Support for a sex worker kidnapped, held and tortured for 10 days.

A colleague forwarded this to me.  Similarities are eerie only she was able to escape.  My hope is that despite societies treatment of sex workers she can get justice against this man and that she has the support of the sex worker community in her fight for justice.

Hamilton man with ties to Aryan Nation charged; Victim, a prostitute, said he told her he was hired to sell her into sex slavery

HAMILTON – Held captive in a closet for 10 days and raped 18 times, a young woman says two things kept her alive: complying with “Wild Bill’s” strange demands – and thinking about seeing her two small children again.

“He would let me out only when he wanted to talk to me, rape me, feed me or bathe me,” the 22-year-old woman told The Enquirer on Monday, after city police announced they had arrested William Hobert Manis, 44, on 18 rape charges and a kidnapping count.

A friend of Manis, Mike Hamilton of Milford, says supporters are trying to post his $200,000 bond – and they don’t believe the accusations.

“There is no way he could’ve held anybody hostage without us knowing,” Hamilton said. He and others visited Manis’ Campbell Avenue repeatedly throughout the 10-day period of the alleged crimes, he said.

But authorities say evidence backs up the woman’s account of her bizarre confinement – and she described how Manis kept it secret.

As he hung out with friends, Manis kept her bound, gagged and under orders not to shift her position at all – or face consequences.

“He would hog-tie me, and tell me not to move. When he came back, if he saw I had changed position at all, he would strip me naked and put me in the attic – and it was as cold in there as it was outside,” she said. “That was my punishment.”

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  1. I stumbled upon this article. My stomach is in knots just reading the first part of the article. I want to help the mom & children. I myself have a fixed income of $735.00 a month due to a 40′ fall. So I can’t send money,. There must be some other things that they need besides money, Clothes, furniture, something i just feel so bad that this happened to them(the family) & it seems that this is risk that no one should have to take. What can be done to stop this.

  2. Phil, most sex workers feel the best way to fight this sort of thing is decriminalization. It’s impossible to stop crime entirely, but if voluntary adult prostitution were not illegal we could go to the police for help when we are attacked, raped or otherwise harmed.

    Would that have helped the young woman in the story? Possibly; if you read the entire article you’ll see that Manis was accused of a very similar crime before, but the charges were dropped. Why? I suspect his last victim was another streetwalker, and the case was dropped because the prosecutor felt she was not a credible witness. If I’m correct, this latest victim suffered because the testimony of the earlier victim was dismissed due to her profession.😦

  3. @Philip, I agree with Maggie. Especially given that I was in a similar situation to the victim in this case only she got away in 10 days, it took me nearly 3 years.

    With your limited resources, you still can contribute the most meaningful way by learning about and supporting decriminalization for consenting adult sex workers. We can never be free to trust the police or go to the police as long as we are criminalized. The defense attorney for this prick that abducted her is going to try to make his case on the fact that she was a prostitute and thus somehow deserved what she got. I’ve already seen that kind of sentiment raised in various message boards surrounding this case.

    What can be done to stop this? Work toward advocating human rights for sex workers and help work for constructive social change to prevent future victims like the woman in this case.

  4. oh wow wtf….so totally uncool…

    Jill my God…it makes me so sad that you and others had to go through that…and pretty fucking angry too. thank you for sharing. hugs.

    do you have the message board addys where ignorant jackasses have the balls to even insinuate that she deserved that??? that really pisses me off….I sure have a couple things to say to that.

    I must note that ignorance simply abounds on the Internet. For every little bit I manage to address it seems like another pops up.

    Philip, that is totally a way you can help….by sharing this story and how it has affected you with others. if you can open the eyes of one other person to these injustices than you are helping to eradicate ignorance and doing great service to victims of such.

    Maggie…not much gets by you does it🙂 I didn’t catch that when I read the article originally but sure did when you pointed it out. I’d bet money you’re right.

    love
    KJ

  5. @Kelly, I don’t have the addresses. I guess tracking them down would be a matter of googling the story. I think it was on the one of the local Cinci newspapers message boards tied to the article.

