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In the week leading up to December 17, 2010 – the International Day  to End Violence Against Sex Workers – the remains of four women who were  killed while doing sex work were discovered on a beach in Long Island.  Over the past two weeks, the remains of six more bodies have been found  in the same area. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has  requested that anyone involved in the sex industry who may have  information about the disappearance of colleagues come forward and share  this information with the police. But there remains a rather large  barrier: prostitution is criminalized, and sex workers have no guarantee  that we will be protected from prosecution if we step forward.  Therefore, we are calling for amnesty for all prostitution related offenses in Suffolk County until the killer is apprehended.
If you are a sex worker or an ally of sex workers, please contact the office of the Suffolk County Police Commissioner and the District Attorney and  make this request. We especially need people who live in the New York  City / Long Island area, especially Suffolk county, to make calls and  send emails.
FULL INFO AND SAMPLE LANGUAGE HERE. 
The precedent: In 2006, when the “Suffolk Strangler”  case was developing in Ipswich, England, the police department  responded positively for a demand for amnesty put forth by the English  Collective of Prostitutes. While the homicide investigations were  underway, British police didn’t arrest sex workers. Here is a piece about the request, and a follow up piece in which Assistant Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer is quoted saying, “The  welfare of the prostitutes working in Suffolk is my priority at this  time.” Let’s put pressure on the nearer Suffolk county to respond  similarly.

In the week leading up to December 17, 2010 – the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – the remains of four women who were killed while doing sex work were discovered on a beach in Long Island. Over the past two weeks, the remains of six more bodies have been found in the same area. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has requested that anyone involved in the sex industry who may have information about the disappearance of colleagues come forward and share this information with the police. But there remains a rather large barrier: prostitution is criminalized, and sex workers have no guarantee that we will be protected from prosecution if we step forward. Therefore, we are calling for amnesty for all prostitution related offenses in Suffolk County until the killer is apprehended.

If you are a sex worker or an ally of sex workers, please contact the office of the Suffolk County Police Commissioner and the District Attorney and make this request. We especially need people who live in the New York City / Long Island area, especially Suffolk county, to make calls and send emails.

FULL INFO AND SAMPLE LANGUAGE HERE.

The precedent: In 2006, when the “Suffolk Strangler” case was developing in Ipswich, England, the police department responded positively for a demand for amnesty put forth by the English Collective of Prostitutes. While the homicide investigations were underway, British police didn’t arrest sex workers. Here is a piece about the request, and a follow up piece in which Assistant Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer is quoted saying, “The welfare of the prostitutes working in Suffolk is my priority at this time.” Let’s put pressure on the nearer Suffolk county to respond similarly.