Protest Against BackPage Harms Sex Workers AND Trafficking Victims

The coming November 16, 2011 protest against Backpage by CATW, NOW-NYC and Prostitution Research and Education is another example of harmful actions and campaigns by elitist feminist academics against both consenting sex workers and trafficking victims.  These alleged feminist activists claim they are fighting human trafficking by protesting Backpage  to force the closure of its adult advertising, but his is theatrical garbage activism that is toxic to the very people they purport to be trying to help.

 

I am a consenting sex worker.  I was, at one time, a human trafficking victim.  I am still doing sex work in my 40′s because I need the money to pay bills, including medical needs related to multiple blood clots in my lungs; without sex work I could not afford the medical care that I need to survive.  It is not the right of alleged feminists to take my income or that of so many of those like me.  We work to live and to pay our bills, just like you high and mighty CATW, PRE and NOW-NY activists…well, most of you anyway; many of your ranks are college students that know little about the issues faced by those of us who did not get high school or college options.

 

Backpage adult advertisers are nearly all independent sex workers who are neither pimped nor trafficked, and shutting down Backpage would eliminate a major advertising venue that we use to stay independent.  You would know this if you asked us rather than feigning expertise.  We need our jobs and will keep them, but the closure of advertising spaces makes us vulnerable to the very pimps and traffickers that this garbage activism claims to be fighting.  When our independence is taken away we become vulnerable to predators that will exploit our labor because we lack options.  When I was a teenage trafficking victim and advertising venues closed for whatever reason, I wasn’t freed from prostitution.  My sadist pimp didn’t suddenly end my captivity and free me; he just put me on the street instead, which was far more dangerous to my safety and exposed me to the harsh elements.  I would truly like to see these supposed experts work the street for weeks in the winter in a northern city and come back and tell me that I was better off because advertising failed and I was out in the cold.  Still a slave, just a much colder and much more vulnerable one getting into cars alone.

 

You high and mighty abolitionist activists disgust me; if you knew anything about this issue you wouldn’t be taking this rubbish approach.  Yes, you can trot out your “survivor” activists who were harmed in the sex industry to advance your position, but these survivors are allowing their pain to misguide them into promoting a criminalization model in order to ostensibly end harm to prostitutes by ending prostitution.   I, too worked to advance that garbage until I woke up and realized the harm I was causing as an abolitionist filled with the bullshit lies of abolitionist feminism, a movement led by vacuous intellectuals who were never prostitutes and choose to assuage their pain by tearing away the rights of those in the sex industry.

 

Let me tell you what your efforts to “eliminate” prostitution actually accomplish:  You team with law enforcement officers who disingenuously claim to care about trafficking victims but are actually seeking to arrest more prostitutes.  We suffer as a result of your alleged “concern”; the risk of arrest keeps us from having access to law enforcement when we are the victims of crime while doing our jobs.  Pimps and violent clients know that we can’t go to the police and won’t because we fear the police, getting arrested and all the consequences that come with arrest.  We can’t be honest with our doctors when we suffer brutal rapes and assaults because we can’t explain our injuries without exposing ourselves to legal risk.  You think that’s a positive?  Try having a violent LEO client brutally rape you, suffocate you with a trash bag and hit you in the head so many times that you are taken via ambulance to the ER, incoherent with a major concussion, and are not even able to honestly explain how you were injured.

 

You think it’s worthwhile abolitionists?  Try meeting with a “reputable” businessman who realizes you are legally defenseless and so feels safe in overpowering you, tying you to a bed and beating and sodomizing you with a bamboo cane while forcing you to count the strokes.  You take 493 violent blows all over your body as I did; the bastard shoved my underwear and fee into my mouth and left me blindfolded, bleeding and tied to a bed.  Please….  Come tell me feminist anti prostitution activists protesting Backpage how I benefit from your activism.  Tell the other sex workers who saw me immediately following these assaults if I was better off with your criminalization.  And now you wish to further criminalize prostitution AND close our advertising venues.  Great.  So I and others like me can be criminalized and shoved into the hands of pimps and traffickers.  You and your activism disgust me.

