Survivor of child sex trafficking shares his story

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – A survivor of child sex trafficking is sharing his compelling story at two programs in our area this week.

Jerome Elam is the president and CEO of trafficking in American Task Force. For the past seven years, it’s been his mission to help save children from predators and spread awareness about sex trafficking and signs people can look for.

“One of the reasons that I’m here today is because I had a female survivor who took me by the hand and taught me that I can be a victim and be vulnerable as a man and still be a man,” Elam adds. “Because most men who are victims of sex trafficking will just stuff it down and just live with that secret and live with that pain.”

At just 5 years old, Elam was victimized by his stepfather who was a molester involved in a pedophile ring. He was enslaved in sex trafficking until he was 12 years old. His presentations in Rochester on Tuesday will focus on bringing male victims of sex trafficking out of the shadows.

“It’s one of those areas where we’ve got to begin to break the silence and hopefully that’s what I’m doing in letting other men know that they can speak up, not be ashamed and not live in fear of what people are going to think.”

Here is when you can catch Elam’s presentations:

Tuesday: 

Noon – 1:30 p.m. — Rochester Public Library – Auditorium
7 to 8 p.m. — RCTC Heintz Center

The presentations are sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis, Riverland Community College, Mission21, Rochester Public Library and RCTC.

For more information on Trafficking in America Task Force:

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