The Hobby

Reads: 1484  | Likes: 6  | Shelves: 2  | Comments: 0

More Details
Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

An upper middle class, educated, WASP from a notable Chicago family becomes ensnared in a South Florida sex-trafficking ring when she is unwittingly seduced by a mobster pimp-predator after his
handler profiled and recruited her out of AA, while she is still mentally and physically disabled, fragile and disoriented, and recently released from a treatment center. Through force, fraud and
coercion, using various styles of psychological and emotional manipulation, economic hardship, military tactics, street violence, blackmail and extortion, economic hardship, sophisticated
surveillance technology and stealth, she is held captive in human sex-trafficking enslavement in suburban modern America. After living a powerless life of isolation, oppression and torment for over
six years, she overcomes and survives extreme adversity and becomes an advocate for women who are sexually exploited and abused.

Submitted: May 16, 2017

A A A | A A A

Submitted: May 16, 2017



U.S. Copyright

WGA East registered


The Hobby

by Lizabeth Erica Scot


An upper middle class, educated, WASP from a notable Chicago family becomes ensnared in a South Florida sex-trafficking ring when she is unwittingly seduced by a mobster pimp-predator after his handler profiled and recruited her out of AA, while she is still mentally and physically disabled, fragile and disoriented, and recently released from a treatment center.  Through force, fraud and coercion, using various styles of psychological and emotional manipulation, economic hardship, military tactics, street violence, blackmail and extortion, economic hardship, sophisticated surveillance technology and stealth, she is held captive in human sex-trafficking enslavement in suburban modern America. After living a powerless life of isolation, oppression and torment for over six years, she overcomes and survives extreme adversity and becomes an advocate for women who are sexually exploited and abused.


Act 1


Urban International Dictionary TOP DEFINITION

The Hobby

The patronizing of as many escorts as possible in a given locality.


Kristen McBride is a college educated, midwestern WASP from a notable Chicago family.  Her late grandfather was a renowned federal judge. Her relatives still live in Winnetka, Illinois on Chicago’s posh suburban North Shore where she was raised.  Her mother is very wealthy conservative Republican and has a winter home on the exclusive island of Captiva, Florida. Kristy is age 47 and her mother is over 80.  Kristy’s mother is the primary caregiver for her invalid husband. Kristy is rebuilding the relationships in her estranged family after her problematic relapse. She is isolated and alone.


The large sign in front the treatment center reads “Substance Abuse and Psychological Disorders - Community Mental Health Centre”.  Kristy McBride is being discharged and is having a meeting with the counselor before her final release. Kristy is on crutches, dressed in loose fitting, disheveled, once stylish, worn out clothes.  She is a pale, sick and frail shadow of a fragile, beautiful, mature, woman. The counselor reiterates that she needs long term treatment for alcoholism and narcotic pharmaceutical addiction, pointing out that she had previously attained 12 years clean and sober and that she can do it again, but she will have a difficult time dealing with recovery from a severe relapse.  He suggests that she apply for disability as she is physically and mentally disabled with back injuries and diagnosed PTSD as a survivor of violent sexual assault, and can no longer be dependent on narcotic meds for these conditions. Kristy tells him that she has no medical insurance. Her family is wealthy, but estranged, and she cannot afford any treatment programs. He explains that it will take a long time to comeback and we can’t be sure yet, how much damage has been done.  He points out that even though she is a Northwestern University graduate, she still has difficulty reading and enunciating. He says that when she overdosed and was Baker Acted to this facility, her blood alcohol level was over 460 points. “400 IS DEAD!”, he warns. Her doctor has been notified and she is banned from narcotic medication prescriptions. “And don’t make any major changes or get into a relationship during the first year of recovery. You are not mentally capable of processing thoughts and emotions yet.  Early sobriety requires all of your attention and you can’t afford to be distracted by a new sexual relationship. 13th Stepping is dangerous and exploitative. When people first become sober they are highly vulnerable, and it’s easy for other people to take advantage of them. Steer clear of that Willem guy, your car salesman, drug-dealer friend at the AA Club.” He advises her as he hands her the paperwork for her release from the treatment center and she walks out through the exit doors .


Two months later


Nicholas Lazzaro is a charismatic, gregarious Italian mafioso.  Nick is a high-roller who spends money lavishly. He resides in a swanky, spacious waterfront home on Hutchinson Island, Florida where he moved his family after living in Ft. Lauderdale for many years.  He considers himself a family man and indulges his four children with luxuries. They attend private schools and universities. His sons are enlisted in the military where the mob has infiltrated the ranks to expand operations.  He has numerous acquaintances and a raft of peon wannabees who worship him and his Italian bravado. He is a chameleon who lives a double life with shrewd finesse. He is a lovable rat. Nick is well received on the upper echelons of society while hobnobbing it with criminals in the underworld.  Nick enjoys fine dining formality, decked out in a tuxedo, while he has also been seen sporting a black muscle shirt, cavorting with nefarious characters. He prefers to be inconspicuous, but the clandestine nature of his business is extremely treacherous. His substance abuse tendencies have compromised his health and his moral compass.  He is a connoisseur of marijuana and indulges in fine liquors. He envisions himself as a man of principle from a different era, but he falls short of his own lofty ideals. At age 55, Nick Lazzaro is embroiled in a messy divorce and he does not have the coping skills to deal with his issues. He is a master of avoidance, except when it comes to money.  Nick dominates the escort activity in the area, with  escorts situated in various other Florida cities.  Nick has a fleet of vehicles and his personal select cars are a black Dodge Charger, a black Corvette, a white Corvette, and a souped up classic black Mustang with all the bells and whistles.  There is a U.S. Army decal on his favorite vintage black mustang. He also owns several recreational race cars, and his Hatteras Yacht is docked on Singer Island, near the exclusive Island of Palm Beach.  Nick is an alumni of the University of Florida with a degree in accounting and he is has intellectual skills and the experience that comes with age. Nick Lazzaro is an obsessive-compulsive, crafty, sleuth, controlling and monitoring  the entire area utilizing all manner of manipulation, state of the art technology and U.S.military strategies.


