Child Trafficking Survivor is Determined to Put an End to 53 Trillion Dollar Industry

Many think that slavery was abolished over 100 years ago, but did you know that we have more slaves today than ever before?

Human trafficking is the greatest human rights challenge of our history. It is estimated that there are over 40 million people being trafficked worldwide. 

Coco Berthmann, a survivor of 15 years of child trafficking that her own mother was responsible for, escaped home 10 years ago at age 15. After surviving the monsters of her childhood, she is now determined to end the most horrific crime around the world. 

Coco teamed up with Sara Arkell on a YouTube collaboration to help spread the word about human trafficking in an attempt to end this horrific industry. In an Instagram post announcing the video, Coco shared the following message:

For so many years I hated myself and my body because of what happened to me… 15 years of child sex-trafficking my own mother put me through. Do you know what that meant? Sometimes I was raped 10-50 times a day- and all before I even turned 15 years old. Yes, you read that correctly.

How could I ever love myself and my body? How could this ever change? Healing through trauma is possible. Tonight I’ll share the most vulnerable part of me… My hurt parts Why? Because over 40 million other victims are still out there who are being tortured every day.

Coco Berthmann and Sara Arkell on-site in Colorado shooting their Mulan video

Who else is struggling with body image and self-doubt? Never feeling like you’re ever belonging? This song is absolutely perfect and speaks to the very core of my soul. Especially now that we all in quarantine…

We are releasing my next music video in collaboration with @thepianogalmusic!!! We decided to not wait for @mulan by @disney to come out since their premiere was postponed. This music video means the world to me- I literally ended up in the ICU shooting this video.

This is my sister’s dream- she always wanted to sing. And with this video, I am telling all the traffickers out there that no matter how many threats they are sending, I will not be silenced. Who is ready to join me in fighting child-trafficking?! Sharing this with your friends could be the first step!

And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

If you would like to get involved in taking down human trafficking, check out OUR Rescue, an organization that has rescued 3,300 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 1,800 traffickers around the world. Their partners have collectively helped rescue the lives of more than 10,000 survivors who were enslaved, exploited, or at risk.

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