From manhattanmadam.com, the blog of 2010 Anti-Prohibition Party candidate for Governor of New York Kristin Davis:
Kristin Davis, better known as The Manhattan Madam who supplied call-girls for Eliot Spitzer and after prison ran for Governor of New York on a libertarian platform announced she would found HOPE HO– USE, a non-profit created to expose and eradicate sex trafficking. Davis plans to open a New York City based Shelter and program for women who are forced to work as Prostitutes and break free to regain control of their lives.
Davis founded and ran the highest grossing escort service in US History before she was convicted of promoting prostitution and spent four months in prison.
Davis also said that HOPE HO– USE would publish a yearly report on Sex Trafficking in New York to generate public awareness of the issue. The first study is being prepared now but Davis says” 80% of the women working as prostitutes in New York City are doing so against their will.”
“The women who worked for my high-end Escort Service did so by choice and of their own free will. They were models, actresses, dancers, students and professionals who chose to become sex workers. But, I’ve seen first hand how thousands of girls and women are conscripted into a life of prostitution and drugs by pimps and sex-traffickers” said Davis, a former Hedge Fund VP.
“The Sex industry is not just the Hollywood glitz of “Pretty Woman”- it has an ugly underside” said Davis who won 20,000 votes in her protest campaign.
“For these women there is no way out. Until Prostitution is decriminalized sex workers like these women will not easily come forward-largely because there is no place to go for help. HOPE HO– USE will change that” Said Davis.
HOPE HO– USE will provide:
-HIV testing and counseling
-Drug treatment and counseling.
-24 Hour Security
for women who seek to escape from the vicious pimps that hold them and force them with drugs and physical violence and the threat of sending them to jail
“Many of the women we are talking about are immigrants brought here under false pretenses and sold into a life of prostitution” said Davis ” I have seen the other side of the Industry I was once in. I am, obviously done with the prostitution business and I served my time, but I understand the underside of the Industry and what must be done to help save these women” she continued.
Davis said private fundraising would begin in February and that non-governments funds would be sought. “I have no allusions about how difficult it is to raise money in this economy. I hope to have the HOPE HO– USE shelter open in 2013” said Davis who once ran a worldwide multimillion dollar Escort Agency where ladies charged no less than $1000 a hour.
Davis said she would announce some business ventures next month and would remain active in Public Policy issues.
Also recently on Davis’ blog:
No One Cares About Dead Hookers
Does our society not care about prostitutes?
Many of you may have read or heard the story of Philip Markoff, the “Craigslist Killer” who murdered Julissa Brissman and attacked three other working girls. Lifetime has made a killing (no pun intended) off its movie portrayal of Philip Markoff. Tellingly, the movie barely even mentioned the lives of the girls Markoff brutalized.
Recently, another young Long Island prostitute who advertized on Craigslist, 23-year-old Megan Waterman, was murdered. Her body was found on Giglo Beach. Waterman is the fourth young prostitute to be found dead on Giglo Beach in the past three years. The police say this is the work of a serial killer.
But let’s focus on the victims before we focus on the killer.
The Craigslist victims deserve justice. Justice will not come until we learn to view prostitutes as individual citizens who have the same rights as everyone else.
This isn’t the case today. Because of the way we view their chosen profession, we don’t see prostitutes as human beings whose welfare is important. Because they work in an illegal profession, we deem their lives to be of little value. This has got to change. We must accept that the world’s oldest profession will continue to exist.
Especially in these bad economic times, many young girls are turning to the sex industry as a way to support themselves and their families. If prostitution were decriminalized, these women would have legal protection. They would be able to call the police when someone attacked them and not be worried about going to jail. They would be able to use their voices to prevent other working girls from becoming victims.
When I ran for governor of New York as a protest candidate last year, I at first proposed legalizing prostitution and talked about why legalization would be safer for both sex-workers and Johns and would drive the pimps and those who exploit women through violence, intimidation and drugs out of the industry. I also spoke about the way that legalization, regulation and taxation could fill the state’s empty coffers at a time when New York is deep in debt.
I am realistic about the prospects of legalizing prostitution in the United States, although our experience with it in parts of Nevada has been positive. That’s why, in the short term, we should work to decriminalize prostitution.
Women continue to be arrested, charged, jailed and even deported for engaging in prostitution. These women are stigmatized for life with criminal records, making it impossible for them to find jobs when they get older and leave the industry (if they live that long).
Meanwhile, the Johns are rarely prosecuted. Instead, they are allowed to return to their lives and careers and families. In some cases, they become highly-paid CNN talk show hosts. Their lives are not ruined. Their livelihoods are not threatened.
Sex workers should be treated the same way. Instead of being jailed, they should be fined. Lives can be saved if we decriminalize prostitution now. Women who work at watch my gf adult can get even more support than they already do. I hear they love producing sexy videos for the internet but not everyone is so lucky to have that kind of support around them.