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Elizabeth Frazier grew up in a suburban Salt Lake County neighborhood where she says she played soccer with her friends and appeared to have a regular childhood.

“But I also was sold almost every week, sometimes multiple times a week — sometimes a revolving door — in Utah, in this neighborhood,” Frazier said.

Others in her Sandy community “never would have guessed what I was doing,” Frazier said.

Her parents taught her she was “special” and therefore couldn’t tell others what she was being forced to do, she recalled.

When she got married and moved to California, she said she felt safe to “draw a more firm line in the sand of not going back, and felt a little protection by being further away,” Frazier said.

She shared her story on Saturday at the Human Trafficking Policy and Education Summit at the Malouf Foundation in Logan, where survivors, Utah congressional leaders, and human trafficking experts sought to draw awareness to the issue and discuss potential solutions.

‘It’s not a third-world problem’

Everyone knows someone who has been abused in some way, whether they realize it or not, said Elizabeth Smart, whose kidnapping and nine-month captivity when she was a teenager made national headlines.

She said other survivors often tell her “nobody ever believed me.”

“How you initially respond to someone when they disclose their abuse to you can honestly impact them for the rest of their life. Whether they go on to pursue justice, to pursue professional help, to pursue happiness in their life, to find happiness in their life,” she said.

One of the most common questions Smart says people ask her is “Why didn’t you run?”

“It just made me feel so defensive,” Smart said, but as she got older she realized she wasn’t processing it as a question but as a criticism of how she handled her kidnapping.

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