A survivor of human sex trafficking will be the keynote speaker of a lecture on the subject hosted by Career Youth Development Friday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Mercy Memorial Church, 2477 N. 36th St.
Brook Bello, an actress, minister and international lecturer on human sex trafficking, will share her story of how she became caught up in–and eventually escaped from–this highly organized criminal and inhumane enterprise.
According to a recent NewsOne article on her efforts, Bello was a victim of sexual assault and abuse at the age of 11; this then drove her to excessive drinking. Bello would eventually run away from home and fall under the wings of a madam in Los Angeles, becoming a prostitute. Working the streets eventually got her arrested in New York for prostitution, but it also opened up an opportunity to return to Los Angeles where she pursued her acting career.
Bello wrote, produced and directed the documentary film, “Survivor: Living Above the Noise. “I want those who’ve lived through this terror to find what I have: freedom from the profound shame and ugliness that comes with sexual violation.”
Bello also began a non-profit “More Too Life” and the mentoring program “Above The Noise,” the latter focusing on crimes and abuses against women and offering measures for treatment and prevention.
The Bello lecture is part of a series of lectures on human sex trafficking Career Youth Development has been sponsoring to shed light on this shocking and incidious crime perpetrated against girls and women of various races and nationalities who come from improvished situations.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as many as 300,000 American girls and young women are enslaved as prostitutes in towns and cities each year.