Reno sex trafficking survivor shares her obstacles and triumphs

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — We’re bringing to light a humbling story of how life can knock you down, but it doesn’t have to end there.

Lessia Judd describes being kidnapped, raped and sold into prostitution at the age of five: “I was terrified. I saw things a little girl should never see, I heard things a little girl should never hear, it was very terrifying. I didn’t know if I was going to live or die. This man came to the casino; I had to stay outside the casino, and he caught me. He took me to this empty house here in Reno and I’ll never forget what the house was like, it was empty, and it had hardwood floors and he threw me on the floor and took me away my innocence.

She tells us that her mother and stepfather sold her to men. The drug entered her life at the age of 13, as she details: “It took away the nightmares, it took away the numbness, it took away the pain. It took away the anger. »

Due to abuse, she ran away from home at age 14 after being in the foster care system and group homes. She wants society to feel more comfortable discussing the multi-billion dollar life or death industry of sex trafficking, “people are still scared, people don’t want to know it’s happening. happening here in this county, this state,” she said.

The story could have easily ended there, but thank God for the love. “I have a lot of reasons to get drunk and drunk, but I have a lot more reasons to stay sober today and one of them is my family. I couldn’t read or write when I was 20, 30. 30, and I couldn’t read or write. I learned all this thanks to my husband,” she exclaims.

As literacy, love, and better choices filled her life, she was referred to a small nonprofit that hadn’t even been in our area for over 5 years, “I put myself in contact with Dress for Success and I met some very powerful people women and their teachings still teach me today, as long as I am able to learn how to have a voice and be empowered myself and take back my power, she says.

Judd has logged 25 years of continuous sobriety. Dress for Success Reno-Northern Nevada is focused on supporting women. Employment, financial literacy, resume writing, and any other way to improve their lives and the lives of their families. She wants to encourage everyone who hasn’t gone that far…yet.

“You are not alone. You are definitely not 100% alone, we love you, you are worth something, you are empowerment, you are a woman, you are a human being”, he declares she proudly.

To support Dress for Success Reno’s mission, you can donate or volunteer by visiting, email is: [email protected], or call 775-846-9814 .

Lessia Judd can be reached at [email protected]

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