The judge began his sentencing speech: “What do I do when the perpetrator is also a victim?” Last week I sat in a federal courtroom in Florida, packed with survivors, advocates, and supporters of the woman accused.
I had been asked to testify as an expert witness about the impact of trauma on survivors of human trafficking. The goal was to help the judge understand trauma-informed care. It was a complicated case involving a sex trafficking survivor who had taken a plea deal for a shocking crime that she says she didn’t commit. She had spent two years in jail and was facing another eight.