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Lady Justice is supposed to be blind

untitledIf you to believe that the penalty for rape should not be determined by the occupation of the victim. Please join me in becoming vocal about the disparity in justice for the victims. Rape of a sex-worker should not be a lesser crime. Justice is a women and she is supposed to be blind, but she is dishing out penalties based entirely on the occupation of the victim. This is clearly injustice!
The Jill Meagher Tragedy
The judicial system decided that the rape of 5 women was not a significant crime because they were sex workers. Hence he was released from jail having served less than three years for raping five women. He was then free to kill a non-sex worker. NOW it’s a real crime and tragedy. Wake up! Had equal justice occurred Jill would still be alive. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-19/jill-meaghers-husband-calls-her-killers-sentence-a/4766768
3 years for multiple rape of over 100 women.
Here is another appalling example of the toothless tiger that is the justice systems prejudice.…Three years in jail! Should have been life & throw away the key? Forced sexual service is rape isn’t it? How many count would she have been guilty of if they were girls from private suburban schools? Outrageous!!!!!!!
Evil In The Night: The Jill Meagher Tragedy
Look for it on YouTube.
Sex workers, feminists and advocates alike are furious at the injustice served here. Makes me quite emotional. I remember Friday the day I was attacked. 000 told me to wait till Monday and call vice. “This isn’t a police matter love, call vice, they’ll know what to do”. When will we learn?
Australia is now questioning the legality of sex-work in three separate states.
Having worked for nearly 20 years in the sex industry and another ten as an advocate, writer and researcher, I am qualified to know what policies work and don’t work for sex-workers and the community.
My book Mattress Actress and Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon, clearly layout the corruption that inevitably occurs when stringent laws are put in place around sex-work. Nothing stops, sexual desire doesn’t dissipate, single parent financial need doesn’t evaporate, all that changes is that the industry is pushed underground, where the police are the arbiters of justice. Dare I mention the Fitzgerald Inquiry? Can we not learn from our recent past.
When sex-workers were forced to stop working in Queensland in the late 80’s, two things occured to my memory….. more men with badges came knocking on our door asking for a freebie in return for looking the other way. Secondly; sexual crime rates increased, rape, domestic violence, and reports of incest. Do we want to go back there?
Mattress Actress clearly lays out the violence, bribery, lawlessness and corruption that occurred when we buried our heads in the sand in the 80’s all across Australia believing that we could eradicate prostitution SIMPLY BY OUTLAWING IT.

In America…..
“Would you believe that over $100 Million Dollars are spent annually on arresting Prostitutes? It is true. It costs tax payers $2,000 for every prostitute arrested. In 2010, 11,300 prostitutes were arrested in California. That came to $22,600,000. 62,668 prostitution/commercialized vice arrests were made nationally in 2010. That comes to a grand total per year of $125,336,000. That is over 100 million dollars in arrests per year. Stop supporting the bloated Prison Industrial Complex, and end oppression of women at the same time. If prostitution were either decriminalized, we could save the U.S. a lot of money. We do not need to waste untold amounts of money on arresting people for making money off consensual adult sex. It would also protect women who work in this field, because they would be able to report assaults, legally. This would send the message to abusive men that they cannot hurt women, no matter who they are or what they do”.
Sex-Workers in Peril…..
The homicide rate (USA) for female prostitutes was estimated to be 204 per 100,000,[2] which is considerably higher than that for the next riskiest occupations in the United States during a similar period (4 per 100,000 for female liquor store workers and 29 per 100,000 for male taxicab drivers).[3] However, there are substantial differences in rates of victimization between street prostitutes and indoor prostitutes who work as escorts, call girls, or in brothels and massage parlours.[4]
Peter Sutcliffe murdered 13 women, most of whom were prostitutes, from 1975-1980 in Northern England.
Gary Ridgway confessed to killing 48 prostitutes from 1982 to 1998, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.[6]
Robert Hansen murdered between 15 and 21 prostitutes, near Anchorage, Alaska, between 1980 and 1983.
Joel Rifkin confessed to killing 17 prostitutes in the New York area between 1989 and 1993, without there having been a missing persons report filed on any of the women during that time.
More recently, Robert Pickton, a Canadian who lived near Vancouver, made headlines after the remains of numerous missing prostitutes were found on his family farm. He has now been convicted of the murders of 6 women who went missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and is suspected by police of killing at least twenty more (though no charges have been filed in relation to their deaths). In December 2007 he was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
In December 2006, Steve Wright murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich, England.
Let’s get our head out of the sand, sex-workers will always exist, clients will always exist. Except it! Let’s work towards harm minimisation, health promotion, reducing sex traffickers and reducing sexual stigmas.
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Please let’s become proactive or nothing will ever change. Suggest ways that we can find equal justice for marginalised women. Do we write to the judges?

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