Katarina MacLeod is a survivor of exploitation, sexual & physical abuse, drug addiction, kidnapping, and domestic prostitution and trafficking. In 2008, she finally escaped ‘the game’ and now works to raise awareness regarding the truth behind this industry, as well as walk alongside women who, like her, want to start over and realize they cannot do it on their own. Katarina has obtained a diploma in Addictions and Community Service, a certificate in Sexual Violence, and a Level 1 certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers. She is a mother to 4 children and living proof of a life restored.
Her work and advocacy:
Ms. MacLeod has been sharing her story and intimate knowledge of the Canadian sex trade since 2010. She educates to bring awareness around this issue and has assisted various police services and NGOs across Ontario both as a valuable resource and in front line victim care. She continues to work with all types of girls and women who are at risk for trafficking or prostitution, or are attempting to leave the sex trade. Since the striking down of key prostitution laws in Canada, Katarina has been a strong voice in the media and to government against the legalization of prostitution, and continues to advocate for the protection of exploited women. In 2015, Katarina became the face of the survivor-led registered charity Rising Angels Awareness & Restorative Care.
In the fall of 2011, Katarina took both the final step and the first step in her spiritual journey when she embraced the Christian faith and gave control of her life over to God. She believes strongly that there is beauty to be brought out of the ashes of her past life, and consistently seeks God’s direction in her work.
Ms. MacLeod will continue her work of helping women to leave the sex trade and rebuild their lives.
“I know that the Lord will defend the rights of those who are oppressed and the cause
of those who are needy.” Psalm 140:12