Rebecca Mott has a powerful new post up on her blog. She speaks about the disappeared and murdered women in prostitution. The sex industry ruthlessly covers this up. Almost every survivor know this. She asks readers to see themselves when they think of prostitutes. Please. Please. We implore you. See us. Put yourself in that room with us. Acknowledge our humanity. As Angel K recently wrote, “I am a human being and I deserve more.”
Here’s an excerpt from Rebecca’s post:
The punter can and does harm the prostitute for he views it as a non-event, he is just getting his money-worth.
Now remembering that – look clearly into what is wrong with indoors prostitution.
One myth that makes me sick is the myth that only street-based prostitutes get murdered.
There is no truth to that – for all prostitutes can be murdered, there is no safe place or standard of prostitution that stops those murders.
Most prostituted women and girls who were murdered after being picked on the streets are killed indoors.
They are killed in the punter’s living space, they are killed in hotels, they are killed above clubs.
If they are killed outdoors it is in secluded places, abandoned buildings or cars.
They are not killed in the public gaze, and they are thrown away.
Prostituted women and girls who work indoors live with the reality of being murdered, or knowing many prostitutes disappear as well.
Christ, being murdered or disappearing from prostitution is equal opportunities whether you are on the street or indoors.
The major difference with indoors prostitution is not the scale of deaths – it is how efficient the sex trade is at making all those deaths invisible.
All murders of indoors prostitutes are cleaned up in-house, or if it is seen by outsider is made out that it was some random sick punter or the prostitute did not keep herself safe enough.
I have never met any long-term prostitute from any form of prostitution – who did not know of prostituted women and girls who have disappeared or were most likely are dead.
We live with the disappeared each and every day – but we also live with being told it must be safe.
We fight for abolition to give those ghosts some real justice.
Please don’t sit on the fence, and allow more ghosts to be made.