International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
 

Violence Against Sex Workers

"I picked prostitutes as my victims because I hate most prostitutes and I did not want to pay them for sex...I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught." --Gary Leon Ridgeway

Serial killers target sex workers because they are presumed to be people about whom nobody cares. Indeed, up until recently, several police departments were given to a tradition of stamping "NHI" on case folders of the bodies of dead prostitutes. NHI stood for "No Human Involed".

SCAPA and SWOP LV, and all the other sex worker rights groups we link to, believe that the criminal status of prostitution endangers sex workers and renders them perfect targets for such violence. Who can they go to if the police are only interested in arresting them? And why should they be arrested in the first place for doing something which, if they were doing it without charging, would be perfectly legal?

The Truth About the Green River Killer

Victims of Serial Killers website

Serial killers who targeted prostitutes:

Robert William Pickton (Killed perhaps 125 or more)

Victims of Robert William Pickton

Gary Leon Ridgeway (Killed more than 48)

Victims of Gary Leon Ridgeway

Robert Lee Yates

Lorenzo Gilyard (Killed 13)

Arthur Shawcross

John Eric Armstrong

"Jack the Stripper"

Dayton Leroy Rogers

Joel Rifkin

Yoo Young-cheol

William "Bill" Suff (Killed 19)

"North Street Strangler"

Bobby Joe Long

Charles Albright

Roy Conde (Killed 6)

 

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