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Who’s a victim of human sex trafficking?

Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who now works as a peer specialist and counselor for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, speaks to female inmates at a meeting of Prostitution Anonymous at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Myers-Powell, who leads the group, says independence should be the goal. Early in the process, it’s good for the public to understand that victims are victims, she says. “But you can’t stay a victim forever,” she says. “At some point, you become a survivor.” (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) by Martha IrvineAP National Writer CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Cops in the Chicago area call it a “track,” a stretch of street known for its steady sex trade. Women in tight, scant clothing stand in high heels on street corners along an industrial strip in suburban Cicero. Customers, usually men, slow their cars and roll down a window.