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    GEMS founder honored for anti-human trafficking efforts

    Rachel Lloyd was not an average teenager. At the age of 13, she dropped out of school in England. At 14, she began stripping and by 17, Lloyd was recruited by a pimp and began working in the sex industry. During her two years working as a prostitute, she was raped, beaten and attempted suicide three times. “I knew something had to change; I needed a change,” Lloyd said. After suffering a violent assault from her pimp, Lloyd immigrated to the United States at 19 and settled in New York City. She began working with adult women who were coming out of the sex industry as well as young girls…