As she told me the details of her story, she never once said his name.
She only referred to him as “the monster.” She recounted for me the details of her four-day-long nightmare.
more Navigating past the junkies and hustlers in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, You Mi Kim found the metal security door she was looking for, and pressed the buzzer.
The two juveniles were not in the home when police arrived.
One of the women told officers that she had witnessed Jackson physically assault one of the girls.
His sweaty hand squeezed her hand tightly as they made the five-hour drive to his home, saying things like, “Shut up. The trunk’s cleaned out for you.” Terrified, 13-year-old Alicia Kozakiewicz wondered how she might escape or if she would live to see her family again.
Finally, late that night, Scott Tyree arrived with his captive at his home in Herndon, Virginia. There she could see sadistic devices hanging on the wall.
more You-Mi Kim, a sex trafficking victim, walks along Baker Beach which was one of the first San Francisco sights her boyfriend brought her to see. (Deanne Fitzmaurice/ The Chronicle) less You-Mi Kim, a sex trafficking victim, walks along Baker Beach which was one of the first San Francisco sights her boyfriend brought her to see. (Deanne Fitzmaurice/ The Chronicle) lesstrafficking_043_You-Mi Kim, a sex trafficking victim, now lives in San Francisco and is out of the sex business. After forcing her into sex work to pay them nearly $20,000, the traffickers had finally let her go. Traffickers had taken all her earnings, yet she still faced a $40,000 shopping debt back home -- the reason she left for an American job that promised big pay.
Inside Sun Spa massage parlor, the manager saw You Mi on the surveillance camera and threw some sea salt over the threshold -- a Korean practice to ward off bad luck. It had been five months since You Mi was lured from her home in South Korea by international sex traffickers, who had tricked the debt-ridden college student with promises of a high-paying hostess job in America.
M., who was kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery and raped repeatedly by fighters with the Islamic State, wept as she prepared to leave for Germany in January under a resettlement program.
She was in a camp for internally displaced Yazidis near Dohuk, Iraq.
They became very close, sharing secrets, problems, and girlhood crushes.