Joyce Dixson-Haskett: From human-trafficking victim, to killer, to prison, to the capital building

DETROIT, Mich. - A metro Detroit woman spent most of her life hiding a deep secret. It was a part of her that she was ashamed to share.

Though now, her fears have been set aside. She is an open book for all to read. Joyce Dixson-Haskett was used, manipulated and abused. She was a victim of human trafficking.

Her journey has been gripping, unbelievable and tragic. From murder to prison and then to the capital building. Joyce Dixson-Haskett has a story that will give you chills and, hopefully, a reason to take action.

“I made a lot of mistakes, paid for them all. But it’s not how the story begins that’s important, it’s how it ends,” Dixson-Haskett said.

We all must join this fight to end human trafficking by speaking up and calling the police when you see something suspicious.

If you see tattoos and brands, such as barcodes and messages on the bodies of human-trafficking victims, report it. Those images may display whose property the victim belongs to, and what the person is worth monetarily. 

Please, stop judging a book by its cover. Do not assume someone is in a situation because they want to be. The lives of survivors and victims of human trafficking are worth taking a risk for.

Help them open up so they too can share their story, their truth, just like Dixson-Haskett.

You can reach the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or DayLilyHealth on Facebook at facebook.com/daylilyhealth.

Joyce Dixson-Hasket can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/joyce.haskett.5 and at Joyce Haskett & Associates

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