NY: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Written by Administrator2
Thursday, 24 December 2009 12:43

Listen to the broadcast segment here.

Members of Sex Worker Action New York march at Pride 2009

December 17th was the 7th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Originally conceived by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington, this event now calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe, from Montreal to Sydney.

According to the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (a new policy institute focusing on international research on sex workers), Continue reading


LV: March of the red umbrellas

On the scene as sex workers take to the Strip

Abigail Goldman

Tue, Dec 22, 2009 (7:10 p.m.)

“I don’t mind strippers,” the woman says, shrugging with open palms as if to say I’ll give you that, “but I have a problem with prostitutes, ’cause of the diseases they spread.”

This doesn’t go over well.

“That’s a myth,” someone snaps. And before the woman can respond—standing in sweatpants on the Strip, surrounded by people holding protest signs—another person pounces:

“If your pussy is your money, you keep that shit clean.” Continue reading

Canada: There are warnings, but not all hear

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Lori Culbert
p. A8

Hitchhiking, once considered a normal means of transportation, is
blamed for many disappearances

NEAR STELLAKO, B.C. he slight figure has pulled the hood of her white
sweater over her head, for some feeble protection from the cold
late-November wind, and nearly blends anonymously into the snowy
background of this barren stretch of Highway 16.

Liza Nooski, 19, trudges along the tarmac where it turns due north to
curve around the west end of Fraser Lake, the bottom of her pants
covered in the brown sludge that lines the road after sanding trucks
cover the previous night’s snowfall. Continue reading

Canada: Mother’s death a puzzle with missing pieces

Monday, December 14, 2009
Lori Culbert

Mary Jane Hill died on Highway 16. Thirty years later, a daughter who
was six months old at the time seeks answers

PRINCE RUPERT — Vicki Hill was just six months old when her mother
was found dead along Highway 16.

[photo caption]
Memories of her murdered mother, Mary Jane Hill, displayed by daughter
Vicki Hill. Over a period of more than 40 years, more than two dozen
women have vanished or been found murdered along Hwy. 16. Many of the
young women were hitchhiking.

Thirty years later, the case remains unsolved. Continue reading

Canada: Murder meeting drew investigators

Monday, December 14, 2009
Neal Hall
p. A9.

About 40 detectives turned out to compare notes on Highway Murders in
B.C. and Alberta

In 1981, a Kamloops RCMP investigator named Mike Eastham organized a
conference to compare notes on the growing number of unsolved female
homicides along highways in the Interior of B.C. and into Alberta.

[photo caption]
Sgt. Mike Eastham of the Kamloops RCMP detachment (left) discusses
information on unsolved slayings of 28 women on B.C. and Alberta
highways with Cpl. Ray Munroe of Edmonton and Cpl. Dwight Hoglund of
Calgary in Kamloops, on Nov. 18, 1981. Continue reading

Canada: Possible suspects haunt detectives

Monday, December 14, 2009
Neal Hall

There has never been an arrest in the Highway of Tears mystery

Aformer Kamloops detective got excited about a possible break in the
murder of Colleen Rae MacMillen, 16, when a U.S. man confessed to
killing her.

An artist’s sketch showing the suspected Highway of Tears killer and
his hitchhiking victim. The drawing was released in June 1981. Continue reading

Canada: VANISHING POINT: The highway murders

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Lori Culbert and Neal Hall

The official list of missing o[f] murdered young women on B.C. and Alberta highways contains 18 names. But many more victims may have left anguished families behind.

In their hunt to determine whether a serial killer is preying on girls and women along B.C. roadways, investigators have identified 2,000 “persons of interest” in the so-called Highway of Tears investigation.

Project E-Pana, the joint RCMP-Vancouver police unit probing missing and murdered women along B.C. highways, previously has been tightlipped about the high-profile investigation. Continue reading