Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Human trafficking survivor tells her storySubmitted: 10/11/2018
Adriana Michelle
Adriana Michelle
Reporter/Anchor
amichelle@wjfw.com

Human trafficking survivor tells her story
MERRILL - Morgan Leaf Meadows didn't always go by that name.

"It wasn't that I didn't love that name. It's just that the name associates a certain power to those that used that name," said Meadows.

Meadows was born Netha Edna Mason, but the change helped her escape a terrible past.

"I am a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking," Meadows said.

Her birth mother and stepfather were responsible for the trafficking. Her mom was a substance abuser. Her stepdad was in the Navy. 


"Pornographic photography would the label for what happened to me in the beginning," said Meadows. "Being completely naked...in a room with other people, cameras, filming, and other children were present."

The photography later grew into sexual encounters that Meadows' parents, mainly her stepfather, received money for. 

The abuse didn't stop until an arranged marriage at the age of 17. Then she lived a life of domestic and sexual abuse until she broke free at 29.

"I guess you can call it a self-rescue," she said. "But someone asked me the question, 'What would help me to be happy?' and I said I need help getting away from him."

Meadows, who lives in Door County, now teams up with advocates like Sister Celine Goessl in Merrill. They want to stop human trafficking throughout the state.

"Primarily, in the state of Wisconsin, the victims and the survivors of human trafficking are our own people," said Goessl.

Goessl is proud to stand behind Meadows as she tells her story and gains support for the cause.

"Morgan is a brave person," said Goessl. "She is ready to do what she can to help humanity do what they can to help pull people in to help."

Meadows is working on presentations to teach others about the issue. She knows it's a lot of work, but she won't stop until human trafficking ends. 

"I believe that we will eradicate trafficking. And I don't mean we as survivors," said Meadows. "I mean we as community members. We are the ones capable of doing this."

Meadows spoke in Tomahawk Thursday.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

RHINELANDER - Paul Evensen is a busy man. During the weekdays, he's at the front desk welcoming people into Rhinelander's St. Mary's Hospital Clinic.

On week nights, he's attending choir practices with two different chorus groups: The Lakeland Barbershop Chorus and the Hymns and Hers.

When the weekends come around, he just wants to do one thing.

"Take a nap," he said.

But he's wasn't dozing off Sunday because it was time that his hard work paid off.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - The Howard Young Medical Center showed people a new addition that took almost two years to complete.

The rehabilitation center went through a $5 million makeover. It expanded into one big room with new equipment, new bathrooms, and a new pediatric center.

+ Read More

LODI - Authorities say the pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries in a crash near the Lodi Lakeland Airport.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - You normally can find Santa at shopping centers, holiday buffets, or of course, delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

But one event brought Santa to a place he doesn't typically go.

Sunday, one mom brought Mr. Claus to the Eagle River Hockey and Sports Arena.

She invited him out on the ice to skate and take pictures with kids.

Jen Hicks says she got Santa there by writing him a letter.

+ Read More

Play Video

KING - Gary Mader is a retired veteran who has lived at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI, for the past 13 years. He has a regular Saturday routine there.

"I help people get down to the dining room for breakfast and serve it," Mader said.

Saturday, he broke that routine to honor a group he holds close to his heart.

"I'm very proud to do anything that can help veterans," he continued.

At 10 a.m., Mader went to the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, across from his home, to help lay wreaths over gravestones.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Getting Christmas gifts for your family can be hard, especially if you're only in third grade and can't even drive yourself to the store. 

Some cops decided to make that a little easier for some kids by taking them to Walmart.

+ Read More

MARSHFIELD -
6:01 p.m.

Marshfield Police have found William Crowley and have taken him into custody.

10:16 a.m.

Marshfield Police are searching for a man who shot another man on S. Cherry Ave in Marshfield Saturday morning around 1 a.m.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here