When Angels Fight: Overcoming Sex Trafficking


Leslie King is a true unsung hero and a survivor of what she calls “modern-day slavery.” She uses her own personal story — which entails being coerced into prostitution at the age of 15 and subsequently enduring more than 20 years of human trafficking in Grand Rapids, Michigan — to shed light on the local street scene and to reach out and empower those affected by sex trafficking.

King is the founder of the nonprofit, Sacred Beginnings, a Women’s Transitional Program. She has rescued or served the needs of more than 400 prostituted women in the Grand Rapids area, providing them with the means to escape victimization and lead educated and productive lives.

Although her work often goes unseen and unrecognized, she has been changing lives through intense advocacy on behalf of sex victims and her caring, intentional work with the women and girls trapped into working the streets.

King is working toward a systematic recognition that the real lawbreakers are the pimps and johns who solicit the women and enforce the indentured lifestyle. She regularly informs law enforcement and policy makers about human trafficking in their own backyards. King sits on the committee for the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, is president of the Kent County Recovery Housing Coalition and chairs the board for Sacred Beginnings, in addition to running the all-volunteer organization. 

Her debut book, When Angels Fight: My Story of Escaping Sex Trafficking and Leading a Revolt Against the Darknessis out now and sold 2,500 copies even before it was released. You will not want to miss this episode!

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