TAMPA, Fla. – Christa Hernandez, founder of the non-profit “Loving You Where You Are At,” visits strip clubs with a crew of volunteers twice a week to support the women “trapped” in the industry.
Hernandez spent 20 years of her life being sex trafficked.
“It started when I was 18,” she said. “I was bartending at the strip club and they had dancers who would come and fill in one night a week. They asked me if I would dance and I said sure.”
Hernandez says one of the dancers befriended her and would give her free drugs. They hung out often and Hernandez says her friend started asking her to drive her places.
“I’d ask where are we going,” she said. “She’d say, ‘oh I’m going to model lingerie and do private dances.’ I’d see her coming out of these houses with so much money. One day she told me ‘you can make what I make but you’re going to have to talk to the boss.'”
By Sarah Rosario – January 20, 2018 – First Coast News