A Dangerous Return to El Salvador

At 11-years old, a prominent gang in El Salvador tried to recruit Gina as a sex slave. She was able to flee with her mother to Guatemala, “disrespecting the gang” in the process and putting a target on her back if she ever returned. In Guatemala, her mother started living with a predator who molested Gina and ultimately got her pregnant. The government intervened and put her in an aftercare home. Gina ultimately kept the baby but her medical provider administered painkillers to the baby that were meant for her, the mother. Her baby dies in her arms as she traveled back to the aftercare home. This harrowing experience continues to affect her.