Poetry From Survivors

Courageous young women — each of whom are sex trafficking survivors from Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) — have shared their despair and self-expression through thought-provoking poetry. The words of these strong and beautiful young women shed light on the issue of human trafficking, despite the dark depths of suffering they’ve experienced by being forced to sell their bodies.

Alicia Keys, P!nk, and Jada Pinkett Smith, as part of the mtvU Against Our Will Campaign narrated several poems from the GEMS girls. These young women were coerced into a life that no one should live, and you can hear the strife they’ve faced in their words. But, you can also hear bold declarations of confidence and self-worth; the determination to make a better life.

As you listen to this Survivor Poetry, ask yourself, “What if that was me or anyone I knew?”

Learn more at Alicia Keys’ Huffington Post article: Against Our Will: Poetry From Survivors of Human Trafficking.


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