April 15, 2014 1:12 pm -

She was lured into becoming a sex worker and spent seven years as a prostitute.

Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca, speaking to SeaCoastOnline, said ‘It’s very real, and it’s happening in your back yard, to girls from all backgrounds, whether middle class or lower class.

‘I’m a white girl from America, and it happened to me.’

Marino-Fiandaca said she was just 18 years old when she was ‘groomed’ into sex work by a supposed ‘boyfriend’ and lured away from her family.

‘He groomed me,’ she told the website. ‘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.”‘…

Soon enough, Marino-Fiandaca found herself working at a Connecticut massage parlor.

‘It was disgusting and exciting at the same time,’ she said, describing her first shift ever to SeaCoastOnline. ‘Here I was 18 and I just made $80 in 20 minutes.’

Marino-Fiandaca was soon trapped, she said, when her ‘boyfriend’ forced her to hand over her earnings after every shift. When she tried to leave, she endured physical and verbal abuse.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.