 

Tell me how your efforts helped me or the “submissive girlfriend” of a man who wished to beat her so hard before my eyes that I truly doubted that “girlfriend” actually consented.  I’ve seen these people first hand.  I’ve been harmed by them.  I’ve been absolutely vulnerable to them, and this man was one of them.  I could do nothing but reject his offer to hire me; I had no way to report my suspicions to the police without risking arrest myself, and as a prostitute I had zero social credibility even if I did go to the police.  Likewise, the “girlfriend” had no protection from being arrested if she was ever found.  I went to a friend who is also a police officer and asked for advice, and was told to leave it alone:  there wasn’t enough evidence and as a sex worker I wouldn’t be deemed credible enough for law enforcement to take action, yet I would expose myself without helping her.  Maybe she will get lucky like I did and get away through a fluke, but it sure as hell won’t be because Backpage was shut down or because we are all made criminals; instead, there will be far more like her.  Perhaps some who are independent escorts now will end up like her, brutally harmed because their options for safety were taken away by grandstanding activists and their clueless and self advancing politician and law enforcement allies.

 

Feminist anti-prostitution activists protesting Backpage:  you are harming both consenting sex workers and trafficking victims.  You can write all the pretty press releases about fighting trafficking, sexual slavery and pimps that you want to, but I have lived the reality of your “work”.  Someone has to expose your lies and self-serving career advancement tactics that harm the rest of us.  I have been hurt in the sex industry – a lot – and the hurt continued because I was and am a criminal, deprived of rights.  I can call you on your BS from the perspective of someone who has been harmed because of you, and I am happy to do it because you are toxic, harmful frauds.  Preach to your choir and get your support there because those of us that are hurt by you know who you are; we know what you are doing and we are paying the price for your toxic activism.  Now come tell me how I benefit from your “work”.

24 Responses

  1. Beautiful anger, Jill. The antis need to hear this.

  2. @Amanda, I was a bit annoyed when I wrote this😉

  3. Another very powerful, thought-provoking, and emotion-proking post, Jill. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

  4. This editorial ( http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/10/4046251/leading-human-rights-groups-to.html ) doesn’t say NOW is one of the sponsors. It mentions Equity Now as a co-sponsor, but not NOW as in the National Organization for Women. It does say that somebody from NOW-NYC will speak, but there are different NOW chapters across the country and some people in this organization are more supportive of sex workers than others, this person isn’t necessarily representative of NOW national or all NOW chapters. Some sex worker advocates are also part of NOW and have attended NOW national conferences.

    At the bottom of the editorial linked to in the previous paragraph, it says to click onto CATW and PRE’s websites to find a list of all the co-sponsors of this protest, but I clicked onto both links and couldn’t find this list. Can anybody find it? The editorial says there are over 100 co-sponsors, but I don’t know who all of them are. They listed a few in the editorial, but no where near 100.

  5. Oops, I meant to say Equality Now is mentioned as a co-sponsor, not Equity Now. Sorry for the typo.

  6. Hi Vegas Vixen. This is where I got it. You are right that it is NOW NYC. Which I will change it to reflect that.
    http://www.nownyc.org/women/index.php/events.php

  7. That explains it. Thank you for the clarification, Jill.

  8. It has been edited for consistency now (thank you Maggie). I wrote to PRE, CATW, NOW-NY. I don’t think they like what I have to say very much… So much for getting a CATW Christmas Card this year😉

    I wonder what comes after protesting Back Page? Protesting the Holiday Inn because traffickers might be there?

    If they listened to us rather than pretending to be experts on what they aren’t, they would realize that Back Page is made up in a huge percentage by independent escorts. Without that, we become prey to traffickers. Not that these protesters care.

  9. My pleasure, Jill.🙂

  10. […] I do agree sites like; BackPage & CityVibe could do more to prevent their sites being used by those who sell children but, shutting them down is not an option and no one could have stated better why these sites need to stay open then Bound, Not Gagged “Protest Against BackPage Harms Sex Workers AND Trafficking Victims” […]

  11. this post really gives me shit to think about. i’m not a sex worker and i don’t personally know any sex workers, so i’ve always wondered about these anti-prostitution movements/laws/etc. i mean, it seems like people who aren’t sex workers run around making all these decisions about things they may or may not know anything about.

    i guess that’s the problem, isn’t it? ignorant people making decisions for other people? it seems to me that anti-prostitution laws aren’t about protecting sex workers at all.

    this is a totally powerful post and i’m glad to have read it.

  12. There was a protest against Backpage on the same day in Phoenix. Here’s an article about it from the Phoenix New Times. They express disagreement with the protest, saying it’s based on misinformation: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/11/activists_picketing_new_times.php .