Kristen McBride is standing just outside the AA Club in the charming village of Jupiter, Florida.  The AA symbol is displayed in front of the building where AA members are gathering outside after the meeting.  Kristy McBride has overgone an extraordinary transformation as a diligent, desperately vigilant person in recovery.  She is the picture of health and is well-dressed in stylish, dressy, casual, attire with wedge sandals. Kristy is wearing a knee-length, tight, stretch, skirt and a  trendy, floral-print, open blouse over a tank top. She has golden strawberry blonde hair in a short chic cut. Kristy is approached by an old AA friend Nora, who greets her with a hug and kiss on the cheek.  Nora is a plain looking middle age women who has a graceful spiritual demeanor, which makes her seem quite beautiful. Nora asks Kristy how she is doing and Kristy replies that she is attending two meetings a day.  Nora says: “Meeting makers make it.” and says to her softly in an encouraging tone, “You have been able to bounce back because of all the work you did here before.” Kristy smiles meekly. She receives a phone call, excuses herself, and respectfully walks away from Nora and the the small crowd of people.  The personable voice on the phone introduces himself as Nick, “I was recommended by your friend Willem, who said that you and I should meet, as we have some common interests.” Nick happens to be having a cappuccino at the nearby coffee shop, so they agree to meet and Kristy walks over to the street corner just a few yards away from the AA members gathering outside after the meeting.  Nick pulls up to the corner in a black Dodge Charger muscle-car and slowly rolls down the dark tinted window as he looks inquisitively at Kristy. Nicholas Lazzaro, is dressed to the nines, donning high-end business attire, and sporting an impeccable John Gotti hairstyle, a carefully crafted image. Symbols are especially important to a man who is doing filthy, repulsive stuff on a daily basis but can fool the community with a clean-as-the-driven-snow facade.  Nick Lazzaro picks up Kristy McBride on the street corner adjacent to the AA Club, in plain sight, amidst a throng of people. Nick Lazzaro compliments Christy on her beauty, saying that he hears good things about her from Willem, who is quite impressed with her. Nick claims that he has been looking for someone special like her. He confides that he has several different business ventures and thought she would be asset to his ”company”. He acts like the good samaritan, saying that Willem is concerned that she has no transportation.  Her car was wrecked last week in an accident where she was at fault because she was disoriented, and caused a collision in a roundabout intersection. Nick suggests, “Maybe we could help you get back on your feet.” Kristy confesses that she relapsed after a divorce and is virtually bankrupt. Nick asks Kristy if Willem mentioned what type of businesses they run. Kristy replies: “A car business, and an escort agency?”. She is painfully shy and embarrassed to say the word “escort”. Nick asks Kristy where she lives and suggests that they go somewhere private as he has “a mutually beneficial business proposition” he would like to discuss with her.  The stealthy black charger with snazzy, showy hubcaps is seen entering Kristy’s subdivision, Windemere Apartments. The quant, tropical complex is situated in a respectable middle-class area. Upon entering Kristy’s domain, Nick informs her that he needs assurance of her confidentiality. He is searching Kristy’s physique for an undercover recording device and lustfully tears open her blouse, fondling her breasts over her enticing designer bra. He commands her to expose herself and undress completely to demonstrate that she is not miked. Nick and Kristy are all over each other. There is an intense sexual liaison and she falls deeply, hopelessly in love with him.  Afterwards they are sitting on the sofa and Nick proposes to Kristy that she could make good money as an escort for a quick down payment on a car. He asks her what type of car she is looking for, and says he will be looking out for it, as he is in the car business. He acts as if he genuinely cares about her and this idea the perfect solution. He says that he will provide her with protection for her safety. Nick refers to himself and his handler as “drivers”. He directs Kristy on how she can promote her own internet ads where the client fee for escort service is $200, for which she will pay him $50 for protection. Kristy is hesitant as this seems like to much money to her.  She would like a guarantee that the $50 percentage will be not increase. Nick confirms that the $50 cut is firm. Kristy says she has a part time job and is not sure about how this all works. Nick Lazzaro says in a strong dominant voice: “You must stop doing everything, so that we can protect you.” Kristy McBride doesn’t know what she is getting into. She knows nothing of Nick Lazzaro’s world. She is struggling with her own emotional and mental capabilities as a befuddled, debilitated person in early recovery. Nick asks Kristy if she is excited to work for him. She says yes, thinking that this could be a temporary solution to her transportation problem. He goes into a spiel on loyalty and respect, a key code that he lives by.  He emphasizes the importance of unconditional loyalty which he expects in return, and instructs her on the basics of their business arrangement. She is told by Nick that she must provide 2 burner phones for “us” and one for Nick’s right hand man, Dino, just in case Nick is not available to her. Nick describes Dino as an extension of himself, who represents him, as his “eyes and ears”. Nick portrays himself as an all-knowing God-like power, everywhere at once. He goes on to explain that he conducts himself with the utmost professionalism at all times and expects the same consideration from her. Nick explains that he is very busy, has many business associates, and a family. He makes it a point that he is committed to his children, his top priority, and he will not jeopardize the security of his family.  Kristy is strictly forbidden to speak to him in public or ever approach him in any way. Nick is casually looking at the photos of Kristy’s family on the coffee table and occasionally interjects a complimentary comment throughout the conversation. Kristy believes that Nick wants a relationship with her and simply asks: “Do you have a plan?” He just stares off ahead, looking past her, very relaxed and unassuming, with his large charismatic eyes. In a poetic, persuasive, seductive voice he says: “You will call me, I will call you, and together we will call one another.”  He intentionally accentuates the word together.  The entire encounter is laced with suggestive innuendo and intimate implications.  This is the last time that Kristy McBride will ever be in the same room with Nick Lazzaro.


Act 2


Nick is parked near Kristy McBride’s apartment in a large outdoor sports venue with fields for soccer, baseball, football and tennis.  The hometown Jupiter ballpark is a major attraction for local families’ and children’s sporting events. Nick is parked under a tree, on the far end of a parking lot in front of the field where uniformed children are having soccer practice with a thin crowd of onlookers.  He is engrossed in a routine conference with his handler, Dino. Within the confines of Nick’s car they are outlining the strategic ”protection” schematics for Kristy McBride. Nick tells Dino that he is training Vinny, a select soldier sent in by the New York mob bosses. Nick says he is also trolling the car dealership lots in South Florida, recruiting associates for his covert operation, which he calls 'the company'.  He hand picks the most savvy, unscrupulous, hustler car salesmen, who project a disingenuous Mr. Nice Guy front. His handlers, are shady characters who appear personable with a clean cut image. Inside Nick’s car is a police radio, a pair of compact binoculars set on the dashboard, and a selection of high-tech surveillance devices and toys he keeps on hand in their appropriate places, some are stashed in the trunk. Nick tells Dino that Vinny just signed a lease and is moving into Windemere Apartments.  He says “Now that we had to employ another driver to protect her, tell her we will have to raise the $50 protection cost to $75 to pay for gas.” Nick has also contrived a new plan to impose a fine of $75 upon unprofitable escorts. He then informs Dino that per his instructions, Vinny has planted a GPS device in Kristy’s car, and a mini spy camera with capability to view the interior and exterior sphere of her car. Vinny was able to gain entrance to her apartment while she was at an AA meeting and has planted a mini hidden cam in every room.  Nick says he is learning how to use a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) on YouTube and all laptop activity will be easily monitored. Nick boasts that his own laptop will be routed into the electronic surveillance systems, and that he also found a new phone tapping app. Nick announces that he is expecting a FaceTime call from the New York Boss, Cesare. As Dino hands Nick several envelopes stuffed with money, Nick reminds Dino that “Cesare will not tolerate disloyalty among the ranks. The girls are a company commodity, and a hands off policy is strictly enforced.”  Sexual fraternization is seen as stealing. Dino says “No problem, I don’t need the drama anyway.” Nick orders Dino to “Go cover her, and follow her wherever she goes.” As Dino exits Nick’s car, he sneakily tucks a Beretta semi-automatic pistol into his waistband and walks towards his rental car, parked several feet away.


Under the scrutiny of Nick Lazzaro and his crew, Kristy McBride makes a big splash and many clients converge on her lair.  As a last resort, Kristy McBride buys an old Monte Carlo at a Buy Here Pay Here used car outfit. Nick Lazzaro refers to this this piece of junk as “the beast.”

Nick and company keep close watch and tail Kristy all over town.  She has multiple active phones at once to accommodate her different ad profiles.  She goes about town with mini flip phones stuffed in her 36DD brassiere and various other curious places and in her handbag, while they are constantly ringing off the wall.  Nick Lazzaro frequently calls Kristy on their private phone line, chatting her up, calling her out of AA meetings at his convenience, with merciless, Machiavellian, flirty scenarios.  They regularly rendezvous at different locations, where an envelope stuffed with money is collected by Nick, often in the vicinity of the AA Club parking area.  The AA club is located near shops and restaurants with a gourmet coffee shop in close proximity. Jupiter Coffee Company is comfortably decked out inside with vintage living room furnishings.  Nick Lazzaro frequents this coffee shop and occasionally stands in the doorway watching Kristy McBride mingling with the AA people in front of the club. Nick cruises by in an array of different high-end sports cars to maintain his cover when he meets Kristy to collect the “package”, his profit  from her “dates”, which he terms “deliveries.” One day he instructs her to wait for him outside the coffee shop. As she is standing by, he suddenly appears and briskly walks up to her on a rare personal appearance. She looks into his eyes with anticipation and hands him the envelope. He baits her, saying “Don’t look at my ass while I’m walking away.” as he quickly withdraws and disappears. The next day when Nick drives by the AA club to collect his money, he instructs Kristy to meet him on the same street corner where they first met.  When Nick pulls up in one his prize sports cars, Kristy is unnerved and flustered with him. To keep her in line Nick Lazzaro threatens, “I’ll send Dino back down here.”


Kristy is in a fragile condition, physically, emotionally and intellectually. She does not have the ability to process emotions or intellect.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University, but at this point, she cannot even operate a blackberry. She struggles with electronic devices. Nick Lazzaro prides himself on investigating people to maintain both monetary and psychological superiority and dominance.  He boasts that he knows everything about all the escorts in the area. A large AA meeting called “The Tiki Hut Meeting” assembles on the beach, next to a popular local Tiki Bar. Nick is watching Kristy from afar with his mini binoculars. When Kristy volunteers to do the short reading at the end of the meeting, it is obvious that she still has some cognitive difficulty, but she is has made much progress.  She is happy to be alive and it shows. At the close of the meeting the chairperson asks if there are any anniversaries. Kristy’s friend Evelyn steps up to the podium to speak. Evelyn, is a down to earth and classy mature woman. “We use poker chips to signify that we are gamboling with our lives. I would like to award this 90 day red chip to a dear friend. She has overcome much hardship. Congratulations Kristy, this is for you.”  When Kristy walks up to accept the symbolic poker chip, she receives a warm hug from Evelyn. When the enthusiastic applause subsides, Kristy says with a sincere smile, “Alcoholics Anonymous is the best thing that ever happened to me.” As Kristy is walking away from the the meeting, Nick calls her and says, “If you ever backslide again, “I’ll take you over my knee”. He enjoys toying with her by phone because It absolves him of following through.


Dino informs Kristy that the cost of protection is increased to 50% of everything, including tips.  By this time Kristy is apprehensive that she is in over her head and she fears that she is hemmed in.  Kristy discovers on google, that the standard rate for this type of service is $35. Top agencies who do all the work, pay most expenses, and provide clients typically take 30%-40% of the cut.  Kristy is told by Nick Lazzaro that he sends in his plants, posing as clients, and she will never know who may be one of his informers. Her entire life is under scrutiny.


