More Scarlet Letters

The Delaware State police earlier this year decided to start stamping people arrested as prostitutes(regardless of conviction). What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Seriously, don’t take my word for it:

In Early January ’08, the Delaware State Police announced that pictures of those arrested for prostitution related offenses would be made public. This program is a direct effort to curb prostitution and its associated criminal offenses plaguing our community.

Starting February 1st, and moving forward, any person who is arrested (not necessarily convicted) for any such prostitution related offense will be pictured- here- on the TRIC-TICS web site. Those previously arrested, prior to February 1st, will not be included.

–Delaware State Police Website.

There are currently 14 people, and to help keep those 14 people anonymous, I will not be linking the site here. I do however want to give you contact information to calmly and rationally tell these police people they are being entirely stupid. This is not the first time, and doubtful will be the last.

Contact Information:

Corporal/1 Jeffrey C. Whitmarsh, II

Cell 302.598.5188

or call the dept of Internal Affairs 302-739-5901 between the hours of 9am-4pm EST

Tonight: $pread It, Spin It: Dance Party! Launch of $pread Magazine’s Issue 4.1

$pread It, Spin It: Dance Party! Launch of $pread Magazine’s Issue 4.1
*Sexy Raffle, Lapdances, Punk, Rock ‘n Roll, Disco, Soul, & Go-Go*

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Art by Michelle Talich http://www.michelletalich.com &
Cricket Alexander http://www.cricketalexander.com

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Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2008
Time: 10pm-4am
Location: The Leopard Lounge
85 2nd Ave @ 5th Street
East Village — New York, NY 10003
Subway: F/V to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor place, Q R W to 8th St. NYU
Cost: $5 (suggested)

Death of the D.C. Madam hits home

Violet Blue shows the side of sex work you won’t see anywhere but in new media

Looking for the silver lining, I asked Kirchner if she thought there could be a positive outcome in anything surrounding Palfrey’s death. She replied, “This is another issue being discussed among (sex work) providers. Some of us are hopeful that people will be outraged by this to such a degree that it will inspire new action and new voices working to improve the lives of sex workers. But most of us are skeptical, putting our heads down and focusing on our personal needs right now. I’m hopeful that if we can all be supportive of each other while we’re recovering from the shock and create accessible support systems for sex workers who are moved to action, then it is likely that we’ll see more providers becoming vocal about the injustice of prohibition.”