Cowering inside a fleapit motel room as a gang of sex traffickers cursed in her face, Courtney Baldwin had never felt so worthless or broken.
The teenager tried in vain to block out the voices of the pimps who menaced her with threats. “You’re my bitch now. You’ll never get away.”
“I was treated as property,” she told The Post, recalling the traumatic episode from May 2013. “They wanted control over every aspect of my life.”
Almost nine years later, the pastor’s daughter — raised in a middle-class home in Stockton, Calif. — has overcome the nightmare of her past, when she was routinely “hired out” on the now-defunct Web site Backpage.com.
Shocking stories similar to Baldwin’s are featured in the book “Taking Down