  13. Really powerful post. I’ve always said we need to separate sex work into those who choose to do it, and those trafficked into forced sex work, especial children and women who cross borders being sold into it. Any sex worker knows that the majority (if not the entirety) of people using ads like Craigslist and Backpage are independent, and choose to advertise themselves–so we’re easy targets to shut down. I find it laughable and ultimately tragic, that we don’t see more stories about law enforcement shutting down massage parlours with trafficked women or mob backed prostitution rings–no, just white educated women that blog are targeted by . . . white educated women that also blog.

  14. I love these Phoenix protesters that are responding to the thread stating they were “there” fighting for the 13th amendment as the basis for their protest. Please…… They know nothing other than CATW and PRE cliche. Which I may have mentioned to them (in my usual loving and diplomatic manner😉 ) in the thread VV posted from PHX.

  15. You make some good points Justine, but not all women who cross borders or work in the massage parlors are trafficking vicitms, and some are being incerated and deported. This attitude has been used against migrant sex workers and massage parlor workers so much. Law enforcement shutting down massage parlors isn’t a good thing if the women are working consensually and depend on these jobs to make a living.

    I doubt that just White educated women advertise on Backpage, so I don’t think they’re the only ones who will be affected if it shuts down the adult services section. White educated women certainly aren’t the only people being targeted, nor do I think they’re the most likely to be targeted.

  16. Sorry for the typo, I meant to say “incarcerated” in the previous message, not “incerated”.

  17. Nor are educated white women the only sex workers who blog.

    The vast majority of the arrests in the news are of consenting adults. There are plenty of sex workers who news-blog and there aren’t many stories about “mob-backed prostitution rings” getting busted because there aren’t that many in existence. Massage parlour raids do get blogged about since most massage parlour workers are consenting adults and sex workers feel this is an outrage.

  18. […] Jill Brenneman on the problems with anti-Backpage protests. […]

  19. Jill…..

    Insightful, thought provoking perspective from the battle front of the sex worker industry.
    As a former united nations social worker having actively managed four orphanages in Uganda, Mali, Rawanda and Kosovo, I saw first hand the results of so-called human rights activism of those people who wanted to eradicate sex work in those respective war-torn countries. It made better use of time then and now to address the inequities in the ideology of capitalism and food security issues that drive many to sex work and war.

    Keep the fire burning! Amandala.

  20. There was a counterprotest in New York City against the Backpage protest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-chen/village-vioce-backpage-sex_b_1089062.html .

