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Police, former sex workers gather to honor
trafficking victims

from Houston Chronicle

At the site of a former flophouse for local prostitutes, a motley crowd gathered after dark. Tearful women solemnly ticked off names and shared stories during a candlelight vigil honoring victims of sex trafficking. Dubbed a "Celebration of Life," the gathering was fittingly sited at the erstwhile Blue Top Courts Motel, which once housed prostitutes and is now home to a woman-run, nonprofit crisis center.

"It's very significant to me," said Tracy Dudley, the former sex worker who in 2010 founded Women Motivating Women. After Dudley worked to rev up the crowd with a peppy introduction, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo took the stage to a standing ovation. more

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