The “American Courtesan” project began on September 22, 2011, and it began with a single ad put on the internet to see if there were any other woman out there who would be willing to step out of the shadows and let the world see just who we were. I wanted to know if I was the only one out there who felt silenced, who knew deep down inside that we had to do something if change were ever to occur. I had learned from my crew while filming inside Paddles in NYC that few had ever had access into our world and thus it was easy for the stigma and misunderstanding to occur. My ad was simple and not very detailed. I stated what I wanted to do and asked if anyone else out there was in for the journey. My first response came shortly after I posted, and it read:
“I left a message for you today and my name is Gina and I am on bigdoggie under RI, and on the ladies only forums, I saw your post this morning and I AM YOUR GIRL.”
After that, a letter ensued detailing her life. Gina speaks of being homeless at the age of 18 after leaving a 41 year old, abusive husband who she had been married off to while still underage. Knowing she had no way to support herself, Gina left anyway to find a better life. Her story is the exact story that one would like to hear from a woman in this situation. The perfect fairy tale. She worked in this industry for a time, but she was determined to get out and did just that. She got out and raised a daughter while working for a couple of philanthropic organizations. She specialized in working in group homes with mentally disabled and autistic adults. Her whole life was dedicated to adding to others lives and raising her daughter. Life was good and she was happy.
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