Former sex slave to speak at William Woods
|2/19/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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While attending a Missouri university, Sula Skiles was approached by a man who offered her a modeling job overseas. Excited by the opportunity, she accepted. But she quickly realized that modeling was not what she signed up for.
Instead, she was a Christmas present for the sexual pleasure of a billionaire and his girlfriend. She was a modern day slave—and a sex slave at that.
Skiles, who lives in Jefferson City, will come to William Woods University to tell her story at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in WWU's Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
During her presentation, she will tell the story of how she found herself in the center of a sex trafficking ring and how she fought her way out.
The WWU communications senior seminar class is hosting the event as part of their senior project.
"We are all thrilled to have Sula come speak at William Woods," said Murphy McSemek, a communications and equestrian science major from Dayton, Ohio. "She's an incredible woman, a beautiful speaker and she is sharing a message that is important for the students and community to hear. I think the students will be able to really relate to her, allowing her message to really sink in."
The event will be co-hosted by Nanette Ward of the Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Columbia, Mo. Ward will introduce Skiles and set up a booth offering free informational materials and t-shirts that can be purchased.
"This will easily be one of the most interesting events students will go to," said Alexis Renae, a communications major from Sullivan, Mo.
"It is important for us to remember that human trafficking isn't just something you see in ‘Taken’ (a 2008 action thriller film),” Renae said. “It can happen to an ordinary Missouri college student. People need to know what signs to look out for and how real this issue is. That's why we decided to bring Sula to William Woods—because she has lived it."