Marsha had been in a relationship with Marcus for 16 years. During that time they have had four children. Marcus was verbally, physically, and sexually abusive; and when he wanted extra money, he called friends and forced Marsha into commercial sex. Whenever she tried to leave Marcus, he threatened to post explicit photos of her in their childrens’ schools. He threatened to harm their children and convinced her she had no option but to stay with him.
One evening Marcus, Marsha, and their 16 year-old daughter, who was also forced into prostitution by her father, were pulled over by a patrol officer for a traffic violation. When he asked Marcus for identification, he saw Marcus had Marsha and the 16 year-old girl’s IDs as well. Suspicious, he asked to speak to the women privately. In conversation he realized both women were being forced into prostitution. He referred both women to Ohio Polaris Project where they were assisted with temporary housing, food, and clothing. Marsha was able to relocate out of state with her children.
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