Advisory: This story contains disturbing material regarding the exploitation of children. Nothing explicit is included, but listener discretion is advised.
Growing up in New Jersey, Jamie Sumire Costantino had plenty of friends — especially this one girl.
“She was one of my closest friends, and one of my oldest friends,” said Jamie, now a teacher in Seattle. “And she was rather popular. She was somebody that everyone flocked to. She was somebody who often had the gatherings at her home.”
Those gatherings for meals and pool parties were a big part of Jamie’s childhood. But much later, she’d learn things about that home that would shake her life and sense of self to their foundations.
That part of the story began with a call on her little red flip phone, from someone claiming to be with the FBI. That person asked Jamie if she knew the family of her old friend.
“The agent said that they couldn’t tell me what was going on, but they also even noted that I probably knew why they were calling me," she said. "And I honestly had no clue. I had absolutely no idea.”
Jamie joined Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer to tell her story, which you can hear at the “Listen” button above. Please note that this story contains references to child pornography.
If you or someone you know may be a victim of child pronography, consider contacting the FBI’s Child Pornography Victim Assitance Program. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has also compiled a list of resources.