Human Trafficking Victim Shares Her Story With Hundreds
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 10:22:04 AM CST
A Chico woman, once the victim of human trafficking, shared her story with hundreds Wednesday afternoon.
“I was going to school and church but yet I had this other life that no one knew about,” said Stacy Lundgren.
That was when she experienced something no teenager should ever have to.
“I was living two different lives,” said Lundgren.
Just like any other 14-year-old girl, she was looking for acceptance. She found herself in an online chat-room and got a message from a 22-year-old man.
“He was very good looking like a charming guy. He wasn't the creepy gangster guy,” said Lundgren.
From there, Lundgren said they would meet in random places around Chico without her parents knowing. Then she found out something that completely shocked her.
“I found out he was involved with thousands of girls throughout the country,” said Lundgren.
Lundgren would become part of an elaborate human trafficking ring. The man advertised her body for sex online.
“He would have me meet two to three different guys a week,” said Lundgren.
Four years later, authorities started tracking the man during an undercover investigation and arrested him.
It's a shocking tale, but one Chico Police say is becoming more and more common.
“We've got a big problem,” said Officer Cameron Kovacs.
Kovacs is a school resource officer at Chico High.
“My perspective is from the junior high to the high school realm, there are exposed to things they shouldn't be exposed to,” said Officer Kovacs.
As for Lundgren, she wants to make sure there is attention and funding to help prevent anyone else from becoming a victim.
“What are they going to do about keeping my child safe from this happening more,” said Lundgren.
If you know or suspect anyone being involved in this kind of activity you can call 1-888-373-7888, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.
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