    People can and often are awful to victims of the type of situation she went through. I’ve had so many over the years chastise me on why I only made one escape attempt and never tried again or why I put myself in the situation and thus somehow deserved it. People have no idea how severe the punishment was for my one escape attempt. So severe I didn’t even contemplate escaping after it much less try. She was very brave that her escape attempt worked and that she as able to pull it off. Anyone that doesn’t believe her or feels she deserved it can totally fuck off.

  6. @Kelly – My friends don’t call me the Princess of Paranoia for nothing. 😉 Over the years I’ve noticed that a lot of information is hidden down at the ends of news articles or even “between the lines” as it were, so I always read them carefully so as to discern (if at all possible) the full implications of the story.

    @Jill – I totally agree with your last line. People love to tell others (especially sex workers) what they “should do” or “should have done” in a dangerous situation even if they have never experienced a similar ordeal.😦

  7. Yeah, I just had a protracted argument with two (otherwise intelligent) guys on my blog about how much “responsibility” victims of abusive relationships should shoulder for their own abuse; because, of course, abusers aren’t responsible for their own actions, it’s all the victims’ fault for “letting” it happen. People just don’t friggin get it.

    XX

  8. @Amanda, it amazes me how many people, usually men will try to assign a percentage of blame on a victim. Like it is some car accident in an intersection and an adjuster comes out to determine fault in percentages. You are totally right, people don’t get it. Like somehow the abuser should get a percentage out of being responsible.

  9. Some people who preach “individual accountability” only hold the victims accountable without really applying the same “individual accountability” to the perpetrators.

  10. SWA,

    Exactly. They sure do. Somehow, it seems the abusers are “victims” of everything, including nearly being goaded into abusing the actual victim. At least, according to some people’s logic.

    XX

  11. Okay, this is going to make most of you, if not all of you, pissed at me. I know you might not read beyond a kneejerk reaction. But, be aware that I’m not – at any point in these paragraphs – blaming the victim. Please, just read it through first, think about it and then rain down the fire if you must.

    This is my opinion about CHOICES.

    Every choice that every one of us makes dictates a result. Good, bad or indifferent, every choice makes something else happen; even doing nothing is still a choice. Most of our choices throughout our lives have desirable outcomes; some not so much. Occasionally, the consequences of our choices are downright scary; they can even be deadly. Being sex workers magnifies our choices. The good gets better. The bad…

    The bad is worse due to the unconscionable dictates of laws against sex work. We usually can’t go to the police if a client uses fraud or force against us. The laws don’t make sense because sex workers don’t use fraud or force. We don’t con our way into being companions and we don’t compel anyone to take what we’re offering. But, clients can and sometimes do. (Case in point.) However, the law says that, because we engage in something that “they” deem illegal, we’re not worthy of the same protections given to the rest of the citizens.

    But, we live with that knowledge when we choose to be sex workers. In any given moment, being an escort can turn into dangerous work, even with clients we’ve seen many times before.

    In this case, knowing that she wouldn’t have much recourse if her new client turned out to use force or fraud against her, she chose to go with this guy. Her choices landed her in this dangerous man’s hands. She could have made a different set of choices, but she didn’t. She chose to be a sex worker and to do so from the streets.

    I’m NOT saying she deserved it. FAR FROM IT! She suffered abuse. She endured rape. She feared for her life. NO ONE should go through that kind of terror and horror, regardless of her initial choices. (Ironically, I lived seven years through a dangerous, abusive situation as a married woman, not as a sex worker.)

    However, that doesn’t negate that her choices got her into this particularly dangerous situation. Any one of us, every time we choose to see a client as a sex worker, could find ourselves right where she found herself. I’m not blaming the victim. By logic alone, this happened in this instance because of her choices as a sex worker.

    That said, MY choice for Manis would be to lock him up with someone who has a Hannibal Lector or Jeffrey Dahmer mindset (and a handy knife and fork). After all, from a legal standpoint, Manis took her by fraud AND force. One or the other is usually enough to convict most people; he executed both. (His fraud: He conned her into thinking he was a good guy. His force: He raped her and kept her locked up against her will and abused her.) That would be my choice of punishment for this man.

