- Ima Matul was trapped in domestic slavery in Los Angeles for three years
- After escaping, she established a national survivor's network and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
- She hopes her story will help other trafficking survivors
The CNN Freedom Project amplifies the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, and helps unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.
Los Angeles (CNN)In July, Ima Matul got a standing ovation when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention, broadcast live across the United States. It was a remarkable achievement. Almost 20 years earlier she had been living as a domestic slave, trapped in a house in Los Angeles, where she was threatened, abused and beaten.