Loved Ones Fear Truck Driver May Be Linked To California Missing

CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405
Contact:
Monica Caison
(910) 343-1131
(910) 232-1687
cuecenter@aol.com

www.ncmissingpersons.org

For immediate release:
April 23, 2009

Note left behind reveals that a body can be found on the “15”

Wilmington, NC: April Pitzer vanished on June 28, 2004 and despite multiple searchers, public awareness campaigns, national coverage and pleas to the Newberry community; she remains missing. “It has been a long road paved with many tears”, said Gloria Denton, Pitzer’s, mother; “she has two little girls and a family who loves and misses her deeply,” she added. April was last seen in Newberry Springs, California; it is believed she took a ride with a trucker with plans to travel to her mother’s home in Arkansas, but never arrived. April called her grandmother from Arizona while traveling with a truck driver advising her of this information; a note was found in a bathroom stall at a pilot truck stop in Oregon possibly referencing a connection to April Pitzer’s case.

The family of Catherine Marie Lique is very concerned with the media headlines of woman’s remains being located and the recent FBI announcement of a possible serial trucker driver killer; leaving all to wonder if Catherine may have took a ride or trusted someone that she may have not known. At the time of her disappearance it was believed that Catherine was prostituting at area truck stops to support her long term drug addition and was last seen in Barstow/New Berry Spring, California areas.

“Two families brought together for one reason, to help each other search for their missing loved ones”; “something often seen in the world of those who suffer a missing person”, said, CUE founder, Monica Caison. “We will continue to search for these woman and all of our cases for any links to this serial truck driver, it is important to have all missing person cases reviewed at this point” she added. Families who have not had their DNA entered into CODIS should explore that option for a positive identification and to avoid the missing person from becoming a Jane/John Doe somewhere. CODIS is a free resource service offered to law officials across the country for the DNA process and the purpose of identifying missing individuals.

For more information on CODIS
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/lab/codis/clickmap.htm
DNA.gov: What is CODIS?

Tags: ireport_for_cnn, april beth pitzer, catherine lique, cue center for missing persons, monica caison

In response to assignment: iReport for CNN

2009 San Francisco Sex Worker Film, Art, and Music Festival: May 30-June 7

 http://www.sexworke rfest.com/ swfest2009/ Release2009. html

6th San Francisco Sex Worker Film, Art and Music Festival

 

Festival dates: May 30th to June 7th, 2009

Website: http://www.sexworkerfest.com/

Tel: 415-751-1659

Email: swfest@bayswan.org

Schedule Updates: http://www.sexworkerfest.com/schedule2009.html

 

We are very excited to announce the 2009 San Francisco Sex Worker Film, Arts and Music Festival. This is the 10th anniversary, and 6th Biennial Festival! This year we focus on documentaries, sex worker portraits and activist shorts. The 2009 movies represent new trends in sex worker cinema, the intimate focus on individual sex workers with a new respect for their courage in the face of hazards of the work and escalating repression. New activist shorts also mark a current trend including the “how-to,” safety education for sex workers, and unabashed, playful and celebratory sex worker rights propaganda.

 

The 2009 Sex Worker Fest will be presented in tandem with the Queer Cultural Festival http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/. The 2009 Fest includes a week of fun, sexy, political, kinky, naughty, bold and educational events.

 

2009 events include: Saturday. May 30th- A Radar benefit hosted by Michelle Tea with Dorothy Allison, Kirk Read and more; Sunday, May 31st- Two events-An All Day Shopping Orgy/ Kinky Gifts, Sex Worker Crafts Show and Garage Sale at Center for Sex & Culture featuring entertainment including Ckiara Rose reading from “Song of Men Slaves”; May 31st late night party at Diva’s sponsored by Sex Workers Outreach Project; Monday, June 1st, Sex Workers Outreach Project Hospitality Day and Roundtable for sex workers and allies; Tuesday, June 2nd A party at El Rio with sex worker musicians including Mariko Passion featuring Mistress of Ceremonies, Annie Danger; Wednesday and Thursday, June 3rd and 4th, Army of Lovers, performances by male sex workers curated by Kirk Read at Center For Sex & Culture; Two events on Friday June 5th -Movies at Artists’ Television Access 7-10 PM; Late night- June 5th Cirque X” at Paradise Lounge benefit for St. James Infirmary, 10 year anniversary, a carnival of decadence with amazing fire troops and aerial acrobatics to sexy burlesque shows, exotic dancers, XXX porn stars, drag queens and fierce DJs! 9pm-3am; The Sex Worker Fest introduces work from artists including cartoons by Modern Hooker http://www.modernhooker.com.