  12. By making the choice to get out of bed in the morning, I increase my chances of meeting with misfortune. So am I responsible for any and all bad shit happening to me? Especially if it’s some very foul person doing harm to me?

    XX

  13. You also increase your chances of meeting with great good fortune.

    We all know that bad things happen to good people. Certain choices make those bad things or people less random, or more probable anyway.

    The fact that we sex workers have no protection under any kind of current laws in the USA increases our need to choose survival mode. At the same time, because we choose sex work, sometimes we’ll meet the nasty pieces of humans like Manis.

    I knew when I chose to become a sex worker that I might end up with a client who wanted to do me serious harm. I knew also that my choices in the sex work arena would mean police would probably dismiss any complaint of violence I might bring against a client. Knowing all that, I still made the choice to be a sex worker.

    I’m glad I made that choice. If I had the last 13 months to do over, I’d make the same choice.

    So, yes, certain choices could (not necessarily will, but Could) bring misfortune. Those same choices Could also bring a windfall of great good fortune.

  14. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago on my blog…

    “Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights necessitated by man’s nature as a rational being. The purpose of government in a free society is to protect those rights. These rights include the right to engage in self generated action (free will) as well as the right to property. A man’s free will is violated when made to act against his individual, personal, and voluntary will by the means of physical force. His right to property is the right to gain, keep, use, and dispose of material values without physical compulsion, coercion, or interference by other men. (The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Principles of a Free Society, principlesofafreesociety.com)”

    To expand on my point…although we obviously don’t live in an ideal society; at the very least, when someone’s basic inalienable rights are so completely and totally violated, that should be the focus and not whatever stupid little insignificant “law” the victim was breaking when their rights were violated.

    By dismissing crimes committed against sex workers because they are sex workers society is spitting on everyone’s God given rights!!! Who gives a fuck what they were doing when it happened, the point is that their rights were violated!!!

    I bet if the victim was a drug addict walking down the street looking for some crack and some guy picked her up and took her to his house under the premise of getting her high then raped, abused, and held her against her will for ten days, both law enforcement and society in general would be much more sympathetic.

  15. Kelly, she admitted to being a drug addict, and that was why she “trolled gritty East Avenue, prostituting herself to support her drug habit.”

    From her account, she’s lucky to be alive. Not only did she take the chance to escape when it came up, but it looks like, from the article, that the police believe her AND are actually going to prosecute the guy. Seems he’s done this kind of violence before.

    And what you said echoes my point about sex workers not forcing the guys to be with us, nor using trickery. We – for the most part – do this on our own.

    Perhaps that’s one of the main reasons the laws don’t support us: We support ourselves. We don’t ask for permission to be, to do or to have. We’re the uppity women of the Wild West – and the law doesn’t like anyone it can’t control.

    Anyway, this gal has brought the guy to the police’s attention, and they’re doing something about it.

    Bet we don’t hear anything more about it, though. Or if any other information is released, it’ll be buried on the backside page of the classifieds.

  16. “the law doesn’t like anyone it can’t control.”

    Exactly so, and that’s the reality behind all prohibitionist rhetoric no matter what it claims.

    Jolene, I think what you’re arguing in this thread is that even though we all acknowledge that our choices as sex workers could lead to danger or harm, that those choices are ours to make and the government has no right to take them from us. Is my understanding correct? Because if so then I totally agree.

  17. Maggie: thank you. Yes.

  18. No sex worker (to my knowledge) feels that violence and disease is part of the job description. We make the choice to be sex workers, but it never ever means we are asking for terrible things to happen, even though they do.

    XX

  19. I remembered the article mentioned her drug addiction after I posted that but you totally got my point regardless🙂

    Jolene, Maggie – re control – exactly!

    That right there is part of of what I like about being a sex worker – freedom from control. I love my right to liberty and don’t intend to give it up quietly.

    KJ

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