Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Craig's List Killer

In general I don't blog about things that I have only passing interest/knowledge of but what's a rule without an exception?

I don't understand why much of the focus in this case has turned to the internet and it's culpability in the death of Julissa Brisman. Granted, my sampling is very small but Kelly Ripa represents every American woman, right? She and Oprah were really shaken about how ripe with danger cyberspace is. Um, Oprah sexual sadists don't need a computer to gain access to prey, sometimes people hire them to educate children. And Jack the Ripper wasn't cruising message boards.

The escort business is inherently dangerous. The actual duties of the job come with perils but it's illegality forces it underground, where psycho paths can really flourish.

I've come across a couple of articles from mainstream sources discussing the continuation of the Craig's List "erotic" sections but none examining the pros and cons of the continuation of criminalizing prostitution (though I believe the woman was technically present to dance or massage her murderer) .


  1. Or sometimes they get jobs at Assisted Living Facilities and pick out the residents who are demented and confused to prey could you find a better victim..someone who everyone assumes is already out of their mind?

  2. "The escort business is inherently dangerous."

    That's not true at all. You might want to read Amanda Brooks for more information, for a start. The stigmatized and criminalized nature of sex work perpetuates a system wherein sex workers are disproportionately the victims of violent crime *and unable to report those crimes*, but it is not the work itself that is inherently dangerous. Until more people get rid of that dehumanizing idea, we will still have a long way to go in the struggle for sex workers' human rights.

  3. You're absolutely right, that was a careless sentence and I'm glad you pointed it out. You elucidated my point much more clearly than I did. I should have said that sex work is no more dangerous than a host of other professions...

    And goodness knows there are enough people impeding sex workers rights, I don't want to even inadvertently contribute to that.

  4. No problem, it's kind of my thing. ;)

    "...but none examining the pros and cons of the continuation of criminalizing prostitution."

    Well, the media doesn't want to discuss that, it's not sensationalistic enough and would take actual reporting.