This Human Trafficking Survivor Broke the World Triathlon Record
The inspiring story of a human trafficking survivor is gaining worldwide attention now with the release of a new documentary following her remarkable feat breaking the world triathlon record in 2014.
Norma Bastidas, 49, covered an incredible 3,762 miles. She began her race in Cancun, Mexico, and ended in Washington, D.C. The entire triathlon took her 64 days to complete.
"That was probably one of the most painful things I’ve ever done," she said in an interview.
Bastidas holds enormous courage and strength as she overcame a harrowing journey. She was born into a poor family in Mexico and was raped by the blind uncle who she had looked after. Bastidas was later tricked into sex slavery after accepting a modeling job in Tokyo in hopes for a better future.
After she arrived, Bastidas said she reached out to authorities, but because she had no passport and was believed to be a prostitute, no one was able to help her. Eventually she was able to escape to Canada where she began a new life.
During the last two miles of the triathlon, fellow human trafficking survivors joined Bastidas.
Norma Bastidas la súper mujer originaria de Sonora, completó el triatlón más grande del mundo. ¡Un orgullo Mexicano! pic.twitter.com/8iydbgaqsc— Meta Sports Mkt (@MetaSportsMKT) July 14, 2014
"By living large, I'm empowering every single victim," she said. "Somebody who was once living in a nightmare is now living out her dreams. Because that's what a world record is — it's a dream."
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