Nick and Dino conspire and compel Kristy to take a road trip to Fort Lauderdale, 50 miles south.

Kristy is disheartened at the idea of being uprooted from her AA recovery lifeline network .

With free-floating anxiety and sleepness nights, she is extremely disconcerted as Nick Lazzaro is stringing her along with kryptic, quixotic promises.  She is corralled and has no other choice so she packs up her car and heads out for the Hotel California.

The Hotel California is a three star hotel surrounded by trees and lush landscaping.  There are several floors laid-out with exterior corridors. Loaded up with designer luggage and multifarious items, Kristy McBride checks in and pushes a heavily laden, hotel trolley cart across the grounds towards the elevator.  She is not happy about it. The Hotel California is a potpourri of

hoi polloi from a middle-class businessmen, to an array of colorful characters in the underground subculture of “the hobby”.  Many have taken up residence there, and linger about in low-key lawlessness. A global ethnic, mixed-bag, melange of call-girls and pimps together with South Florida’s domestic and international visitors and tourists depict the hotel urbanites. As a steady stream of red blooded All-American pleasure-seeking men of all types and ages come and go, they park their cars and make a beeline for an erotic experience at a prearranged room number.  There is also a band of calculating, computer-geek, identity thieves, equipped with digital devices, holed up in their rooms. Not to mention some other slippery criminal enterprises afoot. Civilian hotel denizens often stand outside in circles, imbibing in daily reefer smoking rituals, and the entire stomping grounds always reeks of connoisseur marijuana fumes.

Unbeknownst to Kristy, Nick Lazzaro is prowling the premises of the Hotel California, like a reptilian jungle predator at the zoo.  He is a skilled, streetwise, veteran, mob hustler. One day, as Kristy exits the elevator, she encounters nonchalant Nick, ambitiously bounding in through the door.  He apparently has an an agenda that does not include her. She feels betrayed and looks at him in chagrin. As the door closes in, he cajoles her and says ”I’m getting some money for us.”  This retort does not sit well with her and she is visibly vexed and perplexed.


South Florida is the wild, wild west of the adult entertainment business.  Kristy is metamorphosing into a high-profile, high-end, popular adult entertainer.  Her mature age seems to be an asset. Many men prefer mature woman. The older woman is a sexual fantasy and a fetish.  She is highly desired and sought-after. She is sweet, sexy and smart. She is passionate, open-minded, and sincere. She is the genuine article.  Clients are calling in from out of state and overseas and some drive long distances to see her. Nick Lazzaro and his handler keep watch on Kristy’s hotel room.  One early evening at the Hotel California, she made arrangements to meet Alex Sanchez, an attractive, clean cut, spruce looking Latino man, early 30s. He arrives at the hotel driving a champagne Millenia. Upon entering the room he immediately seizes control of the situation, claiming to be a law enforcement officer Detective Sanchez.  He is wearing a badge around his neck underneath a sporty jacket. He announces that there is another officer posted outside the room. He is a very aggressive and antagonistic psychopath. Kristy knows that he is an impersonator and that if she asks him to show ID and identify himself as a law enforcement officer, it could be fatal and escalate into a violent situation.  So she cooperates and plays nice. He immediately confiscates her drivers license, her phones, and credit cards and lays it all out on a table. He continues to use threatening intimidation tactics and forces her to hand over any and all hidden money. She surrenders all of her monies in the amount of $2000. This is her life savings. He is gone in a flash and she is left stunned, but relieved that she is not dead or in jail.  She has survived because she kept a level head in the face of terror. She has no phones, no way to contact anyone, no money, no credit cards and no ID. Kristy is seriously shaken and she does not believe that calling the police is even an option. She is moonlighting out of town and does not need that kind of attention. Communications with Nick are cut off and she is stranded and terrified. The LEO imposter has stolen her personal information, so she quickly checks out of the hotel and drives back to Jupiter alone.  Nick Lazzaro is nowhere to be seen. She has a restless night and is eventually able to make contact with Nick after she persuades the cell phone company agent to to provide the call records on her no contract account. Nick is skeptical when she calls him the next day. He is suspicious that she has been arrested and fears being set up. She tells him that she checked out of the hotel and got a cash refund for the prepaid room, and that easily proves that she was not arrested. Nick Lazzaro calls in his cohorts from out of town, as he is always paranoid and still doubtful about Kristy’s explanation.  They study Kristy intensively to confirm that she is not an undercover informant. Nick Lazzaro’s associate, who operates an Orlando escort operation, comes in from central Florida. He is a jovial, blonde, blue-eyed, upper middle class family man in his 50s, who wears a designer suit, and drives a silver Chrysler 300. After fully scoping things out for Nick Lazzaro, he heads back to Orlando. Kristy makes it a point to post internet warnings on the dangerous LEO impersonator, con-artist debacle. There is no registered Law Enforcement Officer named Alex Sanchez in the state of Florida. He is a repeat offender and additional reports of the lunatic perpetrating this scam continue coming in across South Florida escort sites.  It is believed that he is Brazilian, and that this scheme was contrived on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. A news report airs on a local television station when the police are called in, after the rogue imposter assaulted his latest victim.


Back at Windemere Apartments, a quiet complex in Jupiter, Kristy is accepted and well liked by the neighbors and the management who seem to be oblivious to the fact that her apartment unit has been turned into a virtual hotel, with a revolving door for the parade of men that have recently swung by.  She lives next door to a female retired gay school teacher from Australia with a Corgi named Dale. The managers of the complex are an older couple from Eastern Europe. Kristy occasionally stops by the management front office with a complimentary bottle of wine, just to feel things out and smooth things over.  Across the lane lives a drunk retired police officer who drives a motorcycle. Just three doors down, lives Vinny, one of Nick Lazzaro’s henchmen, who is keeping a watchful eye on Kristy. Nick befriend’s the maintenance security attendant in Windemere, and knows him by name. Nick Lazzaro now has free reign of the neighborhood.  


Nick Lazzaro tells Kristy that he is enmeshed in divorce proceedings.  She struggles to assimilate the intense emotions for which she was so unprepared to handle.  She knows that these types of emotions are precarious in early recovery. Just a few months earlier she was bouncing in and out of hospitals and treatment centers.  She was now attending 2-3 AA meetings a day and is working diligently to get herself and her life back on track. Kristy becomes socially, psychologically and emotionally isolated  because of the nature of her circumstances. Her only open means of confidential communication with anyone is thru a psychic phone line called San Francisco Psychics, which is a makeshift hotline to her.  She consults with some insightful, supportive women who are giving her spiritual guidance by phone. Kristy McBride has periodic conversations with Janvier, a spiritual advisor psychic. Kristy consults Janvier with her innermost thoughts on the complicated, ongoing dilemma.


Nick maintains a cover that he works for the escorts, not the reverse.  He provides protection and does nothing more that could ever be construed as collaboration.  In reality he controls everything from behind the scenes with sophisticated precision. Kristy’s introduction to Nick Lazzaro was arranged by his associate Willem, a savvy, high-end car salesman in his 50s, with substance abuse issues.  Kristy met Willem in AA, and when she relapsed he was selling her narcotic pharmaceuticals. He is a drug-dealing car salesman with aspirations of moving up in Nick Lazarro’s operation. Nick Lazzaro’s scouts are profiling vulnerable females in 12 step recovery programs for his escort company.  His lackeys are networking within the AA organization, recruiting prospective escorts. Willem is a brilliant and dysfunctional man who attempts to monopolize Kristy out from under Nick’s influence, for his own benefits. He sees that she is the proverbial “golden goose”, and feels justified in an attempting to take control of her.  He is constantly badgering and bullying her and lures her to his house under the guise of Nick’s business agenda, where she is sexually assaulted by Willem and his black, drug dealer, sidekick, Demetrius. Kristy is totally traumatized by this event. She knows her recovery is in jeopardy, and her only hope is the AA meetings. Nick Lazzaro is seemingly very compassionate about her situation, which continues to deepen her emotional dependence on him during the early recovery period.  He becomes the main person in her life. There are many designing phone conversations with Nick offering superficial supportive words. Nick will not tolerate this disloyalty from Willem. Soon Willem loses all of his credibility. His wife divorces him, he loses his job, there is a news article published highlighting his crimes and indiscretions and his entire life is systematically dismantled by the force of Nick Lazzaro’s wrath. Willem and all of his hidden dirty laundry is exposed.  Nick tells Kristy of Willem’s demise. It is clear that Nick wants her to know that he has given her retribution payback for Willem’s double-dealing treachery, in the way he brutalized her and betrayed Nick Lazzaro’s loyalty code.


