Mélanie Carpentier is a survivor of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Having gone through hell, she decided to write and share her story. In February 2013, Béliveau published J’ai été une esclave sexuelle… Se sortir des gangs de rue. Through her determination to break the silence, Melanie has become a role model of survival and success for teenagers and women who have experienced the same type of victimization, being proof positive that one’s past need not define one’s future. She decided to use her visibility to make a difference in the lives of victims, and so she created La Maison de Mélanie.

Having earned of Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the Université de Montréal, Mélanie was a member of the Registry of Criminologists from 2013 to 2015. She continued her studies in order to become a member of the Order of Criminologists and improve her knowledge. Her extensive work experience includes working for the Correctional Service of Canada through federal, provincial, and community halfway houses, as well as working for the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal and the Le Chaînon women’s shelter. Mélanie has shared her knowledge and experience through more than 300 lectures given across Canada.