Who’s worth that much?

The press has been full of the $5500/hour price tag (actually more like $5500/night) for time with Kristen. The question of “who’s worth that much?” comes up frequently.

I think a comparison’s is in order for a little perspective. Those of you who frequent eBay have no doubt recently noticed a rather obnoxious banner ad on display, “Meet Scarlett Johansson”. It links to this page, which just auctioned off the chance to “meet and greet” Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of her latest movie, the proceeds going entirely to Oxfam. Final bidding price for this once-in-a-lifetime experience was $40100. I’m not sure if “meeting and greeting” could take up more than 20 minutes.

OK, maybe the bidder in question just wanted to make a big charity donation. Or maybe he really think 40K really was worth it to briefly converse with Ms. Johansson. But it puts 5.5K for several hours and sex with a not-so-famous beauty in perspective. The virtues of giving to charity notwithstanding, I think the latter sounds like a better deal.

Former Governor of MN, Jesse Ventura and Prostitution

I’m not a fan of legalizing prostitution.  I advocate decrim.  But I was a resident of Minnesota during the Ventura years as Governor.  While Governor Ventura advocated legalization, and I am a decrim advocate, I respect that he unlike Spitzer and so many of the politicos had the courage to be straight about his feelings about sex work.

Ventura statements on prostitution

In one of his books, Ventura mentions a visit to a prostitute near Reno, Nevada and he admitted to visiting brothels in the Philippines while serving in the military. Ventura has publicly stated that prostitution should be legal, since it will exist in any case, and legal controls protecting the health of clients and workers are needed.[16] He said “I voted in hopes to make prostitution legal once, and I’d do it again in a second”.[17] He admitted to trading a belt made of gun cartridge cases in exchange for 10 dollars plus the services of a prostitute in Nevada during his younger days.

I also appreciated his views on opposing fundamentalists

Ventura states “But I do have a problem with the people who think they have some right to try to impose their beliefs on others. I hate what the fundamentalist fanatics are doing to our country. It seems as though, if everybody doesn’t accept their version of reality, that somehow invalidates it for them. Everybody must believe the same things they do. That’s what I find weak and destructive.”[22]Ventura endorsed equal rights for religious minorities, as well as people who don’t believe in God, by declaring July 4, 2002, “Indivisible Day” through this proclamation:

“WHEREAS: The unique feature of this nation at its founding was its establishment of a secular Constitution that separated government from religion – something never done before; and WHEREAS: Our secular Constitution has enabled people of all worldviews to coexist in harmony, undivided by sectarian strife; and WHEREAS: President James Madison made clear the importance of maintaining this harmony when he said, “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the endless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries”; and WHEREAS: The diversity of our people requires mutual respect and equal protection for all our citizens, including minority groups, if we are to remain “One nation, indivisible”; and WHEREAS: It is the unfettered diversity of ideas and worldviews that have made our nation the strongest and most productive in the world; and WHEREAS: Eternal vigilance must be maintained to guard against those who seek to stifle ideas, establish a narrow orthodoxy, and divide our nation along arbitrary lines of race, ethnicity, and religious belief or nonbelief. NOW, THEREFORE, I, JESSE VENTURA, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim that Thursday, July 4, 2002 shall be observed as: INDIVISIBLE DAY In the State Of Minnesota.”
 
And the Iraq war.
 

Ventura is serving as an advisory board member for a new group called Operation Truth, a non-profit organization set up “to give voice to troops who served in Iraq.” “The current use of the National Guard is wrong….These are men who did not sign up to go occupy foreign nations”.[27]

He had his gaffes, wasn’t always PC, had some rough moments.  But he was straight forward and wasn’t a farce faux crusader like Spitzer, Tobias and their ilk.

They Found Kristen

It looks like the NY Times found Kristen and her MySpace page. They very helpfully give her full real name.

And the circus is renewed…

Random Thoughts on the Spitzer Scandal

One thing I found fascinating about all this is the media’s use of the word “prostitute” and references to how exploited the girls are, then printing every screenshot of the ECVIP Web site they can find – especially if it has sexy girl pictures.

It’s sort of nice that the scandal involved a high-end escort, for once, but even if he’d been caught with a low-rate escort the reaction would still be the same, minus the “wasting money” and “no one is worth that much” comments; but adding more of the “what was he thinking” stuff and “diseased whore” crap.

