The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

October 9, 2013

Woman to share story on human trafficking

CLINTON — The YWCA's Week Without Violence will include a presentation by a teenage victim of human trafficking.

The event featuring Brittany Phillips will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clinton Community College auditorium.

Phillips was a 15-year-old girl from Iowa when she became a victim of human trafficking. Having been physically and sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend, Phillips was removed to a treatment facility in Iowa City when she was 13. At the age of 15, Phillips ran away from the facility and ended up in Cedar Rapids. As a runaway, she ultimately found herself approached by a man offering her a modeling job. Phillips accepted the job.

The man turned out to be a drug dealer who took her to Chicago and forced her into prostitution.

“I saw some things that I didn’t think I’d ever see,” Phillips said. “They forced me to have sex with people for money, took pictures of me and posted them on Craigslist, as well as beat girls who tried running away. I had a gun held to my head at one point, along with some other girls, and was told that if I ran, they’d find me and kill me.”

Phillips was ultimately rescued by an undercover police officer who arrested her for prostitution approximately three months after she first ran away.

“Not everybody gets the chance to get out of it the way I did,” Phillips said. “I was lucky. Not many are, and a lot of them are young girls, like I was.”

Phillips has since been adopted by her foster mother and together they have worked to share her story in hopes of helping others and increasing awareness of human trafficking as a local issue. The mother-daughter duo has also been instrumental in lobbying for tougher human-trafficking laws in Iowa.

For more information about this or any other Week Without Violence event, contact Sarah Brubaker at the YWCA at 242-2110 or email marketing@ywcaclinton.org.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged with burglarizing cars CLINTON — A homeless Clinton man is currently held in the Clinton county jail on a $2,000 cash bond, on charges related to the Monday morning burglary of parked cars.Austin W. E. Housley, 20, is charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts o

    July 24, 2014

  • LUMBERKINGS Barbosa uses past as motivation CLINTON — Clinton LumberKings outfielder Aaron Barbosa is just like one of the guys, but his path to Clinton is unlike the others.Barbosa was undrafted after playing his college baseball at Northeastern University, but he had a chance to display his

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, LumberKings pitcher Homestand starts with a victory CLINTON — Eddie Campbell allowed one run in his sixth quality start of the year Wednesday as Clinton opened a six-game homestand against the best two teams from the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 4-2 win against West Michigan at Ashford Uni

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stewart McCaskill photo McCaskill settles into new role at shoe store CLINTON — An Oklahoma boy at heart, Stewart McCaskill is settling into Clinton and Brown’s Shoe Fit.The 35-year-old has worked with the Brown’s Shoe Fit company for seven years. His brother-in-law, who manages a Brown’s in Colorado, brought Stewart i

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council backs down CLINTON – By Tuesday’s end, many were content with the Clinton City Council’s decision. Property owners adjacent to the proposed 13th Avenue North and North 14th Street sidewalk sites are happy they won’t be assessed to build the sidewalks; four of s

    July 24, 2014

  • UPDATED: Arbitrator rules in favor of Clinton firefighters

    Gallagher rules in favor of Union's wages and insurance proposals over the city's.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • At the pool Summer heat may be temporary (wtih VIDEO)

    CLINTON — Just two days past the mid-point of summer, Clinton recorded its first 90 degree day of the season.Though it's not a very common summer trend in the Clinton area, there have actually been several July months over the years that never even r

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook