Stacy Jewell Lewis speaks out at Salt Lake symposium

SALT LAKE CITY — It took Stacy Lewis 10 years after leaving “the life” to realize and understand that she had been a victim of sex trafficking.

But when she found her voice, it was powerful and it was strong.

Friday she performed a monologue she wrote titled “10 Years and One Day” with fierceness and tenderness. Her voice raising and then lowering, she spoke of the children she saw working in the streets and of the sun that taunted her while she was forced to work only in darkness.

“While it took 10 years to fully understand that I was a victim, it only took me one day to believe in the sun,” she said. “God was in the light all along. … I escaped my prison while all the vampires were asleep.”

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