  21. This is nothing more than a MORAL WITCH HUNT at the tax payers expense. We spend 250 million last year to stalk and arrest 80,000 consenting adults who met in private.
    Meanwhile we have created STUPID LAWS that put all females in the adult entertainment industry at risk. We created laws that allow our teens to run of with their boyfriends, and end up being exploited and we want to treat then like VICTIMS, instead of the UNGOVERNABLE TEENS they are. Its not OK to enable these teens, as we should lock them up in boot camp until they can behave themselves and hold the PARENTS and TEENS accountable for their own behavior. The most HARM, HARASSMENT and DISCRIMINATION is focused on the escort. She is stalked, preyed upon by BAD COPS, Serial killers (Long Island has 10 dead escorts buried there and they think its an ex cop) criminalized so we can never get a real job again, or even fair housing. We are forced to become social outcasts of our own communities and we enter the lifestyle due to POVERTY, yet there are NO SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHO WANT OUT OF THE LIFESTYLE, but we have no problem spending 250 million a year TO PUNISH THESE WOMEN because of their sexual beliefs. We teach society that these women “get what they deserve” and mean while lets look at what else your tax dollars bought.
    2009 CT escort 55 years old, was arrested they found 30,000 in cash and a bank account with over 600,000 and they legally stole this women’s life savings, and most likely this independent escort is now homeless.
    2011 Ct chief of police arrested for CHILD PORN
    2011 Lowell MA cop arrested for RAPING STREET HOOKER.
    2010 Boston court house clerk, sentenced to 2 years for threatening women with pending cases for sex inside HOLDING CELLS.
    2010 PA chief of police engages in sex acts with 13 women and then arrests them all for prostitution.
    2010 PA cop arrested for running a prostitution ring, renting the women cars and providing them heroine. He got paid leave from work and the charges dismissed.
    2011 Ohio cop gets caught with a 17 years old hooker and admits he has paid her for sex several times and isn’t not charged with a felony.
    2011 When they dismissed the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after they had pulled him off a plane leaving the country after RAPING A NEW YORK MAID, then as soon as they find out the maid was a ESCORT, they drop all the charges and call her a liar, even though other women have come forward and said he had raped them too.
    This is just a few,, they are in the media daily for ABUSING WOMEN, we even have 2 cops on trial for murdering their wives and these are the people we put in charge of STALKING ADULT FEMALE ESCORTS DOWN ONLINE.
    We recently had a FL jury convict a female escort for prostitution at trial, even though the state had not proved the case, and the judge had to throw the conviction out because THE STATE NEVER PROVED IT. I think its SAD that a jury would let Cassey Anthony go when they could prove the case against her, but not the ESCORT. The cops are arresting escorts all the time even though they have not proven that they were breaking the law. Just having a legal escort ad, will get a judge to sign a warrant to use a swat team to kick in the door of the women’s home.
    This HATRED we encourage society to FEEL toward ESCORTS is a form of BULLYING, and we wonder why have to create new laws to stop our kids from bullying, and this is the message we still sell to society.
    We know they can’t police 1% of the adult industry on a good day, so its all based on FEAR, this story tells all men not to provide escorts with screening information because they MIGHT FIND THE BLACKBOOK, and meanwhile we have dead escorts piling up on a Long Island beach. Yet they claim they want to RESCUE US because we are being EXPLOITED.
    We have created JOHN schools, so men can pay a fine and take a class and walk away with NO CRIMINAL RECORD, but if your Governor Spitzner, your not prosecuted and you get your own show on CNN after your caught with escorts.
    Lets look at how the MEDIA treats these women. They print the lies the cops tell them about these arrests. The cops CLAIM they saw a online ad offering sex for cash when the truth is the ad had a rate for escorts time and companionship. The the media PRINTS THE WOMENS NAME + ADDRESS, even though she hasn’t been convited of anything yet, and now any STALKER READING THE PAPER CAN GO MURDER HER. Yet when these cops abuse, rape and murder women, or monsters prey on our children, WE DON”T PRINT THEIR NAMES + ADDRESSES. Registered sex offenders are FREE to walk around in OUR PARKS, but we STALK DESPERATE WOMEN DOWN ONLINE. Talk about a LACK OF COMPASSION and HUMANITY, and DECENTLY…. We should be ASHAMED that we TOLERATE such HATRED AGAINST THESE WOMEN over their SEXUALITY. We use to treat gay people just as badly, and society finally WOKE UP and realized Gays were just people too. Guess what ESCORTS are people too, these are our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends.
    But the lowest of the low as far as MORALS and DECENTLY, is to use this BLACK BOOK story to try and smear politicians regardless of the RISK that this puts on all the escorts.
    The most IRONIC part of the MORAL WITCH HUNT, is that is is LEGAL TO BE A SKANK and give sex away to strangers. Turn on the Nancy Grace show, and see tons of women bringing home strange men, with their small kids in the next room and then acting all surprised when there kids are molested and go missing. But this is LEGAL and seems to be sociably acceptable. Society claims they don’t want to live near a massage spas “where a happy ending might be taking place” but they don’t care if their neighbor is regularly bringing home strange men and behaves like a SKANK in front of the neighbors.
    Any citizen of the USA deserves the right to dial 911 for HELP without fear of being persecuted over their sexual beliefs, especially when they are a consenting adult and are in PRIVATE. We found when the Craigslist killer murder the Boston girl, he then went to RI and robbed a escort and she was able to dial 911 because INDOOR PROSTITUTION was legal and she had SANCTION + PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. The attorney genersl lied to the public and said Craigslist would not cooperate even though they gave them the killers IP address so they could track him down to his apartment and arrest him. The TRUTH is the attorney generals office DOES NOT WANT TO COOPERATE WITH THE ESCORTS, they only want to PUNISH them all because the women to GIVE SEX AWAY, like other women. Its a form of SLAVERY and SURPRESSION, because we all know ALL MEN NEGOTIATE FOR SEX,and NO WOMEN has sex without EXPECTING SOMETHING. So men are not even paying for sex, they are paying to get out of “the normal obligation”. Men have learned even when they go out and find a SKANK giving it away at the bar, that when they wake up with this CRAZY women who is trying to ATTACH HERSELF to their lives, that it wasn’t fee. Even married women negotiate for sex, do you think they would continue to “give it up” if the husbands didn’t work and pay the bills and provide for the families.
    Yet in REALITY any person who was cold and hungry enough would turn a trick for a blanket and burger.
    Moral are based on religious beliefs and have nothing to do with someones CHARACTER

