re your above post: no sources on any of that coming from me bc there aren't any afaik.)
I've started going back to the beginning on many of the GB4.
So, for Maureen, that brings up the question "What prompted Maureen to travel to Manhattan?"
I can only use secondary sources for this, because, unlike some of the other victims associated with this case, there are no primary sources - no handlers' court records to pull up, no federal court cases against drug/sex trafficking syndicates to track through (at least not when we start here), no depositions to read over.
In order of what i put most faith in, we have what Maureen's family and friends tell us, law enforcement, and media.
And from them, particularly her friends and family, we know a few things.
Maureen was a prolific writer. She wrote lyrics.
Maureen was initially doing outcalls in CT bc she was desperate for money.
At some point Maureen began making trips into Manhattan.
This is a big step for someone who isn't familiar with the city and doesn't seem to have any connections in Manhattan, particularly in sex work.
Eventually Maureen brought her friend Sarah into her Manhattan work situation once she'd somewhat established herself, mostly in the Times Square/midtown area.
Someone in Manhattan, a younger tech guy, would handle Maureen's ads for her, at least for a period of time.
But how did Maureen find herself in Manhattan?
Was she initially looking for sex work?
She didn't have an "Akeem Cruz" to convince her to follow him.
Maureen found Model Mayhem.
Through that site, Maureen began to make connections in Manhattan. Photographers, talent agents etc scour ModMay for "talent". It's not a sex work site.
Maureen posted her profile on it and she got responses.
Sources? All secondary. The words of her friends and family as written in edited books/articles or given in produced podcasts.
But possibly there's something to go on there?
Model Mayhem does not vet the people who use it to look at uploaded profiles of aspiring models, singers, dancers etc.
More times than not if you respond to someone who sees your profile and offers you work, especially at that time, you're going to end up being used by promoters for clubs at best. Or a "talent agent" will contact you to ask to meet for an "audition" in some dirty cramped office. This, in my very humble opinion, is a very important part of Maureen's story - it's who she met through this process that set off a chain of events. And connects to one of the last people who claimed to have heard from Maureen. Again, secondary sources plus my opinion. Therefore not fact.