Kevin Kimmel was a long time truck driver that new the roads particularly well. While driving through Virginia, he noticed something out of place.
The RV he saw had black curtains. It was immediately clear to him that something was going on. Black curtains weren’t the norm for RVs on this road. It was usually families.
Kimmel went to investigate, and knocked on the door. It took a while, but a man eventually opened the door. Kimmel saw glimpses of a female inside. His worst fears had come true. Kimmel called in the authorities, who were able to rescue the woman.
They said by the time they found her, she was in bad shape. It wasn’t until several months later, Kimmel saw the girl he rescued on television.
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A truck driver who saw a suspicious RV with black curtains wound up saving a young sex trafficking victim, and now, he’s helping others look for the signs.
Truck driver Kevin Kimmel accidentally came upon a sex trafficking victim as he pulled into a gas station in Virginia.
He noticed an RV in the parking lot and sensed that something was off.
“The thing that stuck out was that this was an old RV with black curtains which wasn’t very family-ish,” Kimmel recalled.
He called the local sheriff’s office. When police arrived they arrested a man and a woman and were seen assisting “a female in really bad shape.”
Months later, Kimmel learned from a news broadcast that the woman was a 20-year-old sex trafficking victim. She had been held against her will and forced into prostitution. She was also tortured by her captors.
Laura Sorenson and Aldair Hodza — who had lured the woman away from her home in Iowa — were sentenced to 40 and 42 years respectively. They had been selling her at truck stops to men who responded to ads on the internet. In court it was revealed that they had tortured the victim by burning her with metal instruments and driving nails into her feet.
“[Traffickers] are constantly moving these people. They stay in the darkness,” Kimmel said. “That’s why they can’t be anywhere too long. But when you’re moving them, then you come into my world. If we know the signs and are vigilant then we can make a big piece of this problem go away.”
“”We need to get rid of this thought that they (prostitutes who approach truckers) are doing it because they are putting themselves through college or that was their choice,” he added. “We need to inform truckers about what’s really going on.”