The perspectives of sex workers are sidelined in the public discourse on sex ads. Of the many politically savvy voices that fill the debate, few belong to the human beings on whose bodies this culture war is being waged.
This is certainly an important question and one that bears directly on the impact of the accelerating sex trade. But 202 subjects recruited in the local paper by an activist with an ax to grind doesn't seem to be good science.
Amid the lit candles and the haunting reading of names, I will attend a vigil to commemorate sex workers who have been assaulted, battered, and murdered, who we have chosen to criminalize instead of protect.
There's tremendous disingenuousness at work in the campaign against elementary school teacher Melissa Petro, who's been suspended by Mayor Bloomberg himself after her sex working past gained national attention. What exactly does Petro's removal teach children?
For all the "victims" of the "adult services" section of Craigslist, there are a number of individuals like myself -- free-thinking human beings -- who are are being stifled by our so-called advocates.