Action News aired her story on Thursday night and as of Friday, she’s received a flood of phone calls, but not all of them have been positive.
Alisha Grundy was already receiving threats prior to her story airing; she believes her former pimp, Raymond Sharpe, may be responsible for some of the messages she received after his associates contacted her, trying to intimidate her from letting the story air. But she says she was sure she needed to be a voice for working girls to hear.
“Basically, how dare you do that, you’re a snitch, you don’t belong here, you’re making it a domino effect for other girls and basically telling me I need to shut my mouth. That pushed me to want to talk about it more,” Grundy told Action News.
Grundy’s story made a big impact on a lot of people, both working girls and otherwise. She showed us messages she received from parents telling her they would be showing her interview to their daughters to warn them of what can happen. She also got calls from current prostitutes crying and asking for help getting out.
“A lot of them were just so proud of me that I took that chance to speak for myself and for them, and it’s something they can’t do. I want to make sure that everybody knows what’s really going on and make a change. We need to stop it now,” she said.
Grundy says she also received many inquiries from people asking how they can get involved with her foundation for sex trafficked women.
Her nonprofit is still in the licensing stage and should be off the ground in about a week, but in the meantime she asks that donations go to Abundant Life church, which is helping to set up her foundation. Action News will continue to follow developments on this story.
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