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Survivor Recalls Brutal Beating, Harrowing Escape In ‘Surviving Sex Trafficking'

Angela Williams, who was trafficked for 15 years, recounts the vicious beating by pimp Tyree Wright that prompted her escape in the Amazon Prime documentary "Surviving Sex Trafficking."

By Gina Tron
Angela Williams in Surviving Sex Trafficking

A sex trafficking survivor gives insight into her harrowing experience and escape in a new Amazon Prime documentary.

“Surviving Sex Trafficking,” which began streaming on April 15, features Angela Williams’ story of sex trafficking and abuse.

Her ex and former pimp, Tyree Wright, had trafficked her for three years (although by this point she had been trafficked for 15 years) before she fled Los Angeles in 2017 and made her way to a safe haven in Las Vegas, according to the New York Post. Her escape came after she was beaten and nearly choked to death by Wright.

When Wright, then 36, showed up on the doorstep with flowers, it was just a rouse to get control. He quickly dropped the bouquet and began beating Williams with a night stick, she recalls in the documentary.

“That first hit of the nightstick stung so badly, and he kept hitting me over and over for so long,” Williams, now 38, told The Post.

After a half-an-hour long beating, her skull was fractured, her forearm was broken and she was left with permanent damage to her finger as well as brain trauma that still affects her to this day.

“I remember blacking out while he was beating me on the head with the metal baton,” she recalled. “If I would have taken one more blow I would have died, for sure.”

"I thought I was going to die halfway through,” she told KTNV in 2017.

Wright is now serving a prison 29-year sentence for sex trafficking, second-degree kidnapping and battery related to what he did to Williams.

Williams is one of several survivors included in the documentary directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, who was raped at age 6 by a man hired to paint her family home.

“This was a very freeing and healing process for me,” Shree, 38, told The Post. 

“If I’m still going through so much pain from that,” she said. “Imagine someone that’s getting raped for profit 20, 30 or 40 times a day. How do these sex trafficking survivors heal from that mental and emotional anguish?”

Kendra Geronimo, who became a mixed martial artist, a private investigator and a self defense instructor after surviving sex trafficking, also shares her story in the documentary. 

“Her story is a true testament to overcoming adversity on many levels and will inspire others to do the same,” the website for the documentary states.