Maryland Among Worst States for Sex Trafficking Survivors (The Washington Post, 16 march 2019)

Donna Bruce was teaching a beauty class in Baltimore when one of her students blindsided her.In front of the entire class, “The student said I was a crackhead who has prostitution on her record out loud in front of everybody,” recalled Bruce. “It was the most humiliating thing.”In fact, Bruce had been trafficked for sexual exploitation by her own mother when she was a teenager, selling her own daughter to men in exchange for drugs. For years this abuse continued, and Bruce racked up a number of criminal charges on her record: prostitution, drug possession, theft, indecent exposure.Yet more than 20 years later, that criminal record haunts her and other survivors of sex trafficking across Maryland. The state ranks among the worst in the United States for criminal records relief for victims of trafficking.