COLUMBUS, Ohio — Human trafficking survivors braved the cold and snow Saturday for a survivor’s march on Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse. The group marched on behalf of human trafficking survivor Alexis Martin.
"As a survivor, when I heard about this I didn't even hesitate,” said summer Dickerson, a human trafficking survivor. “I was like, look we have to go up there, and we have to help this young lady."
The group was hoping to send a message to outgoing Governor John Kasich and incoming Governor Mike DeWine.
"I really, really hope that the governor just really takes a re-look at this,” said Dickerson.
Saturday’s marchers are hoping clemency is granted for human trafficking survivor Alexis Martin. Martin was 15 years old when she was charged in connection to the murder of her pimp.
To this day, she remains behind bars, and she’s serving a minimum 21-year-sentence.
"She doesn't deserve this especially after all of the trauma and the torture she went through as being trafficked,” said Dickerson.
Several who came out for the survivor’s march were human trafficking survivors themselves. They know the trauma and pain first hand.
“I know firsthand experience how bad that is. I've been buried alive, I've been pistol-whipped, I've been sold repeatedly and repeatedly,” said Dickerson.
"Nothing was going to stop me from being here,” said human trafficking survivor Leslie King. “I was pimped out in worse weather than this. So, nothing was going to stop me from being here."
The group said they won’t stop fighting, and they hope Martin is granted clemency soon.