In a world where human trafficking and exploitation continue to plague our society, one advocate has emerged as a beacon of hope and resilience. Meet Simboli, better known as, Monique Smith, an award-winning author, advocate, and powerful storyteller, who has dedicated her life to raising awareness about missing and exploited children.
Monique’s journey began with a painful realization – she was an Unidentified Missing Person and Abducted Child. Having endured years of abuse and trauma, she made the courageous decision to flee the only home she knew. Little did she know that this would mark the beginning of a remarkable transformation.

What is the inspiration behind your advocacy? 

Monique: Everyone deserves to live the life granted them. I’ve used my personal story to fight against those who commit harmful acts against human rights. My inspiration is being a voice for the voiceless.

Do you believe in work- life balance? If so, how do you maintain it? 

Monique: Absolutely I believe in work-balance. As a mother, business owner, author, activist, and philanthropist, like most women with many hats, balance is necessary. Balance is essential to maintaining structure and growth.

What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new entrepreneurs? 

Monique: The work is required and once you tap into your very own resilience the sky is the limit. That’s in both business and for your personal development. The results are often fuel for the continued journey.

What would attract listeners to your story? 

Monique: As the Longest Living Jane Doe, I turn individuals into instant advocates by highlighting “All Missing Children Aren’t Dead”. I was missing for over 50 years and assumed dead. Families must never give up until recovery of any sort happens.

What is your proudest business accomplishment? 

Monique: As a survivor of a child abduction, trafficking, and sexual abuse, becoming a self-published award-winning author and director was an extremely proud accomplishment. My story continues to assist with elevating humanity via hope and resiliency. My story has been featured on major platforms like HBO and CrimeCon.

What are the most pressing challenges faced by survivors of human trafficking, and what steps can society take to better support them? 

Monique: The biggest challenge I personally face and witness often, is that victims are not believed. Even worse is victim shaming. Society must listen, believe, and access resources for survivors without passing any judgement.

How can individuals and communities get involved in the fight against human trafficking, and what resources are available for those who want to make a difference? 

Monique: Individuals and communities can get involved in the fight against human trafficking by learning what human trafficking is then identifying if any resources are in their direct areas. Concerned citizens can donate, volunteer, and or become a victim advocate with local agencies. On a larger scale, become a change agent and lobby for legislation protecting society.

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Monique Smith