Theresa Flores is a survivor. As
a 15-year-old girl in a well-to-do white suburban neighborhood Theresa survived
two years of living hell being trafficked to men in their 20's and 30's. She was given as a reward when men in
this criminal ring did a good job.
An avid track runner, older
sister to three younger brothers and that all-American girl look, no one, not
even her parents knew she was being trafficked for sex.
Twenty years later, Theresa is
speaking out on the reality of human trafficking in the U.S. She is the author of “The Slave across the
Street”, a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller, and the “Sacred Bath”. Her new international book, a top seller on the UK Sunday Times list, offers a look into her escape
from her traffickers and her new life.
Theresa has been invited as a
guest on The 700 Club, The Today Show, and, MSNBC’s Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. She has also
been featured on Nightline and America’s Most Wanted as a sex slave survivor.
Theresa is featured by the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit
entitled, Invisible Slavery.
As an international speaker on human trafficking, Theresa was also
appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission in 2009
and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of Human
Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235
being passed into law by Ohio Governor Strickland on December 23, 2010.
Theresa has been awarded one of the top influential women in
the Columbus, Ohio area. She was also recognized by current Ohio Governor
Kaisch and received the Courage Award for her work in human trafficking. The
audio version of her latest book, “The Slave across the Street” was nominated
for the 2011 Audie Award, being in the top 5 of all memoirs and biographies.
Theresa is a licensed social
worker for more than 20 years. She received her Master’s in Counseling
Education from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from
Ball State University.