When Marie was a young teenager, she was forced to flee her home in Brooklyn. One night, she was kidnapped by a pimp and trafficked into prostitution. For nearly 20 years, Marie was prostituted by a series of violent pimps who threatened to kill her and her family if she did not obey their every demand. Marie has become an advocate and leader, striving to educate her community about the raw reality of prostitution.
“Many of the girls on the street are young teenagers. That’s not what they want to do at that age. It’s not something any woman or girl wants to do. You live in hotels and travel from city to city, having no freedom, no cash, and being brutally beaten. They control your mind, your body, and your soul. Pimps teach you not to trust anyone, but you must find at least one person you can trust to get help.”