Friends, family hold vigil in remembrance of woman shot and killed by vice officer

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Many people don’t understand what women who sell their bodies are going through, say people who advocate for women who are trafficked.

Saturday night, friends and family gathered at Southwood Elementary to remember Donna Castleberry who was killed during a vice operation last week in Franklinton.

Esther Flores, of 1DivineLine2Health said “A lot of these women end up in jail and they come back to our streets.”

Flores, who works with women who are trafficked, says she sees firsthand how these women are controlled. “I wish I could tell you that the women are just selling themselves but it’s not that.”

She says it’s all linked to drugs. “The dope dealers they know that they can get the women hooked on it.”

Flores says that’s when many of these women begin to be trafficked and sell themselves for money to get drugs, which often places these women in dangerous situations.

“They don’t carry guns but they do carry a knife to protect themselves. Why? Because they’re being raped.”

Flores says 23-year-old Castleberry could have been scared when police said she stabbed Columbus Vice Officer, Andrew Mitchell, in the hand before he shot her several time inside of his unmarked car.

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