Nick has two handlers who have been assigned to watch Kristy.  Vinny now lives in Windemere apartments adjacent to Kristy where Nick has him strategically positioned to monitor her activities. Vinny is not permitted to fraternize with her.  He is frequently seen standing outside with his dog, while casually interacting with neighbors as he keeps tabs on her lifestyle. There are various other gorilla-guerrilla-goombahs patrolling the area with a hidden firearm always on hand.  Whoever is assigned to the protection assignment also pursues the female subject wherever she goes. Nick and his associates keep an open phone line with the escort when the client arrives. If there is any trouble they will break the door down to protect their interests.  They utilize advanced technology to track down any troublemakers. Nick and his crew case the escorts’ incall location with surveillance equipment and binoculars, keeping watch on the clients’ arrival and recording their auto tag numbers. They may use this info for retaliatory investigation of anyone who interferes with their racket.  Kristy’s car has a GPS tracking device and an audio/visual device that monitors both inside and outside the car. When she gets a different car there is another device planted in that car. Her phones are remotely tapped for conversation and text, her apartment has video/audio surveillance strategically placed inside, and outside there are devices planted within the apartment complex property.  Her laptop is being spied on with a remote access trojan (RAT). Nick Lazzaro tracks Kristy and takes pleasure in his power over her by giving her a rundown of her actions and her locations. He knows everything she is saying and doing and he describes it to her frequently. He tracks her location over 150 miles away and outlines her geographical street locations when she visits her mother.

Dino and Kristy are closely working together for several weeks.  Dino tells Kristy that if an escort tries to leave their organization then he and Nick will make sure that she can’t do business in the area.  Kristy sees that Dino is manipulative and devious. In addition to his aggressive sexual harassment, she figures out that he is robbing her of money.  She is forced to report these incidents to Nick, who confronts Dino. Dino comments to Kristy that he doesn’t know who ratted him out, thereby implicating himself in extorting money from the other escorts.  Kristy thought it was in her own best interest to inform Nick of this development. Kristy does not want to be in the middle between Nick and Dino and believes it is a no win situation. Dino lies and tells Nick that Kristy made the sexual advances and attempted to cheat him for money.  He has a questionable track record. Dino is constantly persuading and pressuring Nick to let him get closer to Kristy with the protection detail. Dino wants to deal with Kristy directly, so that he can move in on her, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him. He is constantly trying to shake her down for sex and money.  Nick tells Kristy that his mob superiors don’t tolerate stealing and a thief would be dealt with accordingly, insinuating that it would be fatal. Dino is scheming a strategy to move into Windemere Apartments, but Nick puts the kibosh on that plan. Vinny is already positioned there and it would not be expedient. Dino moves to another apartment nearby.  Kristy recognizes that without Nick’s protection she would be an easy target for Dino and Vinny. She realizes that she needs protection from Nick’s collaborators.


When Kristy is new and inexperienced she has a frightening experience when confronted by armed gang members at her apartment. A young, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, cute, baby faced, 23 year old, preppie type guy drives down to Jupiter from the north. After parking his white van in front of her apartment, he enters and says that he has a friend in the van.  Kristy is suspicious and decides to back out gracefully. As she opens the door, a Latino gang hooligan, wearing a red hoodie with gang colors, suddenly attacks her. He is armed with a gun and as they both jump her, forcing her back inside.  He holds the gun so close to her face that she can see the metal scratches around the barrel. A struggle ensues at the front door and her frantic screaming drives them off. Nick Lazzaro and his henchmen track them down and proceed to wreak havoc with Latino Gangland.  Nick Lazzaro is a master predator, king of the jungle, who hunts his prey for sport. He boasts of his heroics to Kristy McBride, saying that he and his protection crew went to great lengths to intercept the gang from coming after her.


At one point during the first year Kristy’s car is repossessed and she is without transportation.  She is prevented from asking any male person for help because of Nick Lazzaro’s overbearing jealous and controlling attitude.  He does not offer her any type of assistance while she is riding a bicycle and walking long distances alone. Nick Lazzaro comes up, following along behind her in his car.  Kristy is riding a bicycle along the highway near her apartment, carrying a small backpack. He promptly calls her phone to test her out. She pulls the handset out from her brassiere and answers the phone while riding along the busy street.  Nick instructs her to turn down a side street, where she proceeds, like an automaton following his instructions, and hands over another cash envelope. One day a female AA friend saw Kristy walking and gave her a ride to her destination. Kristy buys a new used car a few weeks later.  She drives her Blue Convertible Mitsubishi Spyder on scenic drives along Jupiter Island as an escape from reality.


Kristy McBride finds herself ill-equipped to deal with the psychological repercussions of her predicament.  She struggles with anxiety and attends many AA meetings. Nick Lazzaro makes it known that he has an AA mole keeping tabs on her.  Kristy is cautious and maintains a low profile in the meetings. Consequently, she is prevented from participating. Kristy becomes ostracized in AA because an unknown culprit outs her.  A dossier containing information revealing her double life as an escort is deliberately handed over to Jack Penrod, a corrupt AA senior citizen who makes it his mission to expose her. Jack Penrod previously supplied her with narcotic meds during her relapse.  She overdosed at his house and was Baker Acted from the hospital. He is insanely obsessed with her and wherever she goes in AA she hears about his latest antics and delusional rants concerning her. He is a predator who stands conspicuously outside the AA Club with narcotics, attempting to proposition newbie women with pharmaceutical meds in exchange for sex. A small contingency of outraged AA women converge on the police department to obtain a group restraining order. Kristy’s remarried ex-husband Michael, who has been married five times, tells AA people that Jack Penrod has tortured several of his ex-wives and refers to him as “Dennis the menace with a hard-on.” Kristy has no solid recovery program because of this psychopath at large and attends meetings at a secluded church on the other side of town.  She has no AA friends, no sponsor and has difficulty attending meetings because of the injuries and afflictions she has sustained. She does not know who outed her to Jack Penrod, but Willem is a prime suspect. They are both dangerous, destructive AA predators who show no respect for women or human life. Kristy’s reputation is ruined in this town.


Nick Lazzaro’s accomplices are profiling vulnerable females in 12 step recovery programs for his escort company.  He has associates within the organization recruiting prospective escorts in the AA meetings. He later requests that Kristy do the same.  She declines on the pretext that the new AA women are unstable and unreliable and would be disloyal to Nick. She is purposely protecting them from danger.  


Nick Lazzaro meets Kristy in a shopping center and parks beside her, as per the usual standard operating procedure.  They converse after he collects his money, and he informs her that he is flying to Costa Rica for one night. He says that he has done it before with his friend Mario, who owns the jet.  Kristy replies, “Who would go to Costa Rica for just one night?”

When Nick returns from Costa Rica, Kristy McBride meets him two days later with a cash envelope.  He is driving the black mustang hot-rod with dark tinted windows. The dashboard in his car appears dusted with a light film of white cocaine-like powder.  Nick hands Kristy a small cellophane packet. He says he he is a connoisseur of fine green teas and he has this special sample for her to try. Kristy sees the cluster of deep green cannabis buds and says, “It looks like marijuana.”  Nick Lazzaro pertly replies, “You know I don’t take drugs.”. He is always shifty, and never tells the whole truth about anything. If Kristy crosses any boundary he says, “Are you setting me up?” or “Are you writing a book?” Kristy views all drugs and alcohol as toxic life-endangering substances.  Relapse could be fatal. She drives a safe distance away, and tosses the weed out the window. Kristy ascertains that he will stop at nothing to manipulate her to his advantage. This ruthlessness is paradoxical to her and she yearns to be free of his control.


Nick seizes an opportune opening to mingle with law-enforcement officials.  Posing as the Good Samaritan, Nick joins citizens and law-enforcement in the search for the dismembered remains of a local slain nurse in the forest preserve west of Jupiter, Florida.  The time and place of the scheduled hunt is publicly displayed by flashing outdoor, electronic, roadside neon signs all over the town of Jupiter, a picturesque, tropical, paradise, hideaway village.


Kristy and Nick communicate primarily via phone.  Nick’s cash drop off rendezvous usually entail a brief repartee, lasting no more than 10-15 minutes.  As time goes on, there is much wireless intercommunication. They exchange several business calls a day and maybe a routine personal conversation where Nick feigns concern for Kristy’s issues.  Nick’s motive is to keep her contained, and he is always in touch with her by phone, he is rarely indisposed. Nick Lazzaro has coined a nickname, and frequently calls her “kid’ or “sweetheart”.  Nick has a Jekyl and Hyde personality. He can be dynamic, hearty, and compassionate. He may pick up the phone with a droll facade as “Joe’s Bar” or “This is agent Morgan.” He races his cars on the I-95 freeway.  He stops to help victims of a car crash and he gives money to a homeless man with a sick dog. Nick Lazzaro leads a double life as a principled, well-bred family man or a two-faced, smooth talking, ruffian. In his money-grubbing moods he gruffly remarks to Kristy, “You know the drill”, “Rock and roll” and “Kapish?!”  When he is feeling really surly, he sits in his car snarling about the money. Kristy has been on the phone with Nick amid his perpetual berserk, bizarre, lifestyle scenarios. One phone incident occurs when Nick declares, in a dramatic, hushed voice, “I’m in a shootout”. With the sound of gunfire resounding nearby, he has taken cover, and is not at all rattled by the felonious status quo.  On another occasion he is at the opera, wearing an Armani suit. Nick's father was a major power player in the New York Mafia, so Nick is riding high on his late father's coat-tails, while doing as little as possible, quite successfully, as the big fish in a small pond. Nick is actually a lazy individual who has perfected the art of procrastination. He catches catnaps in his protection car, preferably parked under a shady tree along scenic secluded waterways .