 

June 5th and June 6th movies include local and international premieres including Death of a Whore, a Spanish-language biography of Grisélidis Réal, whose re-burial caused a recent international scandal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/09/prostitute-griselidis-rea_n_173212.html); “Happy Endings” with interviews from Korean massage parlor workers in Rhode Island as they are confronted with the racism and zenophobia of local anti-prostitution activists; Science Friction with “Cinema of Desire” in this portrait of a trans sex worker from Thailand; “You’re Welcome,” a tender and humorous story of ‘the whore next door’ from Norway; a panel and international feature about sexual services for disabled clients; sex worker activist produced short docs and experimental work include “Prostitution Free Zone” by PJ Starr, “Flipping the Lens: A Look at $pread Magazine,” and “Know Your Rights” from Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Chicago; experimental shorts from Renegade Evolution and music videos from Scarlot Harlot; plus clips from your neighbors’ home grown porn including kink/SM/BD/fetish/sex ed from San Francisco with stars including Madison Young in “Bride of Sin.”

Reflecting on New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act

Many in the sexworker community hold up New Zealand’s legislation as the best and therefore the one everyone should adopt. The Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has many strengths, not least that the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective played an important part in its formulation.

The Act does have weaknesses, however, so it seems good for everyone to think about them and how they might be modified to fit other contexts. The other day I wrote about the glaringly anti-migration clause in the legislation, which is the opposite of what many activists would like to see. It’s disguised as anti-trafficking law. Links to more information on the law and the NZ Prostitutes Collective are supplied.

The interesting comments on that post centred on the law’s effects on or benefits to street workers, so I wrote about that next. 

It’s notoriously difficult to assess the effects of any law.  I’ve given a link to a report made to NZ’s Justice Department in 2008 on some early findings.  My interest is in promoting thoughtfulness about laws that regulate the sex industry: the NZ law not only decriminalises but also defines and regulates brothels. The rest of the sex industry, outside what’s considered prostitution per se, isn’t covered by the Act, as far as I can see.

Laura Agustín
Border Thinking on Migration, Trafficking and Commercial Sex

Suspect Detained in Murder of Masseuse Advertising on Craig’s List

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090421/ap_on_re_us/us_craigslist_killing

RI cops: Case similar to Boston Craigslist slaying

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — An attempted robbery of a woman at a suburban Providence hotel may be linked to the slaying at an upscale Boston hotel of a woman who advertised massage services on Craigslist, police said Friday.

A 26-year-old woman who also advertised massage services on Craigslist was bound with cord and held at gunpoint at the Holiday Inn Express at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney said. The assailant fled when the victim’s husband returned to the room.

The husband briefly chased the assailant out of the room, but then returned to check on his wife, McCartney said. The woman told police she worked at The Cadillac Lounge, a Providence strip club.

“She may have been involved in some sort of a sex-for-money transaction at the point in time when she had the confrontation with this alleged assailant,” McCartney told WPRO-AM radio.

Associated Press

Posting Petitions on “Bound Not Gagged”

Change.org posts petitions online that people can sign onto electronically, and it would be great if we could also do this on “Bound Not Gagged.”  We could post petitions to decriminalize prostitution, to support or oppose specific pieces of legislation, and related to additional issues we’re concerned about.  Here is a link to what I’m referring to:  http://www.change.org/actions .  What do people think about setting up something like this on “Bound Not Gagged?”  Would it be possible?

Nevada’s Failed $5 Tax on Prostitution

As the sex industry in Nevada, as elsewhere, is thriving amid the financial crisis, state senator Bob Coffin proposed a $5 tax on all acts of prostitution in the state’s legal brothels.

In an article published online for the UK’s Guardian, Melissa Ditmore tackles the failed taxation scheme, and points out the fact that people in the legal, as well as illegal, sex industry do pay taxes.  A fact that is largely ignored by the rest of society. While many in Nevada benefit from the substantial licensing fees the brothels pay to rural counties, countless restrictions are imposed on brothel workers, many of which serve to isolate the workers  from their local community.

Taxing sex work is not a problem. Sex workers pay taxes like everyone else. Tracy Quan, author of Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl, and a member of Prostitutes of New York, said: “People outside the industry fantasise about prostitution, and their fantasy includes freedom from normal responsibilities. So one of the escapist myths is that sex workers don’t have to pay taxes. Of course they have to, and if they do not, the penalties are considerable.”

