Most Revolutionary Anti-Sex-Trade Crusader

Minh Dang

The bad news is that, according to the FBI, Oakland is one of the nation’s hubs for sex trafficking — particularly of minors. But the good news is that there are more and more grassroots organizations working hard to stop the practice — and more survivors who are speaking out. Take Minh Dang, a master’s of social work/Ph.D candidate at UC Berkeley who was sex-trafficked at age ten by her parents and remained enslaved for ten years. Dang now serves as a co-facilitator of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse meetings in Berkeley and as a board member for local nonprofit Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH!); recently, she participated in Project Peace’s speaker series’ lecture “The Slave Next Door: Making Justice Personal.” For Dang, the personal is most definitely the political — and her story challenges us to open our eyes to the injustice occurring right in our own backyard.

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