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And Life Continues: Sex Trafficking and My Journey to Freedom

By Wendy Barnes

Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Wendy Barnes, was introduced to sex trafficking by her first love, the father of her children. And Life Continues is her story: how she became a victim of human trafficking, why she was unable to leave the man who enslaved her for fifteen years, and the obstacles she overcame to heal and rebuild her life after she was rescued.

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In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant

By Rebecca Bender

This memoir by Just Exits Advisory Councilmember Rebecca Bender sheds light on her story of being sold across the underground world of sex trafficking in Las Vegas. Forced into a dark sisterhood, Rebecca formed bonds with her trafficker and three other women, creating a false sense of family. During that time, God began revealing himself to her. And in the midst of her exploitation, she found the hope she needed to survive.

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False Promises

This documentary highlights Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Shamere Mckenzie, and her story as a survivor of sex trafficking. The documentary was released in 2018 and serves as a tool to educate youth in the Caribbean about sex trafficking.

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The Rebecca Bender Initiative

Through her initiative, Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Rebecca Bender, educates leaders and organizations about human trafficking so they can protect their communities and change culture.

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Elevate Academy

Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Rebecca Bender, launched Elevate Academy in 2014. With students in 430 locations and 11 countries, Elevate provides 866 survivors with professional development, mentoring, specialized curriculum, and the tools they need to thrive.

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Living in Freedom Together

Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Nicole Bell, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LIFT, a survivor-led nonprofit organization committed to ending the sex trade. LIFT's vision is a world where systems of prostitution no longer exist and people no longer feel it is their right to purchase access to another human’s body.

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Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative (Innovations HTC)

Founded in 2016 by Just Exits Advisory Councilmember, Jeri Moomaw, Innovations HTC is a survivor and indigenous led human rights non-profit organization located in Olympia, Washington (Nisqually Territory) and serves communities throughout Turtle Island.

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