BREAKING NEWS

Sources say police are searching Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer.

'I wound up beaten:' LI woman shares sex trafficking survival story

A Long Island woman is sharing her story of survival over sex trafficking.

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2019, 7:09 PM

Updated 1,845 days ago

Share:

A Long Island woman is sharing her story of survival over sex trafficking.
Emily Waters says at 18 years old, she was going to college and working as an underage bartender in a hotel. That's where she met her boyfriend, who she says quickly became her worst nightmare.
Waters says her boyfriend initially dealt her drugs before becoming her trafficker. She was trafficked in Texas.
Experts say Long Island is among the top 20 locations in the U.S. for sex trafficking. They say human sex trafficking goes hand in hand with the opioid epidemic.
"The first time I tried to leave, I wound up beaten," Waters says.
She tried to escape two times, and was brutally beaten when she was found.
Waters says she managed to escape in 2001, when a friend bought her a plane ticket out of state. She left her boyfriend, her car, and everything she had except for the clothes on her back.
Waters is now the director of human trafficking at the Safe Center, where she works with victims every day to help them become survivors.
She is also the director of Nassau County's Human Trafficking Intervention Court, which has been in operation for seven years.


More from News 12
3:37
Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

2:33
Sun returns with highs near 70 today; temps to climb near 80 midweek

Sun returns with highs near 70 today; temps to climb near 80 midweek

2:16
‘Just wish it would go away.’ Neighbors frustrated over police presence at Rex Heuermann’s home

‘Just wish it would go away.’ Neighbors frustrated over police presence at Rex Heuermann’s home

1:30
Renewed police presence at Heuermann house indicative of new search warrant

Renewed police presence at Heuermann house indicative of new search warrant

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

1:48
East Patchogue teen files lawsuit blaming Brookhaven Town following cancer diagnosis

East Patchogue teen files lawsuit blaming Brookhaven Town following cancer diagnosis

0:19
2 people injured after car overturns on Long Island Expressway in Melville

2 people injured after car overturns on Long Island Expressway in Melville

0:21
Police: Man in critical condition after being pulled from pool in West Hills

Police: Man in critical condition after being pulled from pool in West Hills

2:24
Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Glen Cove

Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Glen Cove

1:09
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter on May 20

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter on May 20

1:46
Pizza Strong: Massive fundraiser supports family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller

Pizza Strong: Massive fundraiser supports family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller

0:30
Portion of Southern State Parkway in West Babylon reopens following car accident

Portion of Southern State Parkway in West Babylon reopens following car accident

1:55
Northwell Health Walk at Jones Beach raises money to support women and children

Northwell Health Walk at Jones Beach raises money to support women and children

0:15
Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

1:59
Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

1:45
 Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

0:51
Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

0:17
Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

0:32
Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

1:46
Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head