Michelle, Running Away From Hell - A True Story

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A Story to Be Told

We start writing this story after knowing that Michelle, the real Michelle, is literally "safe and sound."

Michelle is a teen like any other young girl, energetic, ready to smile with you all the way to the end of this article. Technology is right at her own fingertips. She can create some crazy apps for fun.... so here is...

Her Story

Michelle was born on July 25th, 1999. Right before the new millennium. She didn't even know this world was going to be so mean...! Her father separated from her mother when she was not even born.

Michelle had that inner curiosity in meeting him after 14 long years. More of a decade without knowing him but solely by pictures. He emigrated from Colombia to San Jose-Costa Rica in search of new horizons. The time has come when she was eager to know him and catch up on so many things. A truly dad's girl!

She traveled to see him back in 2013. At first all seemed fine. The first weeks were lovely, being in a new environment. However, dad new of life on the streets. He was hard on her, controlling and demanding. She had no choice but comply.

When all was fine in Costa Rica.
When all was fine in Costa Rica. | Source

From Cali - Colombia to Costa Rica

Life began to change. Costa Rica was another country away from her native Cali. Her mom emigrated to Argentina 18 months before. Michelle wanted to have a normal life, meaning being allowed to have a boyfriend and find happiness on her own terms and time. Dad did not allow that boyfriend 'thing'. Michelle began to feel the unfairness of life. Dad enforced harsh rules for his new found daughter. How long was this situation going to last? Did she make the biggest mistake of her life? What was concocting in her mind at that young age?


Missing!

Michelle founds a new home away from predators.
Michelle founds a new home away from predators. | Source
Michelle and her cousin in San Jose.
Michelle and her cousin in San Jose. | Source

Missing...!

The day after Halloween, Michelle went missing... she vanished like a late, Friday 13, night smog. What a first day of the month to celebrate all the saints day. Her mother in Argentina began to look for answers. Dad and family put the ad on FaceBook -- attached the actual post. The manhunt began, police was notified. Was she taken away by human traffickers?

What happened to Michelle? According to her mom and other sources. Michelle had enough of her dad and took off. She went away with a family of a friend's friend. Was she in danger? Yes! This people was going to use her for drugs or maybe prostitution. The signs were evident.

Was her guardian angel on her side? Was she going to be another victim of those south if the birder human traders?

On November 5th, a woman known as 'Monica' contacted her through FaceBook. She gave Michelle enough confidence to answer back. Michelle was able to scape from that place around 3 AM. Angel Monica was already out there waiting.

The mother in Argentina was contacted. Michelle was saved from those underground human traders.

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Here is Michelle with Monica and Monica's daughter.
Here is Michelle with Monica and Monica's daughter. | Source
Michelle's sister worried in Argentina
Michelle's sister worried in Argentina | Source
Monika saying bye to Michelle!
Monika saying bye to Michelle! | Source
Buenos Aires' Eseiza Airport: Michelle is escorted by a hostess from COPA Airlines to meet her mom.  November 18th, 1:24 a.m.
Buenos Aires' Eseiza Airport: Michelle is escorted by a hostess from COPA Airlines to meet her mom. November 18th, 1:24 a.m. | Source
Michelle meets her mom and her sister, after 24 months.
Michelle meets her mom and her sister, after 24 months. | Source

Back to her dad?

Michelle didn't want to see her dad, "ever again," in her own words. Her mother thanked Monica for her action. We did call Monica and have a conversation with her:

"Why did you do it, Monica?"

"Joseph, I have 2 kids of my own and God forbids... nothing like... I wouldn't want to see them go through all this mess! Even though I'm a single mom, I cared!"

Michelle had nightmares and quick to turn into a nervous wreck. What were her options? Monica was kind enough to give her a roof over her shoulder, but she was another single mom down there. Dad was contacted and agreed to let Michelle go see her mother in Buenos Aires.

The plane ticket was more than what her mom could afford. Her dad didn't want to talk about money. There was no cash available for her to travel. Was she trapped in a limbo?

What happened?

After talking to her mother...we decided to make this one happen. We contacted some angels that had the money. We called the ticket agent from COPA airlines, and made her trip a reality. We wanted to save at least one soul. We knew we could help this poor thing.

Michelle was supposed to travel at 6:A.M. November 17th, 2013, but was held back by emigration. The drama was not over. Missing her plane...?

Another miracle happened: authorities gave the green light for the next available flight.

Michelle left Costa Rica on November 17th, 2013. at 11:45 A.M.



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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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A dream that came true!
A dream that came true! | Source

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What If..?

As we write these lines... we cannot forget those kids from all over the planet that didn't make it. Most are still enslaved and even sold for unimaginable purposes. There are so many countries under the stigma. We want them to know that there is still... hope!

As we close this article, we have come out with so many answers. The outfit that she wore when she arrived to Argentina, was given by people that she didn't even remember. Her odyssey was over, but the healing process? How many girls ended their existence, all because they never had a lending hand? We salute you Michelle!

