She handed me some skirts that were too big, and a thin packet of pills. One day, we went to La Merced, the red-light district, and I was taken to the street of the whores.They put me on a corner where there were other girls with short skirts and a lot of makeup.
He was also 19, and he said his older brother was looking for help in his cellphone store.
I had only had a bottle of water and the cookies they gave us on the bus. I told them there was absolutely no way I was going to do that.
Alfredo’s sister opened the door of one of the big houses in the town and showed me to a small room upstairs. They told me that Alfredo would beat me if I didn’t.
Each member of the Rendon-Reyes gang — a family enterprise that terrorized and trafficked girls and women for a decade — faces life in prison.
The Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families interviewed 356 suspected victims of sex trafficking in Queens and Brooklyn last year, according to Lori Cohen, a crusading lawyer and the initiative’s director. Sandra, 30, is one former sex slave helped by Sanctuary for Families.