Monday, April 18, 2011

Long Island serial killings explored on News Talk Online

More bodies of forgotten women, discarded by society, keep being discovered on Long Island where police are looking for victims of a serial killer who has been targeting prostitutes.
Ten sets of human remains or human skulls have been found, thus far, in Nassau and Sussex Counties, according to news reports.
The case is shocking to most in the suburban New York bedroom communities of the island, but not to those who know about the sex industry and the dangers that lurk for women who, because of the illicit nature of their businesses, remain off the grid and often are not even reported missing.
Then there’s the reticence by some in the law enforcement community to take seriously the disappearances and even murders of prostitutes – as if – because of the trade they ply – they aren’t worthy of the same kinds of protections afforded the rest of us.
Joining us on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network at 5 PM New York time today to discuss this will be author Tracy Quan and sex worker researcher Melissa Hope Ditmore.
Quan is the bestselling author of the Nancy Chan trilogy, which began as a popular fiction column on Her first novel, Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, was optioned for development as an HBO comedy series. The sequel, Diary of a Married Call Girl, takes Nancy Chan’s double life to entertaining new levels.
Quan’s third novel, Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl, is a 21st century adventure with a medieval twist: Nancy visits a mysterious Provencal hideaway and discovers that the French countryside is ”10 times trickier than Manhattan.”
A former prostitute, Quan is a member of Prostitutes of New York.
Ditmore  has written about sex work, migration and trafficking for The Lancet and SIECUSReport. An international research consultant based in New York, Ditmore is a contributor to Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered, Affective Turn  and Women Across Borders (forthcoming.) She is editor of the annual journal Research for Sex Work.
Ditmore edited the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work and wrote a history of sex work in America. She is also a member of PONY and helped to start the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. SWP has released three reports, each including information about law enforcement activity affecting sex workers.
In 2003, she was principal investigator for “Revolving Door,” the first report released by the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project. She has spoken about prostitution, migration rights and research ethics at the United Nations, the International Conference on HIV/AIDS, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hong Kong City University and numerous academic and political conferences.
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