After 17 years being trafficked in prostitution she went blind while pregnant: Extraordinary survivor writer Christine McDonald

26 Apr

Christine McDonald, sex trafficking survivors united, cry purple, human trafficking, prostitution, blindness, disability, motherhood

Christine McDonald was trafficked in prostitution for 17 years.  Then she went blind while she was pregnant.  She has written a bold, brave book about her heartbreaking experiences, which include giving birth in shackles.  She suffered from an undiagnosed disability which played a role in her vulnerability to being trafficked.  You will love her amazing page turner of a book:  Cry Purple.

She will inspire you!  Her writing is a testament to the nightmare of prostitution and the beauty and resilience of her spirit.
Here is an excerpt:

While I was walking along, keeping a lookout for a spigot, I saw some beautiful flowers in a yard behind a fence. Knowing that the owners must have had a water hose around somewhere—and drawn by the flowers—I climbed over the fence. I walked over and began picking some of the flowers of each color: a red one, a blue one, a yellow one, and a few purple ones. The purple seemed so calm, so peaceful and rich.

As I was picking them, a man came out from the house with a phone in his hands. He yelled with an accent.

“Get away!” he said. “I’m calling the police! Get away from my house!”

“I’m sorry,” I said, and headed for the gate, with the man still yelling at me about my trespassing in his yard and picking his flowers. I still had them in my hand, and I dropped them by the fence as I exited the yard. I turned as he yelled once again that he was calling the police.

“I’m homeless,” I said.

Then it hit me that I was barefoot, that I was standing in the cool of the grass, and that his flowers were beautiful.

“I don’t see much beautiful stuff,” I said, and then I started walking again. —  Excerpt from the book Cry Purple.

Read more about Christine at her great webpage

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4 Responses to “After 17 years being trafficked in prostitution she went blind while pregnant: Extraordinary survivor writer Christine McDonald”

  1. Yoshiko April 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm #


  2. Jueseppi B. April 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Ms. Stella Marr is an excellent advocate for the inhumane practice of human trafficking. Read everything she writes!

  3. butimbeautiful April 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    That sounds terrible! I have to keep reminding myself that human awfulness is a minority phenomenon. Poor woman.

  4. Kate Swaffer April 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    I have been following your blog for some time now, and your stories, and references to other amazing survivors continues to inspire and motivate me to keep up my own ‘fight’ for survival. Thank you. xox

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