CLEVELAND - A Northeast Ohio woman who used to struggle with opioid addiction now fills her days bettering herself by giving back.
Amanda Quimper said she has been clean for the last eight years. While she was hooked on heroin, she said she became an exotic dancer to support her habit, but the exotic dancing quickly turned into sex trafficking.
"Trafficking and heroin addiction go hand-in-hand,” Quimper said. "That took me in a downward spiral. I didn't even know who I was anymore.”
Quimper said she is working to fight the opioid epidemic and to help those stuck in sex trafficking. She has organized marches hoping to rid neighborhoods of opioid abuse, and her organization, Stripped Clean, aims to pull women and teens out of sex trafficking.
"I remember many times helping women that were suicidal, women that were alcoholics or drug addicts,” Quimper said. "I've helped another five girls that are still around."