Yarmouth County Mother Tells Tragic Story Of Her Daughter And Sex Trade

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:27 AM

A Yarmouth County woman says she'll continue to tell the story of what led to her young daughter's tragic death.

Jennifer Holleman wants parents and children, especially young girls to know how easy it is to fall victim to the sex trade.

Holleman's daughter Maddison was a typical young teen who fell into a life of prostitution and was a victim of brutal violence and brain-washing.

She says it began a couple of years before Maddison's death in 2015 when she went missing for three weeks during Christmas.

"As a parent I had to acccept what she was doing, because if I didn't then I would have no contact with her."

The Yarmouth County mother says so-called recruiters target girls living in small rural towns.

Holleman spoke this year at a human-trafficking conference in Yarmouth organized by the Tri-County Women's Centre.

She says her daughter was lured from Yarmouth to Alberta by violent pimps when she was 19.

Holleman says the lifestyle led to Maddison's death and parents and daughters need to know that pimps prey on innocence.

"They tell you how beautiful you are, and they tell you what I can do for you and what I can give you," she says.

"They make it very appealing. I think she fell in love with one of the boys."

Holleman reported her daughter as missing to police but nothing was done.

She says law enforcement needs to change the way investigations into missing teens are conducted.

The 21-year-old was with a man believed to be her john when his car crashed in Edmonton.