Dawn Worswick

Dawn Worswick

A child trafficking survivor publishes a book to fight against human trafficking in the U.S.
 

Dawn Worswick was four years old when she was sexually abused by the foster care workers at a state run facility in California. She was used for Satanic ritual practice, and the crime scenes of her abuse were used as pornography. During the interview, she says that the abuse lasted for four years. As a result of abuse, she later became a strip dancer and a drug addict. Now, she stands against the perpetrators as a survivor of sex industry and child trafficking. And, she wants to help other victims by raising the awareness of domestic human trafficking in the U.S. Dawn Worswick therefore uses her publication, Free at Last, as a main method of her awareness raising effort against human trafficking.

Q; TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK, "FREE AT LAST."

My book is about domestic human trafficking and sexual abuse abolition movement from a Christian point of view in San Jose, San Francisco bay area. This series is my way of fighting and giving back, sharing informing, and motivating those who would like to get involved to help and those who need help. I want to show what God did to help me and that there is hope. My goals are to raise awareness, raise money, and rise up a new generation of abolitionists and survivors who will fight back against this evil with everything they’ve got.

Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST LEARN ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

I learned of the term “human trafficking,” in 2005 from the lifetime series, “Human Trafficking.” Then I started researching the issue. i didn't know that I was a victim of human trafficking when I was being abused in the foster care facility, but I realized what happened to me and other children in that facility was in fact, human trafficking after the research.

Q: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE A SURVIVOR. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU IN OVERCOMING YOUR LIFESTYLE IN SEX INDUSTRY AND THE ABUSE AS A CHILD?

The damage was already done while I was systematically raped and abused for four years as a child. I was just living out what I had learned. In essence the abuse taught me how to be a sex worker and also how to abuse myself and enjoy it. It's really quite sick really but, children who are abused are essentially being trained for this work to begin with. I had to change everything about me basically to get out and survive. Everyday is a struggle for survival. Especially because I made a grip of cash where now I am poor, poor. I think getting over not having the money I used too is the hardest of all.

The lifestyle is an addiction as well as the drugs. I left when I got pregnant with my second daughter and I quit cold turkey. I did have a few relapses after she was born but, it only lasted for one night and then I would have to start the recovery process all over. I didn't go weeks and weeks on drugs, I would get high for one night but the horrible effects would last for days and days. If it hadn't been for God, I don't think I could have done it. It was hard. I was such an addict, even when I was "dry," I would still crave meth. This year is the first year I don't crave meth, praise God. It is not easy and that is why most people fail. I have God and I believe that is the only reason why I survived.

 

Q: WHAT DOES BEING ABLE TO WORK ON YOUR PUBLICATION LIKE "FREE AT LAST" MEAN TO YOU?

From a personal perspective, this work has been very healing for me and from a professional perspective I realize I do have a gift of storytelling, and helping others. I do have something other than my body to offer the world. I think that many people relate to stories and storytelling. This is a way I can bring people into the world without them getting hurt and also share insight about the industry and the people in it. I do not think that my way is the only way. But, I do think that I know what I am talking about having been there and done that.

Q: WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR BOOK OR PURCHASE IT?

I do have a soft cover version of my book available as well as an e-book for the kindle, iphone, or ipad at www.dawneworswick.com. I donate $2 a book to the SAGE Project to help support the people there and the work they so lovingly do. My next book in the series will focus on another organization that has inspired me and helped me in my Journey here. When someone buys my book, he or she will be donating $2 to contribute to the organization's work as well.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

As someone who learned about the subject of human trafficking in an academic setting, I can tell you what human trafficking is and how several social factors are contributing to such evil phenomenon in the different societies around the world. But, neither researcher, like I, nor scholars can explain the emotion and psychological ups and downs that the victims have to unjustifiably endure under the oppression of the traffickers. In this regard, Dawn's work is an excellent tool to help anyone understand human trafficking from someone who has witnessed the phenomenon at first hand. It is not only easy to read but also relatable to any readers even if they are unfamiliar with the exploitation prevalent in sex industry and human trafficking in the United States before hand.
http://www.dawneworswick.com/

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