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ANSWER: In most cases, if a US citizen divorces a conditional resident, the conditional resident keeps the 2-year card. Then when it is time to apply for the permanent resident status by filing removal of conditions, you would ask for a waiver from your husband's help. If approved you get your 10 year permanent resident card.
The key to filing the waiver is providing evidence that you were married in good faith at the time you got married, but the marriage did not work out.
Be very careful; you do not want to volunteer information that you did anything against the law. If you volunteer the information about being an escort in the past, it could raise problems (if being an escort meant you provided sexual favors in exchange for something like money or goods). That would be considered prostitution, which is a crime involving moral turpitude.
If you admit to or are convicted of committing a crime involving moral turpitude, you can be placed in removal proceedings which can result in you being deported.
So there is a way out of this and a way to continue on your own; it just takes an additional step and some more effort to do it without the help of your ex-husband.
Another option would be if you can document and provide evidence of mental abuse. In that case, you might be able continue the process with a VAWA case. That would allow you to process a permanent resident card and become a permanent resident without your husband's help at all, on the basis of the abuse. The US government doesn't want to force people to stay in abusive situations or be forced to leave.
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