How many times does a dog have to be hit on the nose before it no longer trusts the hand that feeds it? Not very long. Yet hookers have been beat down, their rights ignored, shamed, stigmatized, etc for YEARS and NOW you want our help? Fuck you.
A spokesman for the Nassau County police department said sex workers with information or those seeking to report a crime will not be arrested. “They will only be arrested if they have been caught offering to have sex with a member of law enforcement or soliciting sex for money,” the spokesman said.
Oh sure.. you won’t be arrested RIGHT THEN. But guess what? You will become a KNOWN prostitute. And when the city coffers are at their lowest, you become a low hanging fruit, ripe for a sting and fines.
“I didn’t feel like the police would be my friend,” said (Stacey) Swimme, who said she was threatened by a stalker but never called police. “I didn’t feel like I’d be taken seriously, and I was seriously afraid that if I went to the police and told them information about me that would lead to them finding my website and setting up a sting operation against me.”
Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of Law and Police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said police have a responsibility to make sex workers feel safe(I don’t think cops know that or believe it) but also said it’s unlikely police would pursue prostitution charges against individuals coming forward with information about a crime such as the slayings in Long Island.
So do you really think prostitutes believe that? Or are willing to take the chance? He says ‘unlikely’ so in other words there is no guarantee. We don’t trust you. Period. It makes much more sense to us to police ourselves, to rely on each other and not the police. For decades we have had to hide and work in secret and now all of a sudden you are asking us to come forward? I don’t care that it is due to a murder investigation. YOU do your job, we do ours, and never the two shall meet.
Yes. This is a bad attitude but one we have had to adopt. I would love to help the investigation and stop the son of a bitch if I had any information to give but I also have to look out for number one. I can’t afford an arrest record which will prohibit me from finding suitable employment in the future. I’m not going to risk having my children stolen from me by the state by letting authorities know I’m a hooker. “Well maybe you shouldn’t be a hooker then”. Yea well maybe you should feed my kids and take care of my bills when I can’t find a job that pays enough.
Now there is also this:
There is also an anonymous tip line — 1-800-244-8477 — where those who call in will have their privacy protected, the spokesman said.
If you are anything like me, I still don’t trust government set up “anonymous” lines. Are they truly anonymous? Are they going to try and trace the call? Yes, I know, I watch to many crime dramas. However, if somebody knows something I’ll at least encourage you to call it. If you are paranoid, call my line 4406BESAFE. If you have read enough of my crap you should realize I’m on the side of the hookers. But if someone calls me, I will relay the message to their tipline with the intent of truly keeping YOU anonymous.
Read this here and DO something. Although I’m still not sure it is the answer because once again, you will be coming onto their radar even if amnesty is temporarily granted during this case.