The Nevada counties prefer not to acknowledge the contribution made by licensed prostitution to their bottom line. Some counties and towns impose some extraordinary restrictions on commercial sex workers. The net effect of these regulations is to separate sex workers from the local community. Some jurisdictions require brothel prostitutes to leave the county when they are not working, while others take the opposite tack, forbidding them to leave the brothel where they work. Some do not allow the children of the women who work in the brothels to live in the same area.

Some of the revenue from the proposed tax would have funded new services for prostitutes, including a counselling service. If I were so isolated within the community in which I lived and worked, I just might need that counselling service. The problem is the fact that sex workers are treated as separate and unequal members of their communities. If the tax changed this, it would be cheap at the price.

Some Links On Boston Murder

Pattern Emerges in Hotel Attacks

And as authorities launched a hunt for the man – also captured on surveillance cameras last week at the Westin Copley Hotel, where a 29-year-old Las Vegas woman was bound and robbed at gunpoint – the killing this week opened a window on a vast and elusive underworld of prostitutes who advertise online and do business at high-end hotels.

“What we believe is that there are a series of independent operations that are occurring, and it’s very difficult for the hotels to police them because they don’t know who it is that’s coming in to use their rooms,” said Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis. “We’ve been monitoring it very closely, but it’s very difficult to completely eliminate it.”

Tuesday’s victim, a slight 26-year-old who one witness initially believed was a child, had advertised massage services on Craigslist, the online classified service. A massage table was found in her room at the Marriott Copley.

Friends struck by tragic hotel murder of Julissa Brisman

Pines said Julissa was working as a masseuse to make money but rejected speculation she was selling sex.

“I can tell you right now it was massage and not prostitution,” Pines said. “I know what she was doing with that. She wasn’t into anything with sex.”

Zooming in on the .com killer

Boston homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the craigslist.com killer who, police say, prowls for his victims on the eyes wide shut online classified site. The Marriott masseuse advertised her services on the site and so did the Westin victim. Women linked to Hub escort services are posting in fear today, the Herald’s Jessica Van Sack reports.

BPD identify victim; Search continues for “Craigslist Killer”

Boston (AP/WBZ Newsroom) — Boston Police have identified the woman killed at the Copley Marriott Hotel Tuesday.

26-year old Julissa Brisman of New York City had been shot several times.

Police are still looking for the suspect who they believe may be the same person wanted for a robbery at the Westin Hotel on April 10th. Police think both incidents are related because of postings on Craigslist.org.

Urgent: Masseuse Advertising on Craig’s List Murdered

This is extremely important to know about, especially for sex workers traveling to Boston to meet clients.  This murder is possibly linked to another attempted armed robbery in a Boston hotel room:  http://www1. whdh.com/ news/articles/ local/BO110496/ .   Please circulate widely.

Sex 2.0 May 9th, 2009 Washington DC

Bound Not Gagged is a proud Sponsor of Sex 2.0 www.sex20con.com

Bound Not Gagged is a proud Sponsor of Sex 2.0 http://www.sex20con.com

The 2nd Annual Sex 2.0 un-conference is just a few weeks away! Early-bird registration closes on April 16th. This year is the second year that Bound, Not Gagged is participating as a Community Sponsor. New social media has been a critical tool for sex workers around the globe in recent years. Not only has the internet changed the way that many sex workers do business, it has enhanced our abilities to tell our stories, to challenge misperceptions and to be visible and vocal on political issues that affect us.

The most exciting thing about Sex 2.0 is that everybody there already gets it. There is visible impact made by sex workers who have blogs, podcasts, FaceBook and Twitter accounts. At Sex 2.0 we don’t have to get wrapped up in Feminism 101 to explain why being a stripper doesn’t compromise our feminist sensibilities, or why some people prefer to work at an agency rather than independently. Nobody at this conference expects sex workers to give an explanation or any sort of justification for who we are or why we do what we do. They’ve been paying attention, linking to us, telling other people that they have to listen to us not just talk about us. They already know all of that, so this is about advancing the discussions, not repeating them. The mutual spirit of the conference is about supporting each other to do whatever we do better, safer and with confidence.

Throughout the planning for Sex 2.0, there’s been some discussion of it feeling like we are “preaching to the choir” by encouraging participation from those who are actually active in the intersections of social media and sexuality. Amber Rhea, Sex 2.0 founder has pointed out that, yes, we are inviting the choir and encouraging an intimate feel of this conference. This is choir rehearsal, not a recital. While the screening process is not as strong as you may expect at a Desiree Alliance conference, it’s still a pretty limited access space. Some presentations are formal, some are casual. Some are open to everybody, some are selective.