Michelle is happy now... living a new life with her mother.
Michelle is happy now... living a new life with her mother. | Source

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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Three cheers for Monica! This is a wonderful story. How nice to know that people cared enough to help Michelle get home safely. I do hope life goes well for her family and friends. :)

Voted up and sharing.


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago Author

Thanks LongTimeMother! Michelle is actually starting a new life with her mom. Her smile says it all. Stories like this are rarely seen on the news.


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rebthomas 3 years ago from Westerville Ohio

Nice happy uplifting story! Voted thumbs up!


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KoraleeP 3 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

How refreshing, a story with a happy ending :) Thanks for sharing Michelle's story.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Thank God all went so well for Michelle and her guardian angel (Monica) came to her rescue. It is so uplifting and heartwarming to know there can be happy endings. Bless you for your help.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful story..As you say, " She was very fortunate. " many do not make it..Thank's for sharing..


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Joseph,

Thank you for sharing this story with a happy ending thanks to those who cared enough to lend a helping hand. She does have a beautiful smile. I pray a special hedge of protection around her and her family.

Up and more and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago Author

Thanks to everybody: RebThomas, KoraLeeP, TillsonTitan, AlwaysExploring and FaithReaper. I have talked to Michelle: Her story is beyond words. For three nights she was sleeping in a park around San Jose. She would've joined a group of human mulas, just to get fed. The horrors and perils of the hours on the street cannot be compared to any fictional movie. She made it, yeah... but so many anonymous souls were left behind. Even Monica is living a simple life as a single mom back in San Jose. Thanks for your words of concern!

Joseph


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This amazing story happens to too many young girls ... so many end up being lost forever. Thankfully, there are Monica's in this world to help them when they need it the most. Excellent and inspiring hub, Joseph.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Joseph. A wonderful ending thank goodness. Monica was indeed an angel of mercy. The father I presume is free to go on and do as he will, the mother I hope will cherish and love her for ever.

They say the world is a terrible place, this is wrong of course. It is man that makes it so.

Graham.


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago Author

Thanks Genna East;

Unfortunately we cannot save as much as we want, but this is clear example that we can do it!

@Old albion,

Monica used persuasion and the love for the human race represented in her two kids. Thanks for commenting guys!


Ghaelach 3 years ago

We hear of these slave traders almost every day. It doesn't matter what it's called in different parts of the world it's still trading and mostly with women and children.

My wife and myself are so happy that things came out right for Michelle, thanks to Monica. We can also say that the internet has it's good points as well.

Thanks for letting us know about Michelle.

Ghaelach


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago Author

Thanks Ghaelach! Michelle is doing great. She wants to become a singer one day. Slavery is rampant and alive. The demand gets bigger by the day. We feel rewarded knowing that this real story gives so many people some hope.


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Deborah Brooks 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh wow Joseph.. what a story.. I was crying.. and so happy she has been saved.. God bless her and all that participated in bringing this girl home to her family..

'Debbie


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks for commenting Debbie! Glad you stopped by! Michelle is doing great!


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kj force 2 years ago from Florida

Lord De Cross...How sad that society regardless of where in the world, has lost the empathy/ apathy of the human race and life itself. We don't need to worry about Aliens from outer space taking over and destroying our world..We are doing it by ourselves...So glad to hear a Happy Ending to this story...thanks for the share...


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks KJfORCE! You said it so right! We need you as a congresswoman!


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kj force 2 years ago from Florida

Lord De Cross...Oh that would be too lethal...

" Chutzpah + Politics "....

A MATCH made in He-double hockey sticks...

thanks for the approval.


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks for the reply KJ. You mean business!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Many thanks for sharing this story and thank-goodness for an happy ending.


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

You are welcome Nadine May! Michelle is doing great. She is a little taller and full of life. That is the greatest rewarding for any of us! Thanks for commenting!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

This is a heart-rendering story of faith and proof of Earth Angels. It is so good to know that one lost girl, one soul has been saved. Thank you, Joseph, for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story.


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks to you Phyllis Doyle. Michelle is becoming a young woman and the past is behind.


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mollymeadows 2 years ago from The Shire

I'm so glad Michelle's story had a happy ending. As for Monica, well, stars in her crown. Thanks for calling attention to a terrible reality on our world, Joseph!


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Deborah Brooks 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh wow thanks for sharing this on Facebook. Joseph... I thought I and dad this before.... so glad the girl has been saved... great write my friend.. hugs

debbie


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks Mollymeadows and Deborah. This is a 100% true account. We stay in touch with Michelle and her family. Happy to read more fresh comments. Have a happy Easter!


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a frightening story with s beautiful end. Thank you for sharing!


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks Randi. Writing takes a mental load at times, glad it had a happy ending. Thanks for stopping by!

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