AZ: Female inmate dies after left in outdoor holding cell

10:10 AM Mountain Standard Time on Thursday, May 21, 2009
By Jennifer Thomas /

PHOENIX — A female inmate at the Perryville state prison died after spending four hours in an outdoor holding cell, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

While waiting to be moved to a detention unit, Marcia Powell, 48, was placed in an outside, uncovered, chain-linked holding cell at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She collapsed at 2:40 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital. Powell was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Continue reading

Vancouver: ‘Our women are not for sale’
MAY 30, 2009

Relentless advocate is one of many voices calling for end to prostitution

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Trisha Baptie, a former sex worker, is fighting to bring an end to prostitution and sex slavery.
Photograph by: Bill Keay, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Sun

Trisha Baptie’s life story reads like the template of many who end up in Vancouver’s sex trade — addiction, foster care, sexual abuse and the eventual slide from the higher end hooker strolls into the Downtown Eastside.

At 18, she was on “the whore tour,” making the resort round of Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon before landing back in Vancouver. By 21 and past her prime, Baptie was on the most dangerous corners in the city and was once taken to Willie Pickton’s farm by a “date.” She knew some of the women Pickton murdered. Continue reading

Group aims to overturn laws on prostitution
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Irwin Loy

A group that wants to challenge the constitutionality of prostitution laws is hoping a hand from legal groups will bolster its argument.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. and West Coast LEAF, a legal group advocating for women’s equality, have all been granted the right to intervene in a pending appeal aimed at overturning a 2008 decision denying a group of sex-trade workers a chance at arguing against prostitution laws. Continue reading

The Craigslist Sex Panic


How shutting down its “erotic services” section hurts prostitutes and cops.
By Melissa Gira Grant
Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 4:59 PM ET

Craigslist, the San Francisco-based online marketplace that’s been around for nearly as long as the Web, has always hosted ads for prostitution. That supposedly changed earlier this month when the site closed its “erotic services” section, replacing it with an “adult services” page where posts must be preapproved to ensure they don’t offer sex for sale. For all appearances, the move is a concession to the panic over Philip Markoff, the accused “Craigslist Killer,” who has been charged with the murder and assault of Erotic Services advertisers this April.

Leading the campaign against Craigslist prostitution is Richard Blumenthal. The Connecticut attorney general, hot off a war on Facebook and MySpace for their alleged exposure of young people to sexual predation, started a crusade against Craigslist last March. (He was joined by 39 more attorneys general in November.) Sure enough, when Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster announced the company’s decision to kill the site’s sex ads, Blumenthal and his supporters declared victory. What exactly has Blumenthal won, though? Continue reading

TX: Young prostitute slain by client

Body found behind Austin grocery store last week

Updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 2:51 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 10:24 AM CDT

KXAN Staff

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A body found in the woods off William Cannon Drive last week was apparently a victim of homicide, police said Tuesday.

The woman has been identified as Amy Elizabeth Dickey, 28, who was found last Thursday by a lawn crew in the wooded area behind a grocery story in that South Austin neighborhood.

Police said Dickey was involved in prostitution and that the suspect was her client.

Nathaniel Edwin Briscoe, 29, is charged with murder and was arrested on Memorial Day around 6 p.m. Police said Briscoe met with Dickey around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Continue reading

Australia: Sex workers win apology from Salvation Army after threatening protest on Red Shield Appeal

Friday, 22 May 2009 6:20 PM

LiveNews | Tim Brunero

The Salvation Army has issued a public apology after a sex worker lobby group labelled one of the charity’s newspaper ads “discriminative”.

The Scarlet Alliance, which represents the interests of sex workers nationwide, took exception to an ad in today’s Daily Telegraph and threatened to issue a ‘red ban’ on the Red Shield Appeal which launched today.

“The very last thing we would want to do would be to distance ourselves from any person in need and so as a direct result we pilled the ad from our public media.” Continue reading

Judge blocks SC AG from charges against Craigslist

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
May 22

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked South Carolina’s attorney general from making any move to prosecute Craigslist executives for ads that lead to prostitution arrests while the company pursues its lawsuit against the state.

The order from U.S. District Judge Weston Houck stems from an agreement between Attorney General Henry McMaster and Craigslist. It requires McMaster “to refrain from initiating or pursuing any prosecution against craigslist or its officers” regarding content posted on the site. Continue reading