredibly brutal child and teenagehood, I became vulnerable to a gang of males from my neighbourhood who were targeting and trafficking young girls. For right now, I can’t go into much detail about exactly what happened to me, because I will finally be testifying against them at the end of November.
But what I can tell you is that by the age of 19, all the physical, mental and sexual violence done to my body was gruesome to say the least. I have even had suicidal thoughts in the past, so heavy was my burden. I have been abandoned by boyfriends after opening up to them about what I went through, labeling me “damaged”.
But what’s important is how I have picked myself up from the darkest bottom of humanity, how everyday I wake up and think of how I can make the world a better place, how everyday I study so hard to become a lawyer so that I can help other girls who were like me. Despite what has happened to me, I am still loving, I am still compassionate, I am still whole. I still am.
So many pageant winners’ platforms has been human trafficking on behalf of other people, but now it’s time to hear from a survivor herself.
I am the embodiment of Beauty With a Purpose; my purpose is clear. I will become a lawyer, and eventually a judge, who will spend my life fighting Human Trafficking in Canada and worldwide, protecting and defending women and children, and shining a light on all things that have been done in the dark.