I used to be a fan of Spitzer’s back when he was going after big business and the brokers/traders. He was doing some good and I had high hopes for him. Sigh. I need a hero. Male politicians don’t seem to be able to fill that role.

A pen-pal wrote me: “They keep saying things along the lines of “He wasn’t a guy who had issues with women”, as if any man who spends time with a call-girl (which seems to be the preferred word on NPR) must.” I hope NPR got a hold of some sex workers who could tell them that just because a man sees a female sex worker does not mean he has “women issues.” In fact, it takes a measure of self-honesty to respect a woman enough to pay her for her time/services, instead of assuming it’s her God-ordained female role to do it all for free.

I heartily dislike the use of the phrase “prostitution ring.” It was an agency and a very well-managed one at that. No “ring” about it. It was a business, people. Kind of like saying Congress is a “governmental ring” or police stations are “authoritarian rings.”

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Melissa Farley Get a Life!

I mostly don’t care what Melissa Farley thinks, I know that her position is weak and illogical. But her opinion piece opens with a question that I’d very much like to address:

WHAT do we know about the woman Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly hired as a prostitute? She was the one person he ignored in his apology. What is she going through now? Is she in danger from organized crime because of what she knows? Is anyone offering her legal counsel or alternatives to prostitution?

What we know about Kristen is that she was able to walk into a room with a man, take over 4K from him and STILL INSIST ON SAFE SEX. Hmmm, Kristen must be a very confident, intelligent woman who respects herself. Kristen is a hero. She understands that the quality of an intimate sexual experience does not have to be compromised by safe sex. KRISTEN could probably give young women some good ideas about setting sexual boundaries and communicating about them.

She doesn’t need an apology from him- not in the sense that Farley is suggesting. He needs to have some balls and say that he made a decision to employ the services of a woman with whom he enjoys spending time and he’s sorry for all involved that they’re in the public eye. He ought to thank, not apologize to her.

Her purpose, as a man who knew patiently explained, is “renting” out an organ for 10 minutes.

How does she justify objectifying language like this? We are not fractured and damaged beings as she repeatedly claims. Since when is ‘a man who knew’ a legitimate source of information?

Whose theory is it that prostitution is victimless? It’s the men who buy prostitutes who spew the myths that women choose prostitution, that they get rich, that it’s glamorous and that it turns women on.

Um, to many of the women who do it, that’s not just a theory. Do their voices matter at all? Unlike you, Ms. Farley, we actually have some experience to base our perspective on and we understand the realities of the sex industry better than you ever will because your perspective is limited to theory- ours is reality.

Do you actually believe that women are so incapable and ignorant that men have programmed us into announcing to the world that we like what we do and we don’t want jail and we don’t want diversion programs. We do want access to health and education resources so that all sex workers have the agency to make informed decisions without risk of economic coercion. Yeah, the men brainwashed that into us.

But most women in prostitution, including those working for escort services, have been sexually abused as children, studies show. Incest sets young women up for prostitution — by letting them know what they’re worth and what’s expected of them. Other forces that channel women into escort prostitution are economic hardship and racism.

I would really be thrilled to read any of your research or research supporting your argument that has been peer-reviewed and has sound investigation methods. Still waiting…

Economic and race issues are always relevant when discussing the sex industry. The Eliot Spitzer story does not play into the traditional stereotypes. Which is good in most ways and has some major downsides…. exclusion and a glossing over of the issues involved with the practical enforcement of prostitution laws, etc. This case did not surface because of a traditional prostitution bust. This was about him specifically. Keeping prostitution illegal will always create a tool for political maneuvering. However, this has given the public an opportunity to look at a new angle of the industry that it was pretty much completely ignored before. And if all of us, in all levels of the industry, don’t start saying something, the media and Farley will continue to speak for us. So perhaps this is a critical point for the industry, can this be a situation that sparks new alliances and awareness among a more economically diverse group of sex workers?

The Emperor’s Club often required that the women provide sex twice an hour. One woman who was wiretapped indicated that she couldn’t handle that pressure.

