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As a child, Marie lived on a tree-lined street with her family. She excelled in dance, was accepted to a prestigious arts college and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. She never imagined she'd end up on the streets, selling her body and working for a pimp.

Marie says she met her pimp at a bus stop when she was on her way home from class. The man continuously called her and finally convinced her to meet him at a local bar, where he persuaded her to try prostitution. "He told me that I was a superstar...that it would be easy for me to make a lot of money," she says. Within 24 hours of meeting with the pimp, Marie turned her first trick.

At home, Marie's mother began noticing changes in her daughter, and then, Marie disappeared from home. Her parents didn't know if she was dead or alive.
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FROM: Inside the Lives of Young Prostitutes
Published on May 08, 2006

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