A theft of services?

      Philadelphia Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni dropped all sex and assault charges on a defendant charged of forcing a prostitute to have sex with him and three other men at gunpoint. The prostitute, a 20-year-old single mother, agreed to $150 for an hour of oral and vaginal sex on Sept. 20, according to assistant district attorney Rich DeSipio. The arrangements were made through her posting on Craigslist, according to Jill Porter’s Philadelphia Daily News article. The Judge charged the defendant with “theft of services” because he didn’t pay for the sex, though the prostitute made no agreement to being gang raped at gunpoint. A case like this, the Judge told Porter, “minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped.”

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

– Frederick Douglass 

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One response to “A theft of services?

  1. jenruss

    Yikes! I just read this entry to Josh, who was surprised to see that the judge was female. Do you think that the ruling was genuine or a show of “toughness” ? I can’t help but feel that it was sort of combination: a show of the sort of moral supremacy that women expect of each other. For example, when someone poses the double standard in which promiscuous men are “macho” but promiscuous women are “sluts,” I feel like the true enforcers of this myth are the women.

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