- Susan Coppedge says it's time to give trafficking victims a better chance of starting new life
- She says one way to help is to expunge criminal convictions
Susan Coppedge is Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. The opinions expressed in this commentary are the author's own.
(CNN)Nina ran away from home at 14. She met a woman who put her up in a hotel room and brought "clients" to her. For the next 13 years, Nina had 20 different pimps who advertised her for sex on the internet and abused her verbally and physically.