Friday, March 14, 2008

Last words on the scandal

To the op-ed writers who were so concerned about the fate of Spitzer's prostitute, who were worried sick about her fate:
What is she going through now? Is she in danger from organized crime because of what she knows? Is anyone offering her legal counsel or alternatives to prostitution?
Well, no need for such hand wringing: since this is the good old US of A, she is now a bona-fide celebrity. Apparently even one of her pimps has come forward hoping to cash in.

Still their opinion is one of few that expressed concern and revulsion over the prostitution side of the story.

Whose theory is it that prostitution is victimless? (THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT WHORES HAVE A HEART OF GOLD) It’s the men who buy prostitutes who spew the myths that women choose prostitution, that they get rich, that it’s glamorous and that it turns women on.

But most women in prostitution, including those working for escort services, have been sexually abused as children, studies show. Incest sets young women up for prostitution — by letting them know what they’re worth and what’s expected of them. Other forces that channel women into escort prostitution are economic hardship and racism.

The Emperor’s Club presented itself as an elite escort service. But aside from charging more, it worked like any other prostitution business. The pimps took their 50 percent cut. The Emperor’s Club often required that the women provide sex twice an hour.
So she may be, as has been commented in many blogs, hot, cute, the proud possesor of a great rack, etc. But she is being exploited. Prostitution is exploitation.
Good thing is that this 22 year old may be able to get something out of it, and get out of it.

Reading the commenters in the NYT wondering about what went on in Silda's mind, a woman from Vancouver said something that struck me as very smart (I paraphrase because I can't find the comment):
She imagined Spitzer alone at the podium in his press conference saying that he asked his wife not to accompany him because she did not deserve to be there.
How about that, huh?

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