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How a Calif. Girl Pulled into Sex Slavery by a Smooth-Talking Trafficker Found Her Purpose in a Group Home

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By Wendy Grossman Kantor
January 21, 2022

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Oree Freeman was born in prison. She was adopted by a single mother when she was 2 days old.

“I was born with a booking number,” Freeman, 26, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I was born into an unfair hand.”

Her adopted mother taught preschool and managed an apartment complex.

She didn’t talk to Freeman about the gangs or drugs or women who stand on street corners in the neighborhood. “She didn’t even want to sign the permission slip to sex education in the fifth grade,” Freeman remembers.

When she was 9, Freeman was molested by a family friend. Then she was raped by a gang in South Central Los Angeles.

When she was 10, she learned she was adopted.

“That hurt me more than anything,” she says. “It was the lie.”

When she was 11, the family friend who had assaulted her started coming around — so she ran away from home. …

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