Federal authorities recently announced a five-year plan to end human trafficking. And they’ve also reported a 91 percent increase in trafficking-related arrests between 2010 and 2012. Today, though, let’s look at one person’s story that takes us way beyond the numbers.
Andrea Herrera, better known as Kat Stacks, lit up the Internet a few years ago with a series of raunchy videos threatening to expose the alleged bedroom secrets of hip-hop stars.
But in a recent candid interview with DNA, she revealed she had made up those stories, and in fact, had been a victim of human trafficking.
Her story is particularly relevant right now, given that January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
As abstract and far away as this issue may seem, these crimes persist, sometimes right in our backyard. Just last week, police captured the two alleged pimps of a 13-year-old girl who was trafficked and forced to dance in a Miami Beach strip club by using a fake ID.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reports increased criminal arrests and convictions last year in human trafficking cases. But what about trafficking perpetrated within U.S. borders?
DNA spoke to the infamous Kat Stacks, @theGameGoddess on Twitter and Instagram–to put it on a human level. She spoke with DNA in the Fusion sutdio to discuss her experience getting out of street life, moving forward, and the truth about pimps and underage strippers.
Watch the in-studio interview above, and learn more about her whole story in the video below, from a previous interview with DNA, recorded right before Kat was to enjoy her first night out after more than three years in immigration prison.