poverty

‘Time’s up!’ My landlord arrives at 7 a.m. to change the locks. Now, I live in a car with my 7-year-old.’: Woman details domino effect of poverty, urges us to ‘be thankful’ for what we have

“All it takes is one unexpected bill, one fender bender, one lay-off, one house fire. I pay to shower at local truck stops and eat whatever can be cooked in a gas station microwave. Someone sees my daughter and I daughter living like this and calls CPS. They remove her from my care. Next, I lose my job. ‘An employee losing their child reflects poorly on this company.’ My window is smashed, my belongings stolen. I call the homeless shelter: ‘The beds are all full.’ We are all so close to homelessness.”

‘You know the monster you are.’ I scrambled across the seat, pulled up the lock. ‘Get back here!’: Teenager escapes sex slavery after nearly being sold to ‘new level of trafficking,’ ‘I just ran’

“The car stopped at a red light just before turning onto the interstate. I said, ‘no.’ That’s all I said. ‘No.’ I could have told them how repulsive their actions were, but I conveyed it with one word. The 2 men were screaming. I tumbled out of the car. I heard honking, shouting, but I just ran. My body was functioning on terror and adrenaline. The knees of my leggings had ripped on the concrete and I was bleeding. But I just ran.”

‘Umm, I’m 32, DIVORCED WITH TWO KIDS.’ He said, ‘Yeah, we need your consent.’ ‘Yes, I CONSENT!’: Divorced single mom adopted at 32, ‘I wonder if they’re tired of me. I felt like it was too good to be true’

“I ran away from home. I was hiding in a stranger’s garage while my mom and police looked for me. I used a stranger’s phone to call The Pates. ‘I can’t go home, can you help me?’ I feared my mother. The next day she drove me to their house, dumped my belongings at the bottom of their driveway, and left. So, at the age of 32, I was adopted. I got a new birth certificate and everything.”

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