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. 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.
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.
Leslie was awarded the Michigan 2018 Liberation award, the 2011 Rising Hero award, and was 2008 YWCA advocate of the year. She was nominated for woman of the year in Grand Rapids, MI in 2005 and chosen as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan" in 2014.
Leslie is well respected in the inner city of Grand Rapids from where she is often seen “boldly going where many people are afraid to go.” She might be seen during unconventional hours doing outreach to prostituted women and teenagers who experience her same pain both past and present.