One woman’s story of coming of age in sex trade through an after school job in a massage parlor in an archetypical American suburb. The documentary combines interview and archival imagery to tell a story of empowerment. Her journey describes finding identity and family as an underage prostitute and the subsequent wrestling with shame and stereotypes. Now, a mother of two children with a most conventional life, she looks back with humor and pride.
Juliana Piccillo is a filmmaker and writer. Her films have screened in the Tribeca Film Festival, The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Women in the Director’s Chair. Her essay, “Vice”, appeared in the book Ho’s Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys. (18 min.-2002)