From Africa to America: End Demand Is Not Ending Violence or Murder

Let’s consider the first recommendation from the commission – full criminalisation of sex work. We have had this apartheid-era model in South Africa for a long time now. What have the results been? High levels of violence. In the United States, where this practice is criminalised, female sex workers are almost 18 times more likely to be murdered than other women, a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found.

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We Remember: Donna Marie Gentile 

Philadelphia runaway Donna Marie Gentile became most known for her NHI – No Human Involved – status as a prostitution cold case murder in San Diego. Her family is here in Philadelphia, and asks us all to keep her memory alive. Absolutely we will.

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Detroit 2011: Lessons In Unnecessary Death by Murder

M. Dante pondering in Philly: What can we do to change the way prostitutes, people exploring gender identity and police interact?  There has to be a better way to address differences in lifestyle choices to prevent violent  situations from continuing on this level. Minor amounts of marijuana should not lead to murder, and prostitutes should…

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Dear Diana Hemingway

Originally posted on SaneSurvivor:
Dear Diana, When I received the news of your passing yesterday morning, I was sad.  Selfishly, I was sad for me.  You not being here means I will not be able to enjoy your deep wisdom and your sarcastic wit.  I will miss your honest assessments of ideas I “ran past…

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We Remember: Anonymous Teenage Philadelphia “Hooker”

“Crying Liberty” copyright: Deborah Gross- Zuchman http://www.deborahzuchman.com

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December 17th Is About Those Lost To Murder or Suicide 

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2016 Lives Lost Around the World

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Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!

A graduate student at Temple University, along with being a successful legally blind journalist, documentary producer, and director from the Philly suburbs, David Block talks about his discomfort discussing prostitution, plus D/17 in contemporary Jewish history, and in context to civil and disability rights. Note: This candid essay may not be comfortable for all readers. “Let Down Your Hair” Photo of M. Dante By Blind Filmmaker David Block for Temple University.

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We Remember: Keisha Jenkins

Monday, October 12, 2015 LOGAN (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have made an arrest in a deadly robbery that occurred in the city’s Logan section [October 2015]. Police say Pedro Redding, 22, of Hunting Park is under arrest for robbery and murder are closing in on his three alleged cohorts. The charges stem from the robbery and…

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We Remember: Natel Frances Taylor Sumers King

“I have not had the opportunity to absorb the fact that Natel will not be running in our house and calling out ‘dad,'” Dan King said, often breaking down in tears. He said he and his wife raised their eldest daughter to be independent, self-sufficient and spunky. Since his daughter’s stabbing death — in Conshohocken while on a photo shoot, Dan King said he and his wife have blamed themselves, wondering “if we had done things differently as parents would we be here today?”

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