What happened to Stella?

Age: 14

Stella runs away from a household where her stepfather abuses her and her mother regularly loses her temper.  Hitchhiking to Cincinnati, she gets a ride from a truck driver who has a sign posted on his dashboard: GAS, GRASS, OR ASS: Nobody rides for free.  She has no money.  This is her first experience trading sex for something that she needs.

Stella spends the next ten years in Cincinnati, trading sex for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and drugs.  She dies of AIDS at age 25.


Thank you for coming to see Traffick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. We welcome you to continue the discussion on sex slavery in our community by sharing your experience in the comments.

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