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Human Trafficking Survivor Nikki Bell Interview on WGBY

By WGBY May 29, 2018 / Original Link Nikki Bell is a wife, mother, and human trafficking survivor. Human trafficking is an area of concern not only in Western Massachusetts, but across the country. According to the Department… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

On Human Trafficking Awareness Day, advocates network for the future (Worcester Mag)

Jan. 11 may be Human Trafficking Awareness Day, but a group of concerned citizens wants to move beyond awareness and into action. To that end, the Central Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking held a forum at City… Read More

Hometown Heroes: Nicole Bell (Worcester Mag)

There are, according to estimates, 40-plus prostitutes on Worcester’s streets on any given day. Not all at once, of course, but off and on, morning to night. Nicole Bell knows. She was one of them. Now, with the… Read More

Woman working to help Worcester’s prostitutes get off street used to be one of them (Masslive)

WORCESTER – On the corners where she used to sell her body to support her drug habit, Nicole Bell now stands to support the women she used to work alongside and show them there is a way to… Read More

In Her Own Words: Nicole Bell, A survivor’s story (Worcester Sun)

[Editor’s note: Nicole Bell, 35, of Worcester, is a survivor of sexual exploitation. Last Monday, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, she shared her story at a City Hall event sponsored by the Worcester’s City Manager’s Advisory Committee… Read More

In Worcester, advocates give voice to sexually exploited (T&G)

WORCESTER – Nicole Bell is nearly unrecognizable to the people who knew her years ago. Athena Haddon, program director at Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center, said the woman today is striking in her presence, confidence and spirit, miles… Read More

Huge gender divide in prostitution-related arrests (NECIR)

From Worcester to Brockton, Lawrence to New Bedford, police officers last year arrested vastly more women than men for prostitution-related offences, new state police data shows. The steep – and in some towns, growing – gender divide continues… Read More

Despite new anti-trafficking law, effort to shift focus to Johns struggles (NECIR)

When six men were arrested in downtown Boston in the fall of 2012 for allegedly seeking underage prostitutes in a police sting, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley touted the arrests and released the men’s names and… Read More