Sasha Christian used to be a whore.
Well, technically, that was inaccurate; whores have sex for money, and she didn't recall ever being paid in those days. Truth be told, she had been a sex slave, but she tried not to think of herself that way. Slaves are weak, she told herself, they are broken and worthless and helpless, and I am none of those things. It was her daily affirmation. As long as I keep these words in my heart, I will never be a slave.
But regardless of what she called herself, there was a time when she was not free. She was only a girl when humans made first contact with the Turian Hierarchy. A human ship had crossed through a dormant mass relay, accidentally breaking intergalactic law. The turians over-reacted and attacked. Her homeworld, Shanxi, was invaded, and suffered aerial bombardment. Her parents died in that war.