Finding a job after being rescued from sex trafficking was nearly impossible, one Dallas-Fort Worth-area survivor said.

The woman said she was trafficked across the United States from the ages of 18 to 23 and only escaped when she was arrested on multiple felony charges incurred as a result of her time being trafficked. The Dallas Morning News does not typically identify survivors of sex trafficking.

The 24-year-old woman calls her arrest her “rescue” because it was the first time she was away from her trafficker and able to recognize what had occurred.

“I was so blessed to get arrested and be offered services,” she said.

Finding employment was part of the recovery process at Valiant Hearts, a North Texas-based group that provides emergency housing and support for survivors of sex trafficking. It connected the woman with Savhera, an essential oils company that’s considered a social impact brand because of its mission to create “dignified employment” for women who are recovering from being trafficked or are seeking a way out of the sex industry.

The survivor said she couldn’t qualify for entry-level jobs with a criminal record, and she had thousands of dollars in debt from accounts that her trafficker took out in her name.

“I couldn’t even get hired at McDonald’s because of my record,” she said. “It was kind of just like this huge moment where it was like the bondage from my trafficker was holding me back so much, to the point where I couldn’t even get a job.”

Finding a paying job with Savhera was her “saving grace,” she said.

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