I’m not going to lie, writing about human trafficking has not been the easiest task I’ve ever taken on. I’m a fixer. When something is happening that isn’t right, or someone is hurt I want to fix things for them. So for me reading testimonies and hearing horror stories about young girls and boys is hard for me. It’s hard for me to even know what to do after I read or hear about them. What can I do to help them is the question I keep asking myself.
As I was researching yet again to find more information about human trafficking, I ran across an article about a lady Clemmie Greenlee. I had never heard of her so I clicked on the article to see what it was about, and I was surprised at what I found out. Since I’m not much of a reader, I YouTubed her name to see if any videos would pop up. And sure enough there were a couple of them. I proceeded to watch once, and then another, and then another. This women is extraordinary. Let me tell you why.
This women had one of the worst childhoods a kid could ask for. Alcoholic parents, bad neighborhood, didn’t have much money, and she was born a girl in a black community. Around the age of 10 she was abducted and sold into the human trafficking ring. She said that she was taken from hotel to hotel and from state to state. She would entertain 7-10 men a day on average. 7-10 men a day! Some days I don’t even talk to that many men!! She had a baby boy around the age of 13 and has many scars and wounds from being beaten. She has an eight inch scar on her back from being stabbed and another time she had to be taken to the hospital because her eye was bashed in. From there on out Clemmie was in and out of juvie and jail. Her arrest record is over one hundred times.
Clemmie didn’t get help until she was 42 years old. She had a life threatening, prostitutional, sexually abusive, life for over 30 years. That’s enough to make anyone believe that there is no good people in the world. And yes, I’m sure Clemmie thought that many times. But as soon as Clemmie got out of a two year program, guess what she did? She went out and started helping people that were in the same situation as she had been in. She helped the homeless and the prostitutes and women that were still in horrifying situations. That is one courageous women. And after finding out where her son was and them having him shot to death, this women still pushed on. Clemmie is someone who I greatly admire and I hope that I can have just a little of the perseverance and courage that she shows.