Whenever you feel like people don’t treat you like you’d like, always remember that as recently as the 1990’s, police officers confessed to using the term NHI (No Humans Involved) to justify their refusal to investigate brutal murders of more than 40 prostitutes in California between 1985 and 1992.
A few Sources: Critical Condition: Women on The Edge of Violence
The Los Angeles Prostitute Killer (a quote from this site: “… all victims in the current investigation are black.”)
In 2010, after one (the police always assumed there were multiple active serial killers in the same area, all hunting prostitutes) killer took a 12 year hiatus from murdering prostitutes of color before beginning again, police finally arrested him. He was a black man. While an older Jewish man who exclusively dated black women was suspected for years, he was never charged.
Gary Ridgeway, also known as the Green River Killer, was convicted of murdering 48 prostitutes and, in the end, confessed to almost twice that number. He killed between 1980 and 1990 and was apprehended in 2001 for the murders.
Ask yourself if it would take law enforcement 20 years to find a person who murdered 96 people. Ask yourself. Ninety-six women went missing. So, as in our quote above, just… always remember. (via sexworkerproblems)
In a small town not too far from where I live, for the last 8 years sex workers have been being killed by a serial killer there. It’s almost like a running joke, people will point out “who’s killing Jennings?” followed not long afterward by “they’re all dope addicts and prostitutes”. It’s suspected that it’s a police officer that is committing the murders, and the Sheriff is apathetic because they “all lived high-risk lifestyles”.
They don’t see us as real people.
Link to the story: http://www.truecrimereport.com/2009/10/eight_murdered_women_a_serial.php
but allowing the cops authority to govern our work is totally a great idea! “prostitution is immoral and rightfully illegal” as so many abolitionists say, showing the enormous feminist compassion and concern they have for sex workers.
Sooo many people don’t see us as actual humans. Even many of our would-be allies treat us as pawns in their ideological chess games. When you’re ideologically inconvenient, you’re ignored or attacked or treated as an out and out liar. I remember feeling amazed to be treated like a real person at work in my early years - I certainly wasn’t outside it.
It’s making me really mad all the non-sex worker reactions to the condom arrests in New York (which for some reason non-sex workers on tumblr are just now getting wind of). All these non-workers reactions are something like “Oh my god, this could happen to anyone!” Like it’s not bad enough when it’s happening to whores(I am a whore), it’s only a real problem when all these “normal” women who just happen to be carrying condoms are arrested. Ew.
- From an anonymous friend of the site, made rebloggable by request.
We agree! We wholeheartedly agree!
oohhhhhh yeah. I feel like I’m on autopilot now when I carefully explain that no, getting profiled as a sex worker and arrest on a prostitution offense for carrying condoms can’t happen to “anyone” and yes, you should still care. (that said I will keep explaining that and encouraging people to bitch to their elected reps about how ridiculous it is, and damn we need to get bill S1379/A2736 passed this year.
Causal reminder that Cece McDonald is still in prison for defending herself against a neo-Nazi who would have killed her if she hadn’t fought back.
At 5 you’re too young because 5 year olds believe they’re superman. At 11 you’re too young because puberty hasn’t set in yet. At 16 you’re too young because puberty hormones mess with everyone. At 18 you’re too young for the same reason. And after 18 you’re too old because if you were really trans you would have said something by now.What people really want is for trans people to stop existing so we stop challenging the common, incorrect idea that men and women are as separate and uncrossable as if they were separate species.