Victims of human trafficking can be manipulated to believe that they love and need the person trafficking them, according to one survivor.
Sheila McClain, who is from the United States, ran away from home as a young girl after being abused.
By the time she was 18, she was being prostituted and was subsequently trafficked across the country.
She recently attended an event ahead of the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked on July 30th.
She now works for End Slavery Tennessee, an organization offering support to victims of trafficking.
Laura Jarriel has been speaking to Ms McClain.