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‘I thought I was going to die’: Ontario survivor of human trafficking speaks out

Christy Somos, with a report from Internet Information Windsor’s Chris Campbell
Printed Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:45PM EDT

An Ontario lady who was pressured into the intercourse commerce, overwhelmed and tortured is talking out about her ordeal in a bid to assist different victims and to work by means of her personal trauma.

Twenty-six-year-old Victoria Morrison stated that “at times I just wanted to give up and basically end my own life,” whereas describing the horrific ordeal that began simply over a yr in the past.

Morrison was lured by her then-boyfriend, Andres Pavao, from Windsor, Ont. to Winnipeg, the place he pressured her into the intercourse commerce, whereas subjecting her to beatings and torture, together with electrical shocks, being burned with a sizzling iron and being locked in a freezer till she went unconscious.

“I thought I was going to die in Winnipeg,” Morrison advised Internet Windsor. “It seemed like impossible to escape.”

Morrison was in a position to get away by asking one of many johns Pavao set her up with to drive her to a police station underneath the pretense of going out to purchase cigarettes. 

“I said ‘just drive me to the police station’ and he did,” stated Morrison. “I’m really lucky for that.”

Now Morrison is coming ahead to share her story in a bid to work by means of her post-traumatic stress and to assist others.

She has been working with WeFight, a company that gives direct providers to victims of trafficking, domestically and internationally.

“This is happening in communities all throughout…the province of Ontario and really the country,” stated social employee and WeFight worker Shelley Gilbert. 

WeFight workers advised Internet Windsor that in 2018 they’d 70 to 80 open instances alone.

“Who better than someone with lived experience like Victoria to explain to people what’s happening and how it can happen to just about anybody?” stated Gilbert.

Morrison stated “its mind blowing ” that she “went through something that horrible,” and that she needs to “make the best out of her life” transferring ahead.

Pavao was sentenced to eight years in jail final week, after pleading responsible to at least one rely every of human trafficking, forcible confinement and obstruction of justice.

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