Two years later


Kristen McBride is now an elite, VIP, avant-garde, South Florida escort, caught up the escort underworld.  She has materialized into a world class escort known as Colby St. Claire. Kristy is a beautiful, intelligent, mature woman who has believed in Nick and shown complete obligatory loyalty.  She is entangled in a web of deceit and everything in her life has been compromised in the extreme. She is on her way back to restoration, but it is a process. Nick Lazzaro is leading her to believe that he wants a life with her.  He is constantly building her hopes up, playing evasive games, and pushing her buttons. She is subjected to a brutal emotional roller coaster for days, weeks, months and into years. Her recovery progress is handicapped and she cannot focus on her objectives or make clear decisions.  Nick makes numerous far-flung false promises laced with flirtatious sexual innuendo. He never follows through on anything short term or long term unless it is business related. He never has an honest straight- forward personal conversation. He uses Kristy to get through his own problems with no concern for the obvious extreme adversity this causes her.  Kristy McBride displays classic symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome. Kristy is bright and maintains a good rapport with Nick Lazzaro. He genuinely likes her, in his own way. She is the most professional and successful call-girl that he has ever been associated with. He has revealed more of himself than his usual covert style. Nick is an old school Italian and always holds his cards close to the vest.  He is always tight-lipped.


Nick Lazzaro’s ex-wife Donna and her sister are bigshot nurses at a world class medical facility with locations in metropolitan Florida cities.  Donna has issues with substance abuse and juggles pharmaceutical meds and alcohol to disguise her habit. She puts on quite a facade but she is emotionally superficial.  She and Nick argue about money incessantly. She plays every game in the book and exhausts Nick and his resources to the best of her ability. She is extremely controlling and manipulative and has no intention of giving Nick a divorce.  Nick is running in circles with her games for years. He is determined to handle all the legal work himself. At one point for many months, he is repeatedly filing the same paperwork at the courthouse, and continuously informs Kristy of this ongoing situation.  He wears a large gold wedding ring on his index finger as he strings Kristy along for years, while playing useless games with his wife. Nick and Donna are separated and he goes back to her, while Kristy is blindly and aimlessly waiting for him. He is not proactive with his divorce.


Much of what little money Kristy has left has gone to the San Francisco Psychics in a desperate attempt to cope with her situation.  She has occasional conversations with Janvier, her spiritual advisor. Kristy is now astutely aware that she is under electronic surveillance and purposefully walks a safe distance away from her apartment and her car, while speaking by phone to Janvier.  Kristy believes she is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and confides in Janvier, outlining the specifics. Kristy is highly intelligent and has a clear understanding of the symptoms. At one point, Kristy tells Janvier that she was brainwashed. She says “It’s not hard to brainwash a person who had no brain to begin with.”  Kristy McBride is a survivor of violent sexual assault in her past. In addition to being an educated woman, she has practiced several religions in her life including Mormonism, Hinduism and non-denominational Christianity. She is not religious, but she appreciates the spiritual aspects. Kristy is a Spirit-filled Christian who has, in the past, frequented select churches and revivals in the area.  Kristy McBride married her ex-husband because she did not believe in premarital sex. She does not have the mindset or the mental make-up for the sex business. It is not something she would have ever pursued, if not for being coerced.


Kristy continues to portray the illusory image of Colby St. Claire.  She travels to visit Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa and is always at the top of the game.  She stays in airport hotels and four star waterfront hotels. Kristy meets diverse upscale gentlemen from every country in the world, local and national celebrities, and many affluent businessmen, entrepreneurs, retirees and gentlemen of all ages from 18-90.  Kristy is frequently asked why she is not married. She receives marriage proposals from Tony Milano, a nightclub owner, but she is wary of his reputation as a player. She has been able to save only about $3000. She must pay 50% of everything to Nick Lazzaro for protection.  She is also required to pay all of the expenses and do all the work herself. Advertising alone is sometimes $100 per day or more and electronic equipment, phones, cameras, photographers, computer and internet services, lingerie, supplies and various expenses have eaten up a large part of the proceeds.  The client rate for time varies from $100 per 15 minutes, $150 per half hour, $200 per 45 minutes or $250 per hour. She sees between 2-6 clients per day and has seen as many as 10-12 clients in a day. Kristy is listed on top escort sites worldwide and in South Florida. is the top internet platform for adult entertainment advertisement and it takes much of her money., a politically controversial website, makes over a 140 Mil per year in adult advertising in the U.S. After two years of advertising expenses from Backlist alone, Kristy has accumulated over 700 used Visa Gift Cards, each one at approximately $100 per day. The plastic conglomeration of jumbled, sticky gift cards is large enough to fill a small suitcase, which is eighty-sixed into the Intracoastal Waterway, per Nick Lazzaro’s instructions.  South Florida is the mecca for the adult entertainment industry, a virtual sexual playground subculture. An escort is also known as an entertainer, companion, model or provider. Both Nick and Kristy have a high turnover of burner phones. Every escort must provide Nick with new disposable phone replacements every month, plus one for herself and one of his handlers also. The handsets are discreetly disposed of in deep sea water and thrown off bridges and docks.  Kristy is constantly barraged with sexually explicit incriminating text and frequently changes numbers.


Kristy is instructed by Nick to rendezvous at the neighborhood supermarket center to drop off the "package".  While they are parked side by side, there is always brief conversation, and Nick tells Kristy about the big mob powwow in Chicago.  Kristy has been told of these meetings before and hears tidbits of inconsequential information along the way. All the mobsters are driving the big black luxury Yukon SUVs, and when Nick returns home, as a sign of a prestigious status symbol, he buys one for himself to add to his fleet.  Nick Lazzaro is the designated bookkeeper at the big mob conclave. He is visibly nervous and agitated before the Mafia convention where all the underworld heavy weights come in from out of state. He tells Kristy McBride that some previous attendees at the big mob meeting were unceremoniously carried off the premises, wrapped up tidy and tight in saran wrap.  Melodramatic Nick apprises Kristy that his mafioso comrades know the enshrouded whereabouts of the infamous Jimmy Hoffa. Nick tells Kristy that he is expecting a call from Cesare, one of the New York bosses. He intimates to Kristy that his superiors reprimanded him for not wearing a white dress shirt, according to the standard of true old school mob tradition.  As he stealthily closes up his dark, tinted power windows, Nick Lazzaro drives off and submerges himself into the dark shadowy depths, like a methodical, predatory shark. He is immersed in a bombastic confab with the New York bosses in New York City via FaceTime.


Later that day Kristy McBride aka Colby St.Claire, awaits an interlude with a self-proclaimed friend of President Donald Trump.  Richard is an eccentric, wealthy man in his mid-sixties who is perpetually talking on and on about himself, and boasts of having been to every country in the world.  He is enroute to visit Kristy driving an obscenely large, European convertible luxury car. He is already quite late and stops at McDonalds for a bite to eat, where he spends 45 minutes, totally oblivious to the time.  Kristy is aghast at his self-absorbed, inconsiderate behavior and has to refrain from hanging up the phone on him. She decides to give him a chance and when he finally arrives, he comes sailing into the modest middle-class apartment complex, driving a convertible sedan befitting a presidential parade.  He himself looks rather garish, like he just stepped off a world class British golf course, wearing quirky golf garb attire. Kristy views this side-show fiasco as somewhat ludicrous and is concerned that he has made quite a spectacle of himself. Kristy finds Richard difficult to deal with because he wants everything his way, even if it is wrong.  He talks about Donald Trump scenarios with far to much indiscreet, detailed information. Richard spends much of his time on the phone speaking French to a lady named Jacqueline, his personal gourmet cook. Kristy endeavors to satisfy his desires, but he is a distracted man. She is just relieved when he departs for Mar-a-Lago, and would prefer not to ever see him again.