At its core, Sex 2.0 is also about freedom of expression and free speech, as anything about social media and networking ultimately is. Something critical for allies of sex workers to understand is that efforts to silence us through our advertisements in the back of publications or increased barriers in online posting are truly acts of censorship. Folks attending the Sex 2.0 conference seem to have a stronger understanding of how illegitimate suppression of the free speech rights of sex workers ultimately dominoes into increased suppression of the rights of all.

Audacia Ray and I are co-hosting a discussion about online collaborations for messaging during the Obama Administration. I’m pasting the description below. In addition to Sex 2.0, I hope many of you will be able to join us in DC for our first Bound, Not Gagged pre-conference happy hour!

Thanks,
Stacey

Bound, Not Gagged Happy Hour
Thursday May 7th, 2009

Sex 2.0
Saturday May 9th, 2009

Sex Work 2.0 in the time of Obama
Now that the United States has a new administration, sex workers and their allies are facing different challenges. In this session we ask (and attempt to answer): what should sex worker activists and allies be working toward with the new administration, and how can the average internet sex geek help? This discussion will be a strategy discussion about the messaging we feel the Obama Administration is most receptive to, the various points of entry within the Obama Admin (such as the new White House Council on Women and Girls, etc) and most specifically, map out a viral messaging campaign proposal to bring to the community. This session will plant a seed to advance online and new media collaboration, split up some of the work and identify tasks that can be delegated to various groups/activists who want to be active but aren’t sure what steps to take.
Co-presented by Stacey Swimme (Bound Not Gagged) and Audacia Ray (Sex Work Awareness)

Study: Children Exposed To Pornography May Expect Sex To Be Enjoyable

Study: Children Exposed To Pornography May Expect Sex To Be Enjoyable

Posted on behalf of Maxine Doogan

Bound, Not Gagged Happy Hour May 7th, 2009!

The Desiree Alliance is pleased to invite you to attend a happy hour to support our web blog project, BoundNotGagged.com

BoundnotGagged.com is a place for sex workers to respond to the way that we’re portrayed in the media and the way that sexist laws are used to undermine our rights. BoundnotGagged.com is our way of responding to the injustice and hypocrisy that keeps sex workers’ voices muted and faces hidden. Sex workers may be forced into hiding, but we refuse to be silent.

The Desiree Alliance is committed to creating space and campaigns that address self-identified needs of sex workers. We are proud to sponsor this project to provide a platform where sex workers can speak for ourselves.

Please join us in Washington DC for our first ever meet-up with some of the blog contributors and other friends and allies for sex workers rights.

Happy Hour
May 7th, 2009
5-7pm

Madam’s Organ
Soul Food Restaurant & Blues Bar
2461 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

This happy hour is a pre-event hosted in conjunction with Sex 2.0, focusing on the intersection of social media, feminism, and sexuality. BoundNotgagged.com is a proud sponsor of the second annual Sex 2.0 “un”-conference on May 9th, 2009 in Washington DC.

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Muff Muff Give – a $pread Benefit Party

Dear $pread Fans, Friends, and Contributors,
I will be guest hosting a really fun queer night in NYC on Thursday, April 16th, that will double as a $pread benefit party! Expect raunch, kink, hot queers, burlesque, and excellent DJs. It’s recession priced and more debauchery than you can count on one black dragon gloved hand. Hope to see you there!

A $pread Benefit Party

A $pread Benefit Party

May 8th: Video Advocacy Training for Sex Worker Organizing & Advocacy

Via The Sex Workers Empowerment Project — a video advocacy training in partnership with WITNESS,  for sex worker rights’ advocates will be held on May 8th in New York City.

Vodpod videos no longer available.
(video from WITNESS training with sex worker advocates in Macedonia)

The Sex Workers Empowerment Project (SWEP) and $pread Magazine are working with WITNESS to put together a full-day training on video advocacy, specifically for sex worker organizing and advocacy. This training will provide participants with a range of effective strategies for using video in their human rights documentation and advocacy, including a basic overview of filming and video editing. The training focuses on three types of projects:

(1) Setting up a “cop watch” program: Includes effectively utilizing video to present to UN treaty bodies in order to pressure responsible parties to take action to stop abuse by police.

(2) Incorporating video in legislative advocacy: Includes streaming video on the internet as part of advocacy campaigns and presenting focused, action-oriented video to key decision makers.

(3) Story-telling documentary: using video as a grassroots educational tool or as a fundraising tool. Continue reading