Seven years is a long time to be held against your will.
Former Sex-Trafficking Victim Speaks Out
A brave Massachusetts woman is coming forward to share her story after spending 7 years as a victim of sex trafficking.
According to NY Daily News:
When it comes to sex trafficking, it can happen anywhere and to anyone. That’s the frightening message a Massachusetts mother and former prisoner of America’s sex trade is hoping to get out while sharing her own story of being beaten and intimidated for seven years.
Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca was 18 years old and part of a big working-class family in Revere, Mass., when she says she was targeted by a man whom she thought was her boyfriend.
“He groomed me,” the now 32-year-old recently recalled to SeaCoastOnline. “He bought me fancy clothes and shoes, spent money on me. He drove a Mercedes. I felt very special. He said, ‘You could make a ton of money if you just worked in these massage parlors.'”
It wasn’t before long, however, that manipulation turned into enslavement.
She was beaten, intimidated, and ultimately forced to do things she never would have dreamed of doing.
Her first job — she says she remembers like it was yesterday — was working 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. shifts at a massage parlor in Connecticut, every day.
Today she’s working with at-risk youth and teenage runaways. “When you see my face and you hear my story people are kind of shocked … ‘You look like a regular girl next door,'” she says of people’s reaction to her.
We’re glad she was able to get away. Her story needs to serve as a warning for young women to be careful who they associate with.