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Sex trafficking victim shares her ordeal after almost ending up in the hands of drug cartel

April 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Sex trafficking victim shares her ordeal after almost ending up in the hands of drug cartel

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A sex trafficking victim who came face-to-face with a drug cartel hopes her story of survival will provide other victims with strength.

Marjorie Saylor, 34, told her story on NBC 7 San Diego in light of a renewed conversation on human trafficking along the border.

In his visit to the southern border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said cartels and street gangs are one of the primary factors responsible for human trafficking.

Saylor said listening to the attorney general address trafficking hit close to home for her. She first came into contact with a Mexican drug cartel over ten years ago.

She was only 16 years old and was living with her much older boyfriend and his family. In the beginning, she did not realize she had agreed to live in a drug house.

“I’m laying on the floor in a room, curled up in a ball,” she remembers.


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A group of men had walked in, demanding a significant amount of cash from Saylor’s boyfriend’s brother-in-law. Her boyfriend’s sister offered Saylor as an exchange for the money.

Her boyfriend’s sister offered Saylor as an exchange for the money.

“She goes, ‘Why don’t we keep the money and give her.'”

Her boyfriend’s brother-in-law thought about it, she recalled.

“Then he said, ‘No, we can’t, she’s our babysitter,’” Saylor added.

That incident was a close call, she said to NBC 7, but Saylor’s story of sexual abuse started at 5-years-old.

“When I was five it was his stepfather,” Saylor stated, talking about her stepfather’s stepfather. The abuse persisted for several years, and got worse when she turned 12, “when I started to develop and mature my stepfather started on the abuse.”

When Saylor turned 14, her mother left her stepfather, and they moved to Orange County. However, a year later she was sexually abused by a teen in her new neighborhood. Saylor then decided that she would run away.

Marjorie Saylor hopes her story will provide hope to other sex trafficking victims

The move did not conclude the abuse. At 21, she was trafficked at a strip club.

“They were arranging for people for me to sleep with,” Saylor continued. “They would make it so I couldn’t get lap dances, I would need to do this at the end of the night.”

That abuse lasted for years. She managed to flee at 29, and then met her final abuser.

The man sexually assaulted her and forced Saylor to become a domestic slave. They traveled from Southern California to Kansas City in the span of two years.

During that period, Saylor gave birth to a little girl.

Her daughter became the strength she needed to survive and escape. When the baby was 11 months, Saylor left and never looked back.

Saylor is hopeful that her past ordeal as a sex trafficking victim will help “every girl out there that is still struggling… I’ll be that voice, even if it saves one.”

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