Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Looking Beyond the Story of Madame Rose

Rose Laws, a "madam" who prostituted women on the Gold Coast and was then imprisoned, is profiled by ABC7 this week about her "business" selling women's bodies to wealthy men in our community. In the interview, she reveals many disturbing facts about prostitution in Chicago and names some names. Most importantly, her story subtly reveals the rampant violence and indignity experienced by women in prostitution:

  • Laws says that professional football players hurt some of her "girls" by holding their heads under water in a hot tub. Violence is rampant in prostitution-the average life expectancy for a woman in prostitution is seven years after she enters the trade.

  • She also describes sending her "youngest girls" to service men--the connection between child sex trafficking and "high-end" prostitution is strong and clear. As long as there is a demand for young bodies, children will be trafficked. We must ask why we would implicitly allow men in our community to buy children for sex.

  • Laws estimates her women sold their bodies to as many as 5,000 men in Chicago. There is indeed a huge demand for prostitution in Chicagoland, and it feeds on more than 25,000 women and children who are prostituted in our city on any given day. There are very few consequences for men who are caught buying sex, while women in prostitution are often arrested and re-arrested.
I am genuinely interested in the reasons why Laws entered the sex trade. For the majority of women who do, it is out of desperation, not choice.

What can you do to help women in Chicago who would like to leave the sex trade? Join the End Demand Illinois campaign to fight the demand for the sex trade in Chicago. Respond to the media using our toolkit with common myths and misconceptions, and hold the media responsible when they get it wrong or only tell one side of the story.

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1 comment:

  1. Rose laws needs to redeem herself before she can even begin to see the truth herself. The Lord is waiting for you to accept salvation and be guided by his truth, then you will begin to see your own sins and not blame others for your sins.I have had personal experience through her, she is not an honest person. Dragging eveeryone down does not save her or gain popularity. It may save you short term not long. God is the one you are to answer and seek how to truly love by his guideline not yours (worldly). Shame shame shame Rose! Look in the mirror face your sins and correct them. This is the only way to help other and yourself. I personally know you and am embarrassed to see your interview and see some of your lies. I am one gal you have hurt with your service's.....