As often noted by sex workers, myself included, this work isn’t for everybody. Some women enjoy stripping but would never do prostitution, some women enjoy prostitution but are too shy to get on stage in dance clubs. The point is- we need to be free to select the situations that we choose to work in, to have a legal environment that does not criminalize our right to COMMUNICATE (because, after all, that IS the only difference between the pro’s- pre-nups included- and non-pro’s) about those boundaries. If you can’t do it twice in an hour, that isn’t the right agency for you- find another one. Or better yet- work for yourself.

Telephone operators at the Emperor’s Club criticized one of the women for cutting sessions with buyers short so that she could pick up her children at school. “As a general rule,” one said, “girls with children tend to have a little more baggage going on.”

Again, this is an issue of choice. A professional is responsible for her schedule. If the schedule is not flexible enough for her, she needs to be able to work elsewhere (or for herself!)- not get out of prostitution. Sex work enables many mothers to afford their monthly expenses while still spending as much time as possible with their children. She needs to have choices within sex work. Limiting the public perspective on sex work to these extremes- either the rarest high-end situation or the saddest of poverty-stricken situations- prevents people from understanding the true nature of the work and associated circumstances that can limit one’s ability to choose.

Whether the woman is in a hotel room or on a side street in someone’s car, whether she’s trafficked from New York to Washington or from Mexico to Florida or from the city to the suburbs, the experience of being prostituted causes her immense psychological and physical harm. And it all starts with the buyer.

*Yawn* Okay, yeah, it’s all because of the natural biological human sex drive which women are expected to suppress and men are supposed to lie about. It makes perfect sense, it’s like how breathing creates air pollution.

Tracy Quan on Spitzer

Tracy Quan discusses Spizter’s use of an escort service in the NY Times. Though she’s not at all fond of the Internet, agencies are much riskier than an indie — Internet or not.

Sextortions: Washington Terrorist Pimps

I’m posting this on behalf of Robin Head, with permission.

Robin Head, Former Texas Madam, Sent to Prison for 10 Years for Refusing to SEXTORT clients for FBI/CIA agents – PIMPS.

Sex Slavery, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, extortion, blackmail―of the most egregious kind―of U.S. Citizens by the U.S. Government Brothel of Bureaucrats

My name is Robin Head, previous owner of Playboy Escorts in Houston, Texas. I was approached by various law enforcement agency’s, FBI, ATF, etc… who wanted me to abet them in entrapping “State and political officials” having sex so they could extort, control and blackmail them, not to charge them with misdemeanor prostitution. At the same time, women at my service were being tricked and trafficked overseas to Bangkok and called me collect from a jail in Vienna.

A madam from Alabama was found hanging in a federal jail cell in nearby Brazoria County. When I refused to abet in the extortion, I was thrown in jail, no bond, a ‘Life’ sentence filed on me, and then my son and family were harassed and attacked endlessly in some kind of gang like Mafia style.

I went to the FBI, but it was like reporting the devil to the witch, they said they would help me but only if I would help them, again, to set up officials. They had no interest in the corruption aspect. Some very high profile names were involved, people seen on TV news commentary.
Who are these agents with this monstrous agenda and what do they want? This is not a left/right wing thing it is a most vicious entity in this country.

This country has become as fearful as any other 3rd world country when it comes to reporting crime to officials just exactly like in Russia, Iraq, Africa, Mexico, etc… where it is the officials that are the perpetrators of the crimes, kidnapping, ransom, drugs, and it is dangerous to report to them.

More information and links available at: http://fbicorruption.250free.com

Spitzer Resigns; Fleiss on Spitzer

Spizter announced he resigns effective Monday.

Heidi Fleiss comments on Spizter and high-profile clients. Though I’ve never been a big Heidi fan, I liked this interview (except for the use of “dude”).

Susie Bright Role-Plays Spitzer Characters

Pride Goeth Before Client #9

Should prostitution be decriminalized?

The John/Governor:

No. I need the shame to get off, and the ammo to destroy my enemies.

The Wife:

I don’t want his cock anywhere near me. This is my political career, too. Give me plausible deniability and I’ll give you decriminalization.

The Escort Service:

Hard to say. Prices would fall, but so would expenses. It’s inevitable, so thankfully we know how to run the game no matter what the law is.

The Pro:

Decriminalizing? yes. Legalization, no. The last thing I need is a government bureaucrat topping me.

John and Jane Q. Screwed Public:

The sex fatigue has set in. Do these pols have five minutes they could spare to work for us, their constituents? We’ll give Spitzer something to scream about.