  22. I think indoor prostitution should be decriminalized, not legalized as there is a HUGE difference.

    http://www.alternet.org/books/148327/how_19th_century_prostitutes_were_the_freest,_wealthiest,_most_educated_women_of_their_time

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/on-the-records-a-well-preserved-roadmap-to-perdition/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Act

    Once you do a bit of reading what you find out is that back in the 19th century, marriage WAS SLAVERY. Women were not allowed to leave home till they married and marriage was a BUSINESS. Women were not allowed to go in public alone, nor work or vote and if they inherited property it became their husbands and the husband was FREE to beat and rape his wife.
    In 1910 we created the MANN ACT (the white slavery act) that was suppose to be to stop Human Trafficking, yet the real reason was to stop white women from fraternizing with black men. The Mann Act also gave CONGRESS its power and formed the FBI.
    Our federal law states that each state has the right NOT make its own prostitution laws and in order to be charged with the Mann act one would have to exploit another person into prostitution and cross state lines. This was the way the Fed’s are suppose to intervene.
    Yet in 2010 the FBI spend a 800,000 grant in just 3 days supposedly to do a 3 day nationwide child prostitution sting. After arresting 884 people, we had 69 TEEN RUNAWAYS, along with their 99 pimps boyfriends and also caught up in the mix were over 700 adults looking to meet with another consenting adult in private. During this sting, more middle aged people were arrested than THE TEENS THEY WANTED TO RESCUE.

    Now we have Bill hr 5575 gong to congress which is to ask for hundreds of millions for services for these TEEN victims and the bill clearly states that any women over the age of 20 would NOT be eligible for services, and most of the money would be spend training FBI and vice to STALK MIDDLE AGED ESCORTS ONLINE.
    Now every city already has a whole juvenile court, a dept of child services, foster homes, boot camps and reform schools, but the women OVER 20 years of age have NO SERVICES. These people are trying to convince us that these RUNAWAY TEENS ARE VICTIMS and they are really UNGOVERNABLE TEENS that ran off with their boyfriends that exploited them. Are we not suppose to hold these teens accountable for their own behavior, why return them them with no real intervention to just run off again, and why is the parents not being held accountable for the COST OF RESCUING THEIR UNGOVERNABLE TEEN. Why not lock these teens up to protect them from themselves?
    Original prostitution laws were created “to stop a women from showing her wares in public” The media likes to portray all prostitutes as curb crawling drug addicts and yet most are really middle aged single parents desperately trying to escape POVERTY.
    Last year we spend 250 million to arrest 80,000 people for prostitution, that 250 million could have housed 80,000 women and children long term.

    Yet anyone wanting to legalize prostitution wants the women to help pay off the deficit, nobody is even considering creating long term services for women who do want to exit the industry. Or they want these women to be forced to work in brothels where they would have to give half their earnings to the brothel owner, pay rent and then pay taxes and not be able to refuse any clients.
    We are no dumb women, we know how to screen clients, advertise and choice our rates for our time. We not not need to be regulated anymore than any other business does, so why would we place regulations on this industry that is not placed on any other business. Why do we make it our business?
    In Rhode Island, in 1976 a federal laws suit was filed in RI by a women named Mona St.James who later formed the organization COYOTE . The complaint was what right did they state have in the sexual conduct of consenting adults, and also they were only arresting the women and not the men. The case was dismissed by a compromise and indoor prostitution became legal in RI in 1979.
    For 30 years there was never one case of human trafficking, women could work for massage spas or from their homes. There was never one public nuisance complaint in over 30 years (too bad we can’t say that about nightclubs). The police never bothered to go into any spa, and check for ID to make sure the girls were of legal age and in the country legally. Yet they did run front page news articles about how sad it was that one could buy sex a block from city hall. These businesses were licensed and paid taxes and they even donated money to the state police and other local charities and the women spend their money in the other local businesses.
    In 2009 the Craigslist killer, killed a girl in Boston and then went to RI and robbed a escort and he was CAUGHT because the escort dialed 911 as she had PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW.

