Melissa Gira Grant
The site has been shut down by Homeland Security agents and employees are now facing life-altering punishments for allegedly helping sex workers connect to clients.
Meagan Taylor, a 22-year-old jailed while visiting Iowa with a friend earlier this month, got released last week after a flurry of activism drew attention to her plight—and what was probably a bogus arrest.
April Brogan's undignified death in custody says a lot about how the police and society at large treat sex workers.
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
The men who stage rescues—police, pastors, television personalities—are engaged in something not unlike the men who pay for sex: a fantasy, starring them.
Police don't need to be outfitted and trained in surveillance—they know the power of images, and how powerfully they are networked.