Kate Rosin, who assists Free the Slaves at our Washington, D.C. headquarters and frequently contributes to this blog, recently wrote a beautiful article for SGI Quarterly, about 2010 Freedom Award winner Tina Frundt. Here’s an excerpt:
Tina Frundt was 13 when she first met her trafficker. On her way to a neighborhood store in Chicago one day, a young man–maybe 15 years her senior–struck up a conversation. In the weeks and months that followed, this seemingly affable character, known on the street as “Tiger,” won her affections, listening sympathetically as she recounted her teenage woes, driving her to school and showering her with gifts. “Little did I know,” she reflects today, “he was planting the seeds of manipulation. It did not matter what my parents said to me, they did not understand me, and he was the only one that ‰got me.'” On her 14th birthday, Tiger, who had in fact been monitoring Tina’s behavior closely for a month prior to approaching her, successfully lured her to Ohio.
Read the rest of this article at the SGI website here!