As told to Pam Pyne:
In 2010 Reader's Digest designated me European Of The Year in recognition of my work rescuing minor aged girls from trafficking and forced prostitution. The purpose of this blog is to introduce myself to you and to share my heart, my thoughts and my dreams. I'd like for you to get to know me. I'll count myself successful if I inspire you the way that the girls that I work with have inspired me.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Creative Process Promotes Hope For Trafficked Victim
"In the beginning God created..." Genesis 1:1
Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that a first sign of becoming healthy and whole again for a trafficked victim would come within the creative process. This is exactly what happened for Monica. The following poem conveys her courageous struggle as she makes a new beginning following her escape from human traffickers. While the poem is not a direct translation, it expresses her perceptions and sensations as she moves beyond the cycle of modern-day slavery and sexual abuse.
braced against forgiven wind,
Layers of dirt
Slapped on me,
by multitudes of unclean hands,
against the Titanic Rain
beating on my path.
Filth slides away
with my skin and
I stand bloodied, exposed,
Icy hands I don’t feel
swipe at tears
that aren’t there.
My Closed eyelids
Hope flies in on forgiven wind. She swoops down landing beside me,
I shove her away.
She reaches out again.
I seize her by the neck, and slam her
to the ground.
grabs me around my chest and slams me
into ice packed earth. She straddles my broken body until