Sex trafficking survivor shares horrifying story of abuse, recovery – WESTERNMASSNEWS.com

Sex trafficking survivor shares horrifying story of abuse, recovery – WESTERNMASSNEWS.com

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — A mix of “kidnapping, torture and sex trafficking” is how 25-year old Lizi Mooney describes her three week ordeal in 2011.

Seven years later the Colorado survivor is finally able to share her memories as a naive teenager who hopped a bus near Colorado Springs and arrived in Denver’s Civic Center Park just after New Year’s 2011.

“I had tried most every drug about once … like most 18 year olds I thought I knew it all,” said Mooney before adding, “I wanted to be free so I decided to just run away.”

Mooney told FOX31 she knows in hindsight her decision to run away from parents who cared about her doesn’t sound rational but explained she was an 18-year-old who had been sexually abused by a friend’s father and had a history of substance abuse, so she wrongly assumed she could find a better life on her own.

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