Holly Smith brings her unique perspective, and strong voice, to aid victims and inform policy makers about the endemic cycle of sexual abuse and trafficking worldwide.
As a survivor of child sex trafficking, I demand that the media stop calling child victims prostitutes, child prostitutes, teen prostitutes, hookers, sex slaves, or sex workers. Published 8:13 p.m. July 4, 2012 - Comments
I urge the gay community to reach out and support organizations that provide services to those youth who are least supported in the anti-trafficking movement. Published 10:13 a.m. June 27, 2012 - Comments
Holly is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking. In order to raise awareness about human trafficking, Holly has appeared on the Dr. Oz show and has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine ...Read More
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Holly is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking. In order to raise awareness about human trafficking, Holly has appeared on the Dr. Oz show and has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. Holly is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement officials, social service providers, human trafficking task forces, legislators, educators, and journalists.
Holly was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT, an event hosted by the United States Department of Justice. Holly works with survivors and anti-human trafficking organizations across the country.
When she isn't speaking, Holly is working on an academic book about trafficking, which is under contract with Palgrave-Macmillan and slated for publication in 2014. Holly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Minor in Writing from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Ben, and their Miniature Schnauzer, Tonka. A recently-released film titled Finding Faith portrays portions of Holly’s story.