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Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 5:45 PM
— Modern day slavery, now known as human trafficking, is happening here in the Dayton area. In fact, some call it a hub because traffickers use the I-70-75 corridor to easily transport woman who have been forced into the sex trade.
"I was young and I was naive, and they made it sound glamorous," said Candace, who is not revealing her last name for her protection. "Now I know I was brainwashed and I was manipulated."
Candace said she was sold for sex, controlled by drugs and paid in drugs.
"We went to hotels to meet people or we did out calls where we went to their house,but nobody came to our house," said Candace. "It was supposed to be a secret, keep us protected."
Her so-called protector, David Nelms, is now serving 12 years in prison. Undercover agents caught him advertising a harem of women online, including Candace. She was eventually arrested, along with her attacker in one of Ohio's first big human trafficking cases.
"I was put through the legal system, just like my trafficker. I face the same charges as my trafficker and then, later, was called a victim," said Candace. "I don't think we're the same. I don't think my trafficker and I are the same."
Candace is now getting help at Safe Harbor House in Springfield.