DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Tony Talbott is a University of Dayton Human Rights Lecturer and Co-Founder of Abolition Ohio, the Miami Valley's human trafficking coalition.
He has spent years fighting to end modern day sex slavery.
Talbott said the case currently unfolding Cleveland could have happened anywhere.
"Your first human reaction is to just be shocked and horrified by what happened," said Talbott. "Intellectually, I know slavery exists".
Talbott said he also knows recovery for sexual abuse victims is difficult, but possible.
"It's going to take a long time, but human beings are very resilient and I have high hopes for their recovery," he added.
A psychologist with Womanline Counseling in Dayton agreed, and told 2 NEWS healing can happen in the Cleveland case.
The psychologist said victims will experience feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment.
Talbott also explained how the victims may have confusing feelings toward their attacker.
"Your whole universe collapses down to it just being them. They become the center and source of everything and in that intense trauma that is going on, they are still the person who every once in a while, touches you or gives you food or gives you water. That's when something called trauma-bonding occurs," said Talbott.
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