Most of the interaction between Nick and Christy is via phone conversation or brief exchanges when he collects the money.  Kristy meets Nick in public shopping areas or deserted side streets in drive by, drop off the money scenarios. After two years Nick’s promises become more detailed.  By this time Kristy is becoming disheartened, she has always had difficulty wrapping her mind around the circumstances of her predicament. She actually sees the futility and the absurdity of his words but she is in to deep and she feels trapped and confused.  Nick Lazzaro collects the money and habitually calls Kristy back, informing her that she does not have the right amount of money in the envelope. He maintains that there are some “deliveries” unaccounted for, and insists that she reimburse him. Kristy always counts the money several times over, but she is manipulated and doubts herself.


The more time goes by, the more Kristy’s McBride’s life is compromised on every level.  During a two year period, she is admitted to the E.R over 30 times for UTI from excessive sexual intercourse, high blood pressure, anxiety issues, and more.  Kristy is so distressed that she sometimes stops in at the local firehouse to get her vital signs checked. On one occasion her vital signs are so elevated that the EMTs rush her to the hospital.  One of the paramedics drives her convertible sports car to the hospital, following along behind the ambulance. There are several medical emergencies where she calls 911 and EMS arrives at her apartment and transports her to the E.R.  Each time she is completely alone and calls a cab to get home from the hospital. Nick does nothing to help her, just passing shallow concern. She is once near death, and hospitalized for a week .Kristy arrives at the hospital by ambulance and her fever is 105, so the E.R. staff run extensive tests. A severe respiratory infection becomes so serious that she has a Tachycardia attack and is rushed to the Intensive Care Unit.  The medical staff is surprised and pleased that she survives. Kristy has severe disc/back injuries, exacerbated by the frequent poundings she is sometimes subjected to during wild sex. She frequently goes to the mall for traditional Chinese chair massage to cope with the debilitating pain. Kristy is caught in the monotony of what has become Nick Lazzaro’s trap.  She is injured again by an incompetent chiropractor and virtually bedridden and disabled for six weeks, but is forced to continue to see clients. All of her options have been taken from her and she has no other choice. She is just trying to survive and she is living like a trapped animal. During the Christmas holidays she broke her foot and was again compelled to see the clients.  She removes the boot/cast for the clients, replacing it with a five inch stiletto. The clients are unaware of what was going on behind the scenes. She is humiliated and hides it well.


Nick Lazzaro tells Kristy of the vans and minivans that he is smuggling into Russia by ship.  He boasts about the technical details of the advanced spy devices he has planted on each vehicle to prevent piracy.  Nick Lazzaro is connected to the Russian Mafia. Kristy is clever and tries to avert some of his spy technology. She has a secret phone and changes the number every few days. YouTube supplies Nick Lazzaro with any tech information and instructions that he and his associates don’t already possess.  Nick Lazzaro has a tactical and methodical ploy of keeping Kristy apprised with the local underworld agenda. To keep her constrained, he dishes out select specifics of the calamity that befalls local escorts who intrude on his territory. “You don’t know how much protection you have…” Nick declares, with theatrical pretense, while collecting the cash envelope as usual.  When new escorts come into town he promptly "shuts them down".with numerous harassing phone calls while posing as law enforcement, local officials, or a badass, slick, New York thug. He sometimes notifies certain local bureaucracies and reports the escorts infringing on his territory for different offenses, according to the specifics of the situation. He knows who they all are, including their personal information.  He is running a game to eliminate their ability to do business on his turf. He outs them to their families, business associates or worse. Nick Lazzaro owns all the money in the area. He will destroy anyone in who gets in his way, and they will never know the real cause of their misfortune. He exposes 39 year old Serena Valentine, a top south Florida escort, when she relocates into the area with intentions of living near her mother.  Nick Lazzaro downloads her escort ad profile photos off the internet, and a large envelope containing this information is delivered to her mother. This causes a rift in her family and financial loss in addition to being forced to leave the area. MacKenzie, BBW age 33, attempts to sever the ties with Nick’s “company”. Her Sugar Daddy landlord, who gives her a rent free apartment in lieu of sexual favors, is confronted by his wife when escort ad photos of MacKenzie are directly delivered to her.  MacKenzie is sabotaged and outed, causing her loss of financial security and a place to live. Nick spends his time every day calling escorts, making fake appointments combined with other creative harassment methods, whatever suits his disingenuous agenda. On some occasions he may confront them face to face at their location. His fellow Mob associates take a more basic approach as they will converge on the intruding escorts' home and destroy it, exercising combative brute force with baseball bats.  Nick's Mob affiliates determined that Landyn, a 28 year old high-profile, South Florida escort, was impinging on their territory. They conspire to kidnap her bisexual/husband/business partner and hold him against his will, ruthlessly terrorizing him overnight before releasing him the next day. He and Landyn immediately vacate the South Florida area for several months. Nashville, another popular escort, is sabotaged and outed by Nick Lazzaro at a prominent Ft. Lauderdale hotel. Incriminating photos of her are delivered to the hotel management who proceeds to ban her from the entire hotel chain, blacklists her real name, and red-flaggs her to law enforcement.  In the case of the escort Sonia and company, Nick's relentless harassment strategies serve him well when she is arrested at her incall location due to all the people who have been alerted by his tactics. This is not standard operating procedure for law enforcement, as they usually set up stings at their own location. Sonia and friends are relocating from another area and move in just down the road from Kristy. They take up residence in a one room dingy, dilapidated shack, repainted in a slipshod style. They neglect to paint the sides of the building or remove the tall weeds blowing in the wind. These escorts have the most unsavory reputation in South Florida as they practice rampant, random unprotected sex for $60.  They are sickly addicts and desperate for their drugs. Kristy drives by their location on her way to the supermarket and is amazed to see luxury cars of all types parked in front of the shabby shack. Kristy recognizes a certain car owned by one of her clients, a reputable Interstate Hospital Administrator. She blacklists him online as a high-risk, unsafe hobbyist. Some upscale professional men seem to find this scenario sexually appealing as they “think with the little head instead of the big head”. Bareback sexual intercourse is frowned upon but still prevalent. Nick continues to harass escorts in the area calling them from different numbers with his police radio strategically blaring in the background. Nick’s vehicles are always equipped with a police radio as he systematically keeps himself updated on local law enforcement activities.


Six years later


Seasons pass and Kristy has been alone and isolated through six consecutive Christmas Holidays.  Kristy’s life is severely compromised in every area. She has been in a state of perpetual stress since early recovery with the physical, emotional and psychological extremes of her circumstances, while Nick Lazzaro has strung her along for years with no way out.  She fears being outed by Nick Lazzaro to her family, or any other potentially harmful entity. Kristy cannot risk losing her apartment as other escorts have, when they were outed by Nick. She has limited resources and finances. There is a housing crises in the area and she has a derogatory credit report after a divorce.  There are no options, and no place to go. She is stuck in this economic hardship conundrum with Nick Lazzaro. Despite these obstacles Kristy maintains her recovery and is clean and sober over 6 years. She has no no recovery program or support network, no privacy, no freedom, no free will. no life, no relationships, and no choices  because of the life she has become ensnared in. Her life and her options have been taken from her and she has been displaced from her own life and old AA friends of many years. Nick Lazzaro has Kristy under complex electronic surveillance and repeatedly gloats, with behind the scenes descriptions of how she is being observed. She dreams of relocating to a new city on the west coast of Florida near her mother’s island home.  Her mother is old school and Kristy’s plight would be seen as a shameful disgrace, so another avenue is closed to her and she has no options. Kristy discusses her predicament with Janvier.


After several years it is clear that Nick is still not divorced and he has become lackadaisical.  She is dismayed and shocked that he had led her on this way. Kristy McBride has been used and abused by Nick Lazzaro.  He has lied and taken everything from her and given nothing back. She has been disillusioned with him for a long time and entangled in his game.  Nick Lazzaro gives Donna many chances to come to an agreement but neither of them will compromise with the money. Nick Lazzaro is pushed to far. He has Donna investigated and uncovers some incriminating, information buried in her past.  Nick Lazzaro’s extortionist, mob superiors come in from New York to have a face to face conversation with Donna. She is told to agree with Nick’s terms or be exposed, discredited and prosecuted. She is led to believe that her uncooperative stance with the divorce is interfering with the Mafia business agenda.  After years of fencing with his wife, Nick Lazzaro succeeds in finalizing his divorce. He greedily gets everything he wants and boasts about it. In coerced concession, and totally out of character, Donna simply says “Maybe we can be friends someday.”


