Craigslist Erotic Services Predator Convicted, Thanks to Sex Workers’ Testimony

A 25 year old San Jose, CA man has been convicted of assaulting and robbing several sex workers he hired from Craigslist. He’s facing up to 200 years in state prison.

The ad on Craigslist urged men to call “Miss Bossy” for a date: “Attention Gentlemen — you have entered a world where your deepest desires and wildest fantasies can turn into reality.”

San Jose resident Kanari Nelson’s fantasy was to choke women till they lost consciousness and sexually assault them until they were bruised and bleeding.

Nelson, 25, was convicted this week of sexually assaulting and robbing “Miss Bossy” and other women in a rare case that underscores the vulnerability of prostitutes in the computer age. He faces a maximum of more than 200 years in state prison.

“Anytime this guy wanted to sexually assault somebody, he just had to go online and pick from a menu,” said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney James Leonard, who won the case.

Santa Clara County’s case against Nelson initially included three women, whom he was charged with luring to his San Jose apartment and assaulting. One of the women committed suicide before the trial and those charges were dropped. But authorities believe Nelson attacked as many as 12 women.

An Open Letter to those who voted No on Prop K

I don’t live in San Francisco. I don’t even live in California. I live in one of those traditionally, until last eve, red states. Republican, moral right, conservative red. I also happen to be a sex worker. Now, where I live? Something even like Prop K on a ballot? Well, that’s like a kid who has long since known the myths of childhood still believing in the tooth fairy. I’d expect a Prop K on my ballot the same way I’d expect a couple bucks under my pillow for a lost molar at age 40. However, even seeing a Prop K? Anywhere? Well, that made me want to believe. It gave me, and countless other sex workers out there, in and out of San Francisco, some sort of hope. It gave us this crazy idea that maybe, just maybe, we counted as humans to the rest of you, that we mattered, even just a little bit, to the rest of you.

Those of you who voted no, and those of you who campaigned for others to vote no, and those of you who claim to care about us, make book deals and educational credentials off of us and convinced others to vote no…well, you’ve proven that hope was ill-fated and you do not care, and that no matter what we, actual sex workers, say or do or plead for, we don’t matter, not even a little bit, to you. We don’t count as humans the way you do.

Prop K did not making trafficking legal. Prop K did not make the sexual abuse, rape, or exploitation of minors legal. Those things are and would have remained illegal. Prop K would not have ended sex worker outreach or exit programs. Yet those were the arguments you used to shoot down Prop K. You worried about your precious neighborhoods, which apparently mean more to you than the lives of sex workers and prostituted people. You used the lives and stories of the very people you then threw to the lions to make your case and defeat something that would have meant so much to all of us, even those of us who live in places where things like Prop K are just a fanciful dream.

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SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Demonizes Tenderloin Sex Workers

SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has made it clear: violence against sex workers isn’t nearly so important as “cleaning up” neighborhoods.

“If Prop K passes, can you imagine living here?” he asked, motioning to the surrounding Tenderloin streets.

“This is serious business,” he said. “We’re trying to clean up the Tenderloin.”

Program to Reduce Stigma Against HIV-Positive Sex Workers

Group Launches New Program To Reduce Stigma Against HIV-Positive Sex Workers in India

The Indian not-for-profit organization Swathi Mahila Sangha has launched a new project to address stigma aimed at commercial sex workers living with HIV/AIDS, the Daily News and Analysis reports. The project — called “Baduku,” or Life — is conducted in partnership with Vijaya Mahila Sangha and Jyothi Mahila Sangha, organizations that focus on empowering commercial sex workers. It has received a grant worth about $32,350 from the World Bank for 18 months of technical support. “Women sex workers who are affected by HIV positive face double stigma,” Psushpalatha R., SMS project manager, said, adding, “They are even more discriminated and stigmatized, leading to poor access to HIV/AIDS-related medical and other services.”

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