Selling Consensual Sex Means Jail. Doctor Sexually Assaults 7 Women, No Jail

This is so wrong on so many levels. 

From USA Today  31 May 2013

Seven women tearfully recounted in court how their doctor abused their trust to sexually exploit them.  Then they watched a judge sentence him to probation Thursday instead of prison.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/05/31/iowa-doctor-sexual-abuse/2376235/

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Zumba fitness instructor who pleaded guilty to using her Maine studio as a front for prostitution is going to jail, bringing to an end a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and exhibitionism.

Alexis Wright was sentenced Friday under a plea agreement to 10 months in jail for 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/31/zumba-instructor-to-be-sentenced-for-prostitution/2374943/

 

 

Cleveland Kidnapping

I understand this is a bit off topic as there hasn’t been information released, to my knowledge, isn’t inherently related to sex work. Although as sex workers we are all vulnerable to this kind of situation. Some of us have faced it first hand ourselves.

But for anyone who knows me or knows of me these events obviously touch me on many levels very deeply.

These girls are heroes beyond imagination. While the man who helped get them out is being called the hero and he is. His efforts still are tiny in comparison to what these girls endured for ten years. If they ever stumble on to this blog I hope they know that anything they did to survive is something to be honored and cherished.

I have seen very ignorant commentators in the news related to this state they can’t believe these girls had no chance to escape in ten years. People who say things like that have no idea what they are talking about. While it is now coming out that they were kept in restraints. Being kidnapped, raped, likely tortured, and fearing that anything they do may cause them horrendous pain or to be killed is a more powerful restraint than anything physical could ever be.

I am so pleased these women escaped. And so hope that they all find love, support and assistance to help them go through the very difficult recovery process. Hopefully the women will hear a lot of people tell them that they did nothing to deserve this. This was a choice by psychopaths to do this to them and that they will get all the love, support and whatever else they need to rebuild their lives and somehow go on from this.

As someone who went through something very similar to this. I am so pleased they were able to escape and so hope they get all the support they need. I endured far less than ten years of what they did and know the staggering effect it has had on me. Ten years is almost hard to fathom.

The women are heroes. What it took to survive this and to take the chance to escape is courage beyond pale.