She called her painting, a vision of a woman fleeing a cage, Freedom. Three months after being rescued from human trafficking, she still felt anything but free.

“I had drawn a woman in a white dress, signifying purity, floating up from a cage. At the bottom of the cage were black-and-white photos of syringes and very unhappy people crying and sad. She was going upwards, headed toward an array of different humans, colorful and smiling and happy.”

The survivor, who requested anonymity to preserve her safety, had joined other survivors for an artists’ workshop in 2019 at the now-closed Psychedelic Robot Immersive Art Experience at the Crescent.

With the help of the artists, she started to paint.

“The coolest part was being able to take my story, take this part of me that had been shut off, the creative part, and turn it back on. When I was in ‘the

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