Act 3


It is hurricane season in Florida and Nick assures Kristy that in the event of a hurricane he will supply her with a generator and ensures that her windows will be secured with shutters.  Hurricane Irma is on the horizon, and a state of emergency is declared. There are no hotel vacancies anywhere in the state of Florida. There is a mad rush, mass exodus and it is complete mayhem on the gridlocked roads heading north, with the largest evacuation in history.  Nick Lazzaro does absolutely nothing. Kristy is making alternate last minute arrangements to no avail. Kristy is deserted by Nick who is evacuating the area. She is left alone in the path of the looming storm and is unprepared in a dangerous category 5 hurricane. The Florida governor makes repeated emergency televised PSAs stating that, “Irma is a killer hurricane and wherever it strikes will be uninhabitable.”  The projected path forecast is a 5-7 feet storm surge and Kristy McBride is in her apartment, stockpiling her possessions up off the floor. She is seen putting masking tape over her windows to prevent broken glass shatter. She has a food and water surplus and parks her car in front of the window as a safety measure. Kristy McBride is hunkered down for the storm. It becomes so perilous, that she urgently abandons her apartment, and drives to a shelter at night, with wind blown scattered debris, loose wires and dangling stoplights in a total blackout.  The entire state of Florida is engulfed in a massive hurricane. The devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma is a primitive scenario with widespread power outages, Kristy McBride is roughing it out in the sweltering, humid heat with candles, flashlights, and a battery powered lantern, as Nick Lazzaro returns and takes up residence at a local upscale hotel, equipped with a back-up generator. It's business as usual and the hurricane disaster zone does not deter the hobbyists. Kristy struggles to survive in crude, barbaric circumstances, while Nick Lazzaro luxuriates in a plush hotel, paid for by her never-ending untold toil.  When Kristy later mentions these devoid promises to Nick, he accuses her of putting words in his mouth. With self-righteous indignation Nick barks, “Are you calling me a liar?!” Kristy wants to find a way out and she must be smart and not make emotional decisions. Kristy knows the situation could be ruinous. She has seen what has happened to the others who crossed Nick Lazzaro, or got in his way.


Kristy McBride is taking steps to pack up her apartment and somehow move far away from Nick Lazzaro.  She stops at a moving and storage facility to obtain some boxes, and is stalked by Nick who questions her.apprehensively.  She explains that she is simply putting some excess items in storage. He blusters, “Is that where you’re going to hide MY MONEY?!”


Kristy has received many marriage proposals from Tony Milano age 60, owner of a prominent, world class, South Florida gentlemen’s club with locations in New York and Las Vegas.  He is a kingpin in adult entertainment, a professional bachelor who has never been married. Tony says that he has always lived for himself and he wants something different now. He has been calling Kristy consistently for two years on holidays with talk of love and marriage.  He is an affluent man and and attempts to entice her with his wealth. She has had more than enough of Nick’s runaround and wants to move on. Kristy in genuinely interested in Tony Milano and decides to trust him and confides her complicated situation with Nick Lazzaro. Tony refers to Nick as a pimp. Tony lives in Ft. Lauderdale and Kristy makes secret plans to break away from Nick.  She books reservations in a four star hotel, where she plans to continue working independently. She knows she must relocate to a new city in order to sever ties with Nick. Tony calls Kristy twice a day with promises, plans and expressions of affection. Kristy is not interested in taking Tony’s money, especially under false pretenses. She has no expectations. As soon as she arrives, Tony is anxious to see her again.  After a brief sexual encounter, he has erectile dysfunction issues and quickly extricates himself from entanglement and backs out, deciding that he does not really want an intimate relationship. Tony swiftly departs for Cape Cod the next day. He has shown his true colors. Kristy is not bothered by this turn of events, and relishes in the taste of freedom from Nick. Meanwhile, Nick Lazzaro’s scouts uncover her plan, and Nick tracks her down.  He questions her loyalty and she is compelled to explain herself by giving a family obligations alibi. Nick is a skilled interrogator and they had a long talk about her feelings for him. In her own defense strategy, she tactfully tells him that he is disloyal. Nick Lazzaro turns on the charm with more false bravado. She is intimidated and fearful, so she succumbs to his persuasions and retreats back to Jupiter with him. She knows she will never be able to trust Nick Lazzaro and does not believe in him anymore.  Nothing ever changes.


A single engine Cessna is parked on a private, somewhat primitive landing strip in Costa Rica with bamboo torches set out for lighting.  Mario Moretti and and his accomplice, Nick Lazzaro are getting situated in Mario’s plane while an armed drug runner closes the bay doors and jumps onboard after loading the contraband.  Mario comments that there are dozens of unrestricted airfields in Costa Rica. Mario is getting set to pilot the plane while Nick is seated next to him in the cockpit. Mario says,“Cesare’s man says everything is copacetic with the game plan in Florida”.  Nick Lazzaro replies that when he gets back, he is taking the Don’s daughter out for lunch. The plane takes off at night and flies into the Florida Everglades at the dawn of a spectacular, ominous orange sunrise in South Florida. The airplane lands on a rudimentary, paved runway in a remote area near the Everglades.  Mario quips, “It pays to have friends in high places”. When the Cessna comes to a complete stop, the tires are are shot out with an automatic weapon and the aircraft is under siege by a crew of sophisticated, masked desperados staging a heist. One of the goons opens fire on the black Yukon SUV getaway car parked near the runway, riddling the vehicle with stray bullets and deflating the tires.  Another lawless comando torpedos the aircraft window with a tear gas grenade, as smoke is billowing out the window. Armed with machine guns and outfitted in combat garb, the urban guerrillas surround the plane in military style formation.


Kristy McBride is now a sex-trafficking survivor advocate speaking publicly before a crowd.

“I am a human sex-trafficking survivor.  I was held captive in sexual enslavement with a covert sex-trafficking racket in suburban modern America as a high-end, high-profile escort.  As an entrapped, trafficked sex-worker, I was permitted to keep less than 12% of the proceeds. I paid for and posted my own internet ads. Internet censorship holds no justice for survivors of this horrific crime.  The criminals are still at large. Human sex-trafficking is an underground American humanitarian crisis, controlled by a variety of global syndicates. The criminals just walked away scot-free. I have no recourse whatsoever.  The only justice I will ever have is to relate my story and expose the methods of sex-trafficking black marketeers. My objective is to illuminate and unmask this atrocity, and to disempower sex-trafficking racketeers as they disempowered me.  After living a powerless life of isolation, oppression and torment for over six years. I overcame and survived extreme adversity, and am now becoming an advocate for women who are sexually exploited and abused, and for the human rights of all women.

My tragedy must serve a higher purpose.  Law enforcement is not the solution to this problem, or this could never have happened in the first place.  Sex-traffickers had power over me because prostitution is criminalized. Vulnerable, marginalized, consensual sex-workers and sex-trafficking victims must not be stigmatized and treated as expendable.  They must be afforded basic, intrinsic human rights and safety. We must open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds.”




Kristy McBride is now a sex-trafficking survivor advocate speaking publicly before a crowd.

“I am a human sex-trafficking survivor.  I was held captive in sexual enslavement with a covert sex-trafficking racket in suburban modern America as a high-end, high-profile escort.  Human sex-trafficking is an underground American humanitarian crisis, controlled by a variety of global syndicates. The criminals just walked away scot-free.  I have no recourse whatsoever. The only justice I will ever have is to relate my story and expose the operating methods of sex-trafficking black marketeers. My objective is to illuminate and unmask this atrocity, and to disempower sex-trafficking racketeers as they disempowered me.  After living a powerless life of isolation, oppression and torment for over six years. I overcame and survived extreme adversity, and am now becoming an advocate for women who are sexually exploited and abused, and for the human rights of all women.”




Names and places have been changed as a safeguard.




Playlist to date:

Hotel California by the Eagles

Year of the Cat by Al Stewart

Time Passages by Al Stewart

On the Border by Al Stewart

Summer Madness by Kool and the Gang

Moondance by Van Morrison

Face The Face by Pete Townsend

Voices by Rus Ballard

Minute by Minute by The Doobie Brothers

Barry White




I am a human sex-trafficking survivor~

My vision is to raise awareness on the clandestine tactics of organized, sophisticated human sex-trafficking in America, as it happened to me.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”?—?John 1:5


Suburban sex-trafficking in plain sight~


I am an upper middle class, educated, WASP, age 51, from a notable Chicago family.  My late grandfather was a renowned federal judge. I unwittingly became ensnared in a sex-trafficking ring in Florida, when I was seduced by a mobster pimp-predator, after his handler profiled and recruited me (July ’11) out of AA, while I was still mentally and physically disabled, fragile, disoriented, and recently released from a treatment center.  Through force, fraud and coercion, using various methods of psychological and emotional manipulation, military tactics, street violence, blackmail and extortion, economic hardship, intensive, sophisticated surveillance tech and stealth, I was held captive in sexual enslavement with a covert sex-trafficking racket in suburban modern America as a high-end, high-profile escort.  As an entrapped, trafficked sex-worker, I was permitted to keep less than 12% of the proceeds. I paid for and posted my own internet ads. Internet censorship holds no justice for survivors of this horrific crime. The criminals are still at large. Human sex-trafficking is an underground American humanitarian crisis, controlled by a variety of global syndicates. The criminals just walked away scot-free.  I had/have no recourse whatsoever. The only justice I will ever have is to relate my story and expose the modus operandi of sex-trafficking black marketeers. After living a powerless life of isolation, oppression and torment for over six years. I overcame and survived extreme adversity, regaining my freedom (Oct ‘17), and am now becoming an advocate for women who are sexually exploited and abused, and for the human rights of all women, including marginalized sex-workers.  My objective is to illuminate and unmask this deep, dark villainy to disempower sex-trafficking racketeers as they so disempowered me, inflicting incomprehensible, incalculable, hardship, loss and sorrow. During this time I was hospitalized over 30 times with injuries and trauma, sometimes by EMS. This trafficker was a highly secretive sleuth, operating with an old school mob mentality code. Whatever routine information I have gleaned is just a small piece of the bigger picture.  Sex-trafficking is sophisticated, organized, criminal enterprise which can be eradicated only by the disemployment of underworld operations with the decriminalization of transactional sex. With the streetwise complexity of these operations, as portrayed in my story, it is increasingly obvious that the only foolproof viable method of stamping out these atrocities is the decriminalization of commercial sex trades, the melee, free-for-all, ungovernable, criminalized, criminal activity arena of human sex-trafficking outfits across the U.S.