    Then in Nov 2009 they criminalize indoor prostitution (putting all the women in the state in harms way) as they claimed they could not investigate human trafficking without criminalizing us.
    Ironically the police go in to strip clubs all the time and do ID checks and ask the girls if they are OK but for some reason they insisted this would not work in RI.
    Now we have 10 women who have murdered in Long Island and even though they knew at least 5 of these girls were online escorts, the cops told the media that serial killers rarely murder hookers, one man on Long Island reported the women coming to door asking for help and when he told her he was calling the cops to help her, she ran off and has never been seen again. The man reported this in May 2010 and it took till Aug 2010 for them to follow up, and even a CNN reported wants to know if a prompt investigation was not done because after all these girls were JUST HOOKERS.
    Theproviderpage.com/cms is a place dedicated to THE SAFETY & PROTECTION of escorts, we are trying to find services for women WHO do want to exit the industry and we are also trying to create new laws to protect sex workers and stop the discrimination against them.
    Some cites want to create JOHN school so the men can walk away within criminal record. Even if a women has a 20 year old prostitution conviction, she can never get a job, or even rent an apartment.
    Law enforcement is in the news weekly, for exploiting these TEENS themselves, or for abusing hookers and some of these women are even raped and beaten while in custody just because they are prostitutes.
    To go a step further we ENCOURAGE society to hate these women with the “they get what they deserve attitude”. The cops brag to the media that they will continue to run these women from there communities. Do we really think these women would be better off or an safer living in the streets?

    Since they criminalize all the women in RI, the homeless rate for women in RI has increased 20% so far this year and the shelters are FULL.
    Now lets look at MORALS. It is legal and even sociably acceptable for a women to pick up a strange man in a nightclub, bring him he and have unprotected sex with him, while her small children are in the home. Men are now reporting that most women give it up by the 3rd date.
    Then we have the REAL HATERS that say they do NOT want it in their neighborhoods, while I agree with no allowing BROTHELS or Spa’s In a residential neighborhood, but wha about the independent escort. If you can have sex with whoever in your home, why can’t I, and we seem to only have issues with sex WHEN ITS NOT FREE.
    A Canadian judge ruled last year “that no public nuisance equals allowing women to be murdered” of course its ow in appeals court and they are trying to stop the sex workers from being able to testify in court.
    Then lets look at how the cops investigate these women, they use SWAT TEAMS to kick in the doors or these women homes, and then issue them a summons to appear, and some of these women are held on bonds as high as 20,000 even though they have not been charged with a felony.
    Sex workers are always court ordered for STD testing but the MEN/CLIENTS are not, even though they are the ones with the riskiest behaviors and even though our own heath dept studies show that “hookers have less std’s than the general public does and this is also true in Canada and these facts were presented to RI politicians by a Canadian Dr.
    NY has created a law that ANYONE CAN BE ARRESTED FOR CARRYING CONDOMS, that is not the way to promote safe sex, I think law enforcement WHO is swore to PROTECT & SERVE should be out handing out condoms to the street girls to help protect them and the public.

    Now lets look a the Human Trafficking advocates that have been collecting donations for the fight against human trafficking for years, the provide no services to the victims; instead the spend the money touring the country, like a politician, lying to the media about how many teens are being exploited. These grouped are anti prostitution groups in disguise and are the one PUTTING OUR YOUTH & WOMEN AT RISK by REFUSING US the same SANCTION & PROTECTION under the law given to all other citizens. Now if this is really about human trafficking, then why when they find a midlde aged escort do they arrest her?
    THE SOLUTION:
    If we decriminalize and make these women pay for a year license which would go to the heath dept so these women would have access to Health care, the women could pay taxes into state, federal and social security and even unemployment, but part of their taxes would go directly for services for women WHO want to exit the adult industry.
    I always want to ask one of these DO GOODERS that if they were cold enough and hungry enough don’t they think they would turn a trick for a blanket and burger, so why be so JUDGMENTAL about SEX.

  23. […] anti-trafficking advocates have a difficult enough time identifying victims, this objective seems counterintuitive to anti-trafficking measures in its potential to further drive the sex trade underground and […]

  24. […] anti-trafficking advocates have a difficult enough time identifying victims, this objective seems counterintuitive to anti-trafficking measures in its potential to further drive the sex trade underground and […]

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