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    June 2017

    MISSING AND MURDERED: The Trafficked Part Eleven

    PART ELEVEN: 

    ‘WE ALL DESERVE 
    A CHANCE’

    Beatrice Wallace-Littlechief still has trouble sleeping. She spent about 15 years on and off the streets of Edmonton and Vancouver, hustling and selling drugs, turning tricks only as a last resort.

    She wound up addicted to drugs but got out (and cleaned up) more than a decade ago for the sake of her eight kids – she didn’t want them to be “another generation of lost souls.”

    Now that the family is back together (the children had all been taken by social services), she has opened up about her past life: “This is my reality and the only reason I’m talking about it is because it has to stop.”

    Beatrice Wallace-Littlechief with a young grandson in her bedroom, which is her refuge -- a safe space when she is feeling down. (May Truong for The Globe and Mail)

    And yet a smell, a face, a voice or even the weather can act as a trigger. “The memories are always coming back. It’s gotten better. But it doesn’t go away.”

    She now works as a program co-ordinator at an AIDS organization and is a member of the advisory team with Defend Dignity, an anti-exploitation group.

     
     
     
     
     
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    “People trust me because of my past experience… because I know the pain that it causes and the trauma that 30 years later I’m still living with.”

     

    Her dream is to open a ranch some day for girls who want to leave the trade – a safe place for them to recover and rebuild their lives, under the open Prairie skies.

    “I will never completely understand why I had to experience what I did, but I thank God that I got out, and now I spend my days offering hope to those who cross my path,” she says.

    “I will always be an open ear. We all deserve a chance at living life to the best of our ability.”

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