The Sex Fairy:

Decriminalization, yes. Stigma-busting, yes. Realizing that we are complicated creatures and creatures have sex, yes. Contemplating why people go through so much shit to feel physical intimacy and orgasmic surrender… a lot more of that!

Way to go, Today Show!

The Today Show interviewed a “high class call girl” who works at the Bunny Ranch (didn’t catch her name), and she offered a very upbeat, positive insight into how empowering it is to be a sex worker.   Kudos to the reporter who asked her interesting and engaging questions in a non-judgmental manner, too!    Granted, not many of us made a half a mil last year, and by virtue of that alone, she may not be representative of the majority of us, but I think it’s important to reinforce that we can be healthy, happy, powerful women.

As Spitzer Prostitution Scandal Dominates Headlines, A Look at the Plight of Sex Workers

What happens to the escort? While the Eliot Spitzer story has dominated the news media for the past two days, little coverage has been paid to the plight of sex workers in this country. We speak with Juhu Thukral, director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center.

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Sadistic Silda?

Well, if Eliot Spitzer wasnt already into humiliation and taking it up the ass (I mean, really, what governor isn’t?) he’s going to have to learn to like it now!

NYTimes  (via gawker) is reporting that Spitzer’s wife has ‘urged him to stay on.’

State government remained paralyzed on Tuesday as Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, was engaged in an intense legal and family debate about whether to resign or, as aides said his wife was urging, to stay on.

Ouch! Holding his feet to the flames for just a few more savory seconds?

Everybody has talked about how sad it is that she had to stand there next to him while he addressed the public… I think she relished it.

They’ve probably been stowed away in their 5th Ave. penthouse playing “You got caught bitch!” with lots of heavy corporal. Bet they haven’t had sex this hot in decades.

Farley Saves the Day!

Melissa Farley weighs in in the NY Times. We need someone to get an article in there (and not Bob Herbert).

Besides the usual blather, she states “Her [Kristen’s] purpose, as a man who knew patiently explained, is “renting” out an organ for 10 minutes.” Thank you, Farley, for repeating that. We all want everyone to understand that’s what sex work is. To Farley, we’re all simply female organs — much like the men she accuses of victimizing sex workers with this attitude. Fuck you, Farley, because I am much more than a walking vagina. Really. Believe it or not, my clients saw me that way. Why can’t you?

Farley also trots out the tired “all sex workers are abused as children” thing. Give it a rest, will ya? Everyone had a crappy childhood. That’s why therapists are in demand — arguably more than sex workers. (Though I have to wonder if she was abused as a child, which is why she has such a problem with sex work.)

Does she not realize how much this victimizing of sex workers hurts us? That it makes us less than human in the public eye — not more sympathetic? Does she not realize how patronizing it is to decide what’s right and wrong for every sex worker in the US — regardless of each individual’s experiences and feelings? Does she not realize how much money she makes off our backs — anyone here who has gotten an op-ed in the NY Times raise your hand.

She blames the “buyers” for the problems of sex work. No, it’s people like her who maintain the status quo of criminalizing sex workers. The criminalization of sex work is shown to cause great harm. She far more dangerous than a whole roomful of politican-clients who want a good time hidden from their wives.

They all want to talk to us now…

My in-box and those of my friends have been inundated with media requests for comments on the Spitzer scandal. New York Times, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX 9, NYC…and so on. They seem to have found us from various ads we have posted on the web.

What these media people don’t seem to understand, however, is that none of us wishes to be “Kristen.” None of us wants a spotlight shown on our lives, exposing for all of mal-intent our vulnerabilities in this legally ambiguous profession in which we have chosen to engage.

As was pointed out in Audacia’s post, they’re not really interested in our plight, or understanding who we are as people, or why we do what we do, or how they can help us. They are only interested in how we can help them– how a comment by a true whore will appeal to the prurient interest of the public and thus increase their ratings. They have no concept that their scoop could be used against us, to ruin our lives and take away our children, homes, and assets.

Sure, they say they are willing to disguise our voices, our faces, etc., but what story are they after? One who contacted me was simply interested in knowing (according to his email) if I had seen Spitzer, and what he was like. Another wanted to know if I’d worked in DC, and what that was like. But how willing would they be to portray us as real humans with all the same issues that other humans face, rather than one-dimensional whores? Seeing the nasty results of speaking to the press in the past, I, for one, don’t trust ’em.

