Carissa Phelps was riding in the backseat of a white Pinto driven by the pimp who had forced her into childhood prostitution. Another sex trafficker rode shotgun.
That's when she had a realization, the author of "Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets," told the audience at a fundraising luncheon held Sept. 6 in Fairbanks Ranch .
"I was being taken to be murdered," she said, describing the paralyzing hopelessness she felt.
"At the age of 12, I was thinking, this was it," said Phelps, the keynote speaker for the Lynch Foundation for Children's inaugural Circle of Hope Founders' Luncheon.
Miraculously for Phelps, a police patrolman...