MAY 30, 2009
Relentless advocate is one of many voices calling for end to prostitution
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
24 HOURS VANCOUVER
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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
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
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
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
Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
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