So, media folk, show us your stuff. Spend more time on our needs and wishes in the media- portray us honestly and not just sensationally, take us seriously when we speak, and we’ll be much more willing to talk to you.

A Former Sex Worker’s Thoughts About Eliot Spitzer,

A Former Sex Worker’s Thoughts About Eliot Spitzer, 

 I’m Jill Brenneman,  Project Coordinator, of  Sex Worker’s Outreach Project, SWOP-East  www.swopeast.org a chapter of Sex Worker’s Outreach Project USA www.swopusa.org and a member of the Desiree Alliance www.desireealliance.org

 It is 3AM, thoughts about Eliot Spitzer and the related farce are rolling in my head.  So I blog.  Here are my thoughts.

Eliot Spitzer is a farce, Eliot Spitzer is a disgrace.  Of course I’m speaking from a perspective far different than that of many of the political types in Albany.  I’m speaking different perspective than the faux moralist conservatives who are haughtily demanding his resignation for disgracing the office by hiring the services of a sex worker.  People who immediately feel the office has suffered a massive disgrace because Spitzer involved himself with someone viewed as socially low as a prostitute, a sex worker, a whore, as all the self righteous types want to place themselves above.  Well dear moralists, dear political pundits, dear high and mighty virtuous types, you are likely missing much of the bigger picture. 

Let me clarify some of it from the view of a former sex worker.  To me Spitzer’s disgrace isn’t about reducing the credibility of his lofty office of Governor.  If reduction of the credibility of his office is considered the greatest of his transgressions he is being viewed by people with priorities that are askew.   In his passion for self advancement Eliot “fought prostitution”, Eliot took a tough stance on “human trafficking”.  Or at least used his power to orchestrate his various battles against crime, at various times that crime being prostitution, used his office and a faux concern for victims of human trafficking to work on that issue from the same perspective of the anti trafficking czar, Randall Tobias, who, resigned for,,,,  um, hiring sex workers….   But who was looking?  Thus he had the formulas to push his career.  So what if a sex worker, no pun intended, got screwed in that process.  So what, if when one examines the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, of which Spitzer was an advocate of, turns out being a worldwide failure leading to deaths throughout the world because it denies funding for HIV prevention among other things for sex workers, as any form of assistance to working sex workers only adds to the problem of prostitution, thus better to sacrifice some people now for the greater glorious war on prostitution.  Great for Eliot, his career advanced.  Until he was caught and then everyone piled on with the condemnation, the Republicans, who forget their own politicians problems with similar issues, the politicos worried about the image of the office from Democrats rushing to get away before they be associated with him. 

Who gets lost once again?  The sex workers.  In the frenzy to finger point, to dig up whatever graphic details possible of what kind of sex Spitzer may have had for tabloidesque gossip, the impact of his farce is missed. 

I’m a former sex worker.  I still have many sex worker friends that are dear to me.  Ones who both face all the risks of being a sex worker, but also fight for sex worker rights in public.   They are at risk from the very policies of men like Spitzer.  Eliot could have done something groundbreaking.  He could have been a governor that dared to advocate for sex worker human rights.  But he didn’t.  Eliot persecuted sex workers.  He made it easier for sex workers to be exploited, to be violated, to be stigmatized, to face discrimination, to face rape, assault and other crimes.  My sex work experience while not entirely in the genre I’m about to discuss nonetheless a great deal of it was.  Facing homelessness, unable to get find a job, I was a soft target for a sadistic pimp.  Granted the average pimp isn’t like the one I had but nonetheless, there he was.  He ran an escort service that provided escorts at high prices to clients that wanted what most escorts wouldn’t do.  I was a paid submissive.  Well sort of paid,,,, criminalization of sex work tends to eliminate labor rights or going to the police, the Attorney General, the State, to have my labor rights enforced, thus the pimp got a huge percentage of the money.  This pimp was good at convincing me to go with him.  He promised a position as an actress.  I would role play.  My “interview” was at the pimp’s “studio” which was a dungeon.  My role.  I was an “actress” playing the part of “willing submissive” to men who hired women that they could hurt.  I wasn’t Elisha Cuthbert in Captivity daring to fight back in the face of torture.  I got the idea very quickly from my “audition” which was a practice session with the various equipment in the “studio” which was nothing more than a dungeon that fighting back wasn’t an option.  Neither was running away, because run to where?   Tell who?  The police?  The police who are the enforcers for the offices of attorney general’s such as Spitzer.  So I played the part.  Paid submissive.  Clients, many wealthy, many powerful, and no I won’t divulge names, paid to enact their fantasies of torture with me as the “willing victim”.  I got the money, well sort of, thus I must have been willing.  Do I oppose consenting BDSM?  No.  But consent is crucial, and the lack of the ability to give or deny consent was a huge problem for me.  The Spitzer’s of the world made none of it easier.

