NEW YORK — It started when she was 13.
“Sarah” became involved with a man 10 years her elder. He began setting her up with his friends. She knew they would sometimes pay him, but she always thought she could trust him. He became her world.
Even though he would beat her, Sarah internalized it as affection. When she tried to leave, threats to her family kept her coming back.
“I didn’t realize I was a sex-trafficking victim until I got out,” said Sarah, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home and is now in her 20s. “I thought he cared about me. I started distancing myself from my family and he was the only support I had.”