The Guardian’s documentary on sex trafficking in the US features LIFT’s work in Worcester

The Guardian’s documentary on sex trafficking in the US features LIFT’s work in Worcester July 15, 2018 The Trap investigates how prisons and jails across the United States have become recruiting grounds for human traffickers, who are targeting incarcerated women and trafficking them out of correctional facilities and into pimp-controlled prostitution. More on this story […]

The Guardian’s article on America’s outcasts: the women trapped in a cruel cycle of exploitation

The Guardian magazine exposes the deadly sex trafficking in US prisons July 15, 2018 A landmark Guardian investigation, produced over 18 months, examines how US sex traffickers recruit jailed women for prostitution. The work culminated in a documentary, The Trap, which exposes the systematic pattern of grooming and recruitment of women prisoners by pimps and […]

Glamour Magazine Features LIFT CEO, Nikki Bell (09/2017)

Glamour Magazine Features LIFT CEO, Nikki Bell (09/2017) June 28, 2018 In September 2017, Glamour Magazine ran a special report entitled “Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History” that features LIFT’s CEO, Nicole “Nikki” Bell. In it, Nikki shares her history of trauma, addiction, prostitution, and trafficking in Chapter 8: Sex […]

New nonprofit seeks treatment for victims of prostitution, drugs (T&G 4/22/2017)

New nonprofit seeks treatment for victims of prostitution, drugs (T&G 4/22/2017) WORCESTER – 36-year-old Nicole M. Bell looks every inch the professional, hair neatly pulled back, a smart blouse and black skirt over sensible shoes. Ms. Bell indeed has become a leader in the city’s nonprofit realm, founding Living In Freedom Together, or LIFT, a […]

Checked in, pimped out (Worcester Mag)

Thousands of motorists make their way up and down Route 9, the Mass Pike and Interstate 290 everyday, passing by countless hotels and motels, probably without giving a thought to them. To Audra Doody, many of those hotels and motels served as cages where she stayed days at a time, for as long as business was […]