our founder|leslie king
Leslie F. King is a survivor of human trafficking/sexual exploitation. She was coerced and forced into the lifestyle of prostitution at the tender age of 15 in Grand Rapids, MI, and she became trapped in the underworld of prostitution and drug addiction for over 20 years. On July 4, 2000 Leslie miraculously
found the strength and the courage to get free.
For the past 18 years she has been intense and intentional about working with women and teenage girls who find themselves trapped in the same horrors and loss of purpose which she experienced. In 2005, Leslie utilized her experience, expertise, and inspiring example of a renewed lifestyle to open Sacred Beginnings, which is a safe haven that offers hope, and healing to prostituted women.
Leslie consults with law enforcement agencies, human service professionals, clergy, and others requesting direction and understanding in working with prostituted women, teenagers, and children. she also speaks at various conferences and academic institutions on the issue of human trafficking. awards she has received are the 2008 YWCA advocate of the year and 2011 Rising Hero award.
Leslie was also nominated for woman of the year in Grand Rapids, MI in 2005. Chosen "50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan" in 2014. Leslie was awarded the Michigan 2018 Liberator award. She is well respected in the inner city of Grand Rapids from which she hails where she is often seen “boldly going where many people are afraid to go” during unconventional hours doing outreach to prostituted women and teenagers who experience her pain both past and present