Mancuso kept a close watch on Masha, isolating her socially. "I wasn't usually allowed to go outside or see anybody or walk around in the street," says Masha. "He'd always have to come with me. I just felt like I was trapped."
Masha attended school, but says she was too scared to tell anyone about her situation. Masha's neighbor friends would sometimes come over to play, but sleepovers weren't allowed. For five whole years, Masha says, nobody—not a single social worker—came to check on little Masha.