Anneke Lucas, a survivor of child sex trafficking and ritual abuse brings yoga and empowerment programs to prisons, training yoga instructors to work with traumatized populations, and educating the general public about trauma. In 2013 Ms. Lucas started two groups at a Rikers Island jail for female survivors of sex-trafficking. She experienced and witnessed some of the worst atrocities known to humankind, growing up in her home country, Belgium. At the age of six, she was sold into a murderous pedophile network by her family. Five and half years later, she was dramatically rescued and set free.
Her background, the obstacles she overcame, and the insights she received into the nature of the human psyche on her journey to health are an inspiring testament to the resiliency and boundless creative power of the human spirit.
Ms. Lucas graduated from the MFA Screenwriting program at American Film Institute. In 1993 she published a novel in Belgium on the subject of sexual abuse, and wrote many articles about yoga and sexual trauma. She has been working on a memoir about her childhood in the pedophile ring.