People would and have asked, why didn’t I just run away?  Run where?  If I had family or friends to go to I would have gone.  I didn’t.  Run to the police?  The police view prostitutes as criminals.  Plus the pimp wasn’t stupid.  He knew to exploit the concept that as a prostitute I was the scourge of society, the disgraceful woman, worse, I let men do what most prostitutes wouldn’t.  He made it clear what the likely reaction of the police would have been.  Go to social service agencies?  Most don’t take prostitutes, because prostitutes are considered criminals.  Go to a rape crisis center?  Same answer.  And please, this revelation about my past isn’t a pity party for Jill Brenneman.  That’s not the idea.  Nor what I’m driving at.  I don’t need or want pity.  What I want, need and advocate for is not the Quixote type venture that Spitzer alleged to support in his support for the misguided anti trafficking policies of the Bush Administration and it’s conservative and neo faux sensitive anti trafficking feminist types like Donna Hughes and Janice Raymond.  What I needed then and what sex workers need now are human and labor rights. 

What are those?  A brief excerpt from Sex Workers Outreach Project East Statement on Sex Worker Human Rights,

 
• Decriminalization of all aspects of sex work involving consenting adults.
• The right to form and join professional associations or unions.
• The right to work on the same basis as other independent contractors and employers and to receive the same benefits as other self-employed or contracted workers.
• No taxation without such rights and representation.
• Advocating sex worker rights to be free from coercion, violence, sexual abuse, child labor, rape and racism.
• Legal support for sex workers who want to sue those who exploit their labor.
• The right to travel across national boundaries and obtain work permits wherever we live.
• Clean and safe places to work.
• The right to choose whether to work on our own or co-operatively with other sex workers.
• The absolute right to say no.
• Access to health clinics where we do not feel stigmatized.
• Re-training programs for sex workers who want to leave the industry.
• An end to social attitudes which stigmatize those who are or have been sex workers.
• Working to end child sexual tourism 

Was Eliot Spitzer working toward human, civil and labor rights for sex workers in his campaigns against prostitution or to end human trafficking?  No.  He was working to advance his career.  At the expense of many.  Did he care until he was caught?  No.  Does he care about sex workers now?  I doubt it.  Only in how much they reveal.  Had Eliot Spitzer taken a sex worker rights approach his transgression would have been between himself and his wife and family and how much they knew and accepted with his hiring of sex workers.  Could it still be betrayal of his family if he was open about ending criminalization and advocating sex worker rights?  If he promised monogamy to his wife, then absolutely.  She is yet another victim of Eliot Spitzer as are his daughters.  How much are they and will they suffer for his hypocrisy?  Far more than he will.  He will likely resign his post in lieu of ending criminal charges and end up as some talk show host or on the lecture circuit teaching others how to avoid  the downfall that he suffered.
 

Am I opposed to the sex industry despite the difficulties I faced in a significant duration of my tenure in the sex trade?  No.  Opposing it is absurd.  There will always be a sex industry.  My experiences are my own and are not indicative of those of many if not most sex workers.  My goals come from a statement that I heard that I only wish at 3 AM  I could find the author to give due credit.  Taking away rights won’t stop the wrongs.  Thus I advocate strongly for sex worker rights.  I wonder how much different my life would be today if the above listed rights were commonplace and accepted.  I wonder how much different so many lives would be.  Different in a positive way rather than in jail cells through the actions of false public saviors like Spitzer or even more so, different in a way that meant being alive rather than deceased from serial killers because society cares so little about sex workers, from disease, because hypocritical and misguided legislation as the type that Spitzer advocated such as TVPRA caused.