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A Road Back from Walking the Streets

 

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She didn't realize the older girl was taking her to the home of her pimp.

"I didn't know about trafficking" children as prostitutes, Linguidi says. "I came from a sexually abusive home, so sex and those kinds of things came very naturally to me. I was used to being abused."

The pimp sold Linguidi to men for more than three weeks before she got away by running down a fire escape. The police returned her to the same foster home, but that wouldn't be her last experience with sex trafficking. About a year later, in a different foster home, her foster mother's girlfriend sold her in exchange for drugs.

Linguidi, who now lives in Ann Arbor, says police and her caseworkers repeatedly dismissed her stories of being forced into prostitution. "They look at you as marked, as [if] something's wrong with you," she says. "You're just a problem child. You're going to do anything to get attention, you're going to do anything to get in trouble, and that's what they view you as."

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