Virginia Giuffre was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell as a teenager. However, her abuse started at the age of seven, before she even met Epstein and Maxwell. Today, she’s been married for nearly 18 years, and she’s the mother of three wonderful children. Virginia’s liberation started when Maxwell ordered her to take a short course on Thai massage in Thailand. Maxwell’s ulterior motive was to have Virginia recruit a Thai girl whom Epstein and his cronies could victimize. But Virginia couldn’t take the abuse any longer so she opened up to a complete stranger in Thailand about her hellish ordeals. He was Australian, and they were married seven days later in a beautiful Buddhist temple atop a mountain. As a sign of her newfound freedom, her newlywed husband released a cage of white pigeons, signifying that she was now free.
The inferno that she endured at the hands of Epstein, Maxwell, and their powerful cronies kindled a fire inside of her for the need to protect children. Although Epstein is dead, his co-perpetrators continue to abuse children, like thousands of others. In 2014, she founded Victims Refuse Silence, which is an organization to educate the public about sex trafficking, assist in rescuing victims off the streets or from their abusers, and give them a platform to share their stories in a safe place. Her next goal is to build health and wellness centers in the USA that give victims/survivors lodging, and also a safe place where they can receive therapy and participate in therapeutic groups that empower them to restore themselves from the psychological mutilation of child sex trafficking.
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