Despite this horrendous adversity, I am now in my 8th year of recovery. I have been a respected member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 24 years and an experienced public speaker.  People want to hear what I have to say. I had previously attained long term sobriety before one difficult relapse. I hold an MA degree in English literature, poetry and creative writing, and I am a promising, published writer.  I am now an activist and an advocate for survivors of sex-trafficking/predatory crimes. I spend much dedicated time researching and posting information online to raise awareness to disempower these criminals on every level possible.  I have a God~given determination to bring my story to mainstream America, and shine the light on this issue.

My intention is not to convey my story at the expense of others.

My tragedy must serve a higher purpose.

Law enforcement is not the solution to this problem.

If it were the solution, then this could never have happened in the first place.

Sex-traffickers had power over me because prostitution is criminalized.

Vulnerable, marginalized, consensual sex-workers and sex-trafficking victims must not be stigmatized and treated as expendable.

They must be afforded basic, intrinsic human rights and safety.

We must open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds.

“In God We Trust”


Lizabeth Erica Scot





U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force,

fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in

countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated

that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per

year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of

transnational crime.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to

seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or

fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force

them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people

who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or

emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net,

natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the

traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as

victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.



Military Infiltration

Military-affiliated mob members expand their  operations to new regions nationwide and worldwide, undermining security and law enforcement efforts to combat crime. Mob members with military training pose a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of their distinctive weapons and combat training skills and their ability to transfer these skills to fellow mob members. The Mafia is targeting the U.S. military and defense systems to expand their territory, facilitate criminal activity such as weapons and drug trafficking or to receive weapons and combat training.

-Business Insider




Urban Dictionary



The Hobby

The patronizing of as many escorts as possible in a given locality. Following the experience the hobbyist reports his "review" of the prostitute on a blog or bulletin board known as a review board. Often times the escorts are found on the review board's own advertising section or off of Craigs****

*hobbyist *mongering *john *lurking *pooning




New Times Investigation: Drug Traffickers Are Buying Up Planes in South Florida

APRIL 10, 2018

New Times reviewed news reports, court documents, and FAA records for approximately 150 planes implicated in drug smuggling since 2000 and found 24 Florida companies that might have sold aircraft directly to traffickers.

In fact, during this period, Florida was apparently the largest source of drug planes in the United States, followed by Delaware, where strict corporate secrecy rules have allowed for the cancerous proliferation of shell companies that can provide cover for buying and selling drug planes. Most of the Florida companies were in or near Miami. And most of the aircraft were sold into Venezuela, which has become an aviation Wild West whose lawlessness seeps into the Sunshine State.

...When they searched the plane, they discovered a bounty: assault weapons, pistols, and 500 kilos of cocaine, most of it in bales, worth about $15 million on the street.


Who Monitors Costa Rica’s Landing Strips? No One.

-3 September 2014


COSTA RICA NEWS – Who is watching that the 90 private airfields in the country, used for crop dusting planes, ferrying tourists to vacation spots, recreation and, occasionally, welcome emergency landing, to make sure they are not being used for illegal activities as well? According to Aviación Civil (Civil Aviation) no one – not a simple cop or security agent. These fields range from a fairly level gravel strip hacked out of the foliage to smooth asphalt or concrete strip, usually without nearby buildings. They invite everything from gun running to narcotics trafficking.



Baker Act

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971

commonly known as the "Baker Act," allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual.

The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person:

  • possibly has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act).

  • is in danger of becoming a harm to self, harm to others, or is self neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).

Examinations may last up to 72 hours after a person is deemed medically stable.





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Brainwashing (also known as mind control, menticide, coercive persuasion, thought control, thought reform, and re-education) is the concept that the human mind can be altered or controlled by certain psychological techniques and manipulation. Brainwashing is said to reduce its subject’s ability to think critically or independently, to allow the introduction of new, unwanted thoughts and ideas into the subject’s mind, as well as to change his or her attitudes, values, and beliefs. The concept of brainwashing was originally developed in the 1950s to explain how the Chinese government appeared to make people cooperate with them. Advocates of the concept also looked at Nazi Germany, at some criminal cases in the United States, and at the actions of human traffickers.



Stockholm syndrome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These feelings, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Generally speaking, Stockholm syndrome consists of "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other." The FBIs Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly eight percent of

victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.


Counselling Resource

While the psychological condition in hostage situations became known as “Stockholm Syndrome” due to the publicity, the emotional “bonding” with captors was a familiar story in psychology. It had been recognized many years before and was found in studies of other hostage, prisoner, or abusive situations such as:

  • Abused Children

  • Battered/Abused Women

  • Prisoners of War

  • Cult Members

  • Incest Victims

  • Criminal Hostage Situations

  • Concentration Camp Prisoners

  • Controlling/Intimidating Relationships

In the final analysis, emotionally bonding with an abuser is actually a strategy for survival for victims of abuse and intimidation. The “Stockholm Syndrome” reaction in hostage and/or abuse situations is so well recognized at this time that police hostage negotiators no longer view it as unusual. In fact, it is often encouraged in crime situations as it improves the chances for survival of the hostages.

Every syndrome has symptoms or behaviors, and Stockholm Syndrome is no exception. While a clear-cut list has not been established due to varying opinions by researchers and experts, several of these features will be present:

  • Positive feelings by the victim toward the abuser/controller

  • Negative feelings by the victim toward family, friends, or authorities trying to rescue/support them or win their release

  • Support of the abuser’s reasons and behaviors

  • Positive feelings by the abuser toward the victim

  • Supportive behaviors by the victim, at times helping the abuser

  • Inability to engage in behaviors that may assist in their release or detachment




“13th Stepping” Drug and Alcohol Rehab


13th Step Defined

13th Stepping is not an official part of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous (or any 12 Step group). It is said to occur whensomebody who has more than a year of sobriety tries to start up a sexual relationship with somebody who is new in recovery – or less than a year sober. Sometimes relationships like this do develop in AA, but they are viewed negatively and are not a good idea for either of those involved.

The Dangers of 13th Stepping

Thirteenth stepping is dangerous for a number of reasons including:

* When people first become sober they can be extremely vulnerable. It is therefore easy for other people to take advantage of them, and this would be considered exploitative.

* Early sobriety requires all of the individual’s focus. They cannot risk being distracted by a new sexual relationship.

* When things turn sour, as they almost always do with this type of relationship, the newcomer might use this as justification to relapse back to their addiction.

* When those AA members who have achieved long term sobriety commit such actions it brings the whole fellowship into disrepute. It may be enough to drive new members away from the group – even those who really need the support.

* In many instances these attempts to 12 Step the newcomer will be a betrayal of trust. These people have turned to the group for help yet somebody in the group is trying to exploit them sexually.

* In some instances the individual will have turned to alcohol or drug because of sexual abuse. Attempts to 13th Step them will mean that they are not able to feel safe in the meetings.

* There have been some AA groups where 13 stepping has led to the group becoming dysfunctional. If a newcomer ends up in one of these groups it can be highly damaging for them.

* The power relationships in these encounters are unfair. The newcomer can easily become manipulated by this other person who is more established in recovery.

* Those individuals who try to 13th step a newcomer are behaving in a way that is unethical and exploitative. In order for people to progress in recovery it is important that they live an honest and ethical life – if they fail to do this they will likely developdry drunk syndrome.

* There are some individuals in AA who move from one newcomer to the next. These sexual predators can do a great deal of damage to the reputation of the fellowship, and they can get in the way of people achieving lasting sobriety.























































































© Copyright 2018 Lizabeth Erica Scot. All rights reserved.

Add Your Comments:

More Mystery and Crime Short Stories