29-year-old celebrated US Army veteran, Amber Causey, whose life took a low dip after she was taken in by a manipulative pimp who forced her to sell sex, has shared her incredible story of survival after being sex-trafficked as a teen.
The mother of two, with two master’s degrees who said she has devoted her life to ending the child trafficking trade, said her ordeal began the day her pimp flirtatiously dropped a note with his number at her feet.
The man, whom she believed was her boyfriend, lavished her with food, new clothes and a phone. But after a few weeks, he took her to his apartment and ordered her to walk the streets selling sex and threatened to beat her if she rebelled.
The army veteran who had already experienced abuse as a child, was forced to sleep with up to ten men-a-day and claims she was “severely beaten” if she made less than $500. For nine months in 2006 and 2007, Amber survived on a daily allowance of $20 for food and condoms.
However the former staff sergeant owes her life to a recruiter, who came looking for her two years after she registered her interest at a school careers fair.
Amber said: “The pimp told me that he could make my dreams come true and he told me he loved me.
“I loved him and I believed him. I felt worthy when I was with him.
“He was courting me, but then one day he took me to his apartment and there were two other girls there and I wasn’t allowed to leave.
“I could either get beat or get raped or fall in line.
“I turned into a teen prostitute and by the time I turned 17 I had had hundreds of sex partners.
“One time a guy held a knife to me and left me naked next to a factory. I just fell completely down into the ground.
“I got to the point where I would rather be beaten and starved than put myself at the mercy of another man.
“I couldn’t mentally keep myself together any more so the pimp packed my stuff up in a bag and dumped me at the side of the road.”
Amber, from Chicago, went on to join the Army in 2007 and had a glittering seven-and-a-half year military career, with the 2nd Battalion of the 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Iraq.