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.
If this book helps people see that men and women who have sex for money are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, I will be happy. If it shines a compassionate light into the sex ghetto, it'll be worth all the slings and arrows.