Ullman will testify that he paid for sex?

One of the prominent Washington men named as an escort service customer of the so-called “D.C. Madam” is apparently ready to testify he had sex with a woman or women from the madam’s now-infamous Pamela Martin and Associates.”

Any notion that Ms. Palfrey has that Mr. Ullman will help her in any way is incorrect,” said Ullman’s lawyer, Mark Mukasey, in a statement to the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

This has been on ABC’s Blotter all day but I haven’t had time to look at it until now. I’m guessing that he assumes that he’ll be granted immunity if he’s willing to testify against her?

One of the major dilemmas in her strategy to smoke out defense witnesses by exposing them is that they are the rich and powerful, they’ve got more connections and more money for lawyers.

Let’s hope it doesn’t all explode in her face…

Posted by: karlykirchner

Scare Tactics

The media is doing a good job of scaring us to death.

Directly following 2o/2o’s interview with the DC Madam the Women’s channel aired 48 Hours/Rescued from the Shadows. It was a very powerful show about sex slavery and covered the lives of 4 women who had actually had the experience of being trafficked.I am glad that these women are given media time to tell their story. I am glad that sex trafficking and sexual slavery is an issue that is important to Americans. Forced labor is wrong and these stories need to be told.

But so does my story.I have been a sex worker/prostitute for 20 years. It was a conscious choice that I made. I didn’t spend the last 20 years solely doing prostitution. I went in and out of many different professions but my favorite and most lucrative was sex work. I like the fact that I get to set my own hours. I can say no if I don’t want to work or I can work as long and hard as I want too. I get to meet many different and interesting people and I love to travel. The best part about it is the money because we all know that there is never enough of that.

I wish that my chosen profession wasn’t illegal because I would be proud to talk about the things that I have done and the people I have met. But, for now, I have alot of secrets. I wish that I wouldn’t have to be ashamed because I would love to tell my regular Doctor that I am a prostitute. But I know by the way she talks to me and acts that she would not approve.

I wish that I didn’t face discrimination because then my daughter would be glad to tell everyone that her mother fights for the rights of sex workers and is a prostitute. Unfortunately for everyone, I remain in the darkness, buried in the quagmire of prohibition and you cannot or will not recognize me. It is your loss, because without me and my knowledge you remain ignorant and scared.

Posted by: robynfew

Politicians are the cheapest clients.

Why do we think because they are rich, famous and powerful that they will come off with the dough? I have always found the truth to be just the opposite and truthfully the richer and more famous and powerful they are the harder it is to get money out of them. It is like they are doing you a favor.I used to date this very powerful Senator and during our session we would barely say a word to each other but when it was time to leave….”Why the hell are you so cheap?” I would say.

Finally (after 2 years) , I told him, this is it. I can’t see your cheap ass anymore, I don’t care if you are the King of France. I mean if anyone would know about inflation and the rising cost of living, I thought it would be him.And what about the night, myself and about three of my lovely friends showed up at a hotel room of one of America’s most rich and famous and….. he had no money. I received the money by courier the next day.Or the night when myself and my girlfriend drove two hours to the home of a very famous man. (his wife was out of town) When we got there he spent hours showing us around his magnificent estate and then he said can I take you to dinner. During dinner I am tapping my foot and counting the money I was going to get after all these hours of my time. When dinner was over he said he had a great time and hoped we could do it again, good night. I guess he thought he was blessing me with the privilege of his company. I guess he thought I was just driving two hours out of my way because I actually wanted to be with him.

All I can say is get the money up front and don’t hold out for negotiations. You will loose. These politicians are much savvier at screwing you or should I say….screwing you out of your money.

Posted by: robynfew 

No longer live: the afterthoughts

I recorded the segment, and luckily so, as I had three more guests turn up at different times after the program finished. So I was able to watch it 4 times in total. I was astonished by the lack of detail- the segment seemed so bland after all the juicy news had been careening through the internet about Tobias. (Incidentally, Tobias’s creation of the anti-prostitution oath was not mentioned once.)

One of the things that struck us all was the way that Mr. Ross rattled off a few positions of high-ranking clients, and then assured us all that there were no really big names. No members of Congress; no administration officials…it left us all with a wry grin. Yeah, right.

One participant wondered if perhaps she had a special list of clients she wouldn’t be revealing, sort of an ace-in-the-hole.

Another participant pointed out what we all sensed: at the end, when they were discussing Brandi Britton, Palfrey made an interesting comment about how she must have something that Brandi didn’t have which allowed Brandi to commit suicide, saying that wouldn’t happen to her. The way it was said wasn’t very kind…leading us to speculate as to whether or not Brandi may have somehow pissed Palfrey off. Leading to more speculation abut how the case was initiated. Leading to more speculation…

More later.

20/20 falls short of expectations

I feel like we were led to believe by multiple sources that this episode was going to shine new light onto the situation. But it was the same info that ABC has already been reporting on. It was sort of moving to see her speak for herself, I was really counting on seeing her former employees- er… ‘sub-contractors’ speak out. I guess they’d risk losing their current jobs if they did so.

I’m sure glad that we’re keeping prostitution illegal so that when women try to get other jobs such as legal secretaries we can ridicule and suspend them.

Posted by: karlykirchner

Here’s a story about REAL exploitation and abuse…

http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_5816607

13 Star American Flag?!

I love the focus on the 13 Star American flag — as if to further qualify that the work is All-American and “basically” legal.

Posted by: queershoulder