On February 2012 an huge prostitution scandal arose at Kennebunk, Maine. Now, fifteen months later, it has ended with its main protagonist condemned and repudiating her former work. Here in Spain the new passed completely unnoticed but I want to write about it because it's a clear example of how works the world of prostitution and the results of the "liberation" raids. We have been speaking largely about forced prostitutes and now we have one that admits she has been "freed". She told that after she was arrested at their own house, fined with nearly 60k U.S. dollars and sentenced to 10 months in jail. Yes, that's what I call to help someone.
This is the history: a zumba (fitness with latin music) instructor named Alexis Wright was busted in her fitness studio and accused of selling sex and several fiscal crimes. Judges say she earned more than $ 150.000 over 18 months and that she not just didn't declare such high profits but she also got more than $ 40.000 in public assistance. Well, those charges are quite weird imo. If prostitution is ILLEGAL in the states, she couldn't declare the incomes from an illegal activity. Legislators should be coherent and accept that as long they considerer this activity out of law, the profits from it also will be outlawed so they can't be taxed. And as long this woman couldn't declare those earnings and legally use the system to get public funds, all that money is hers.
This history is about Alexis Wright, a 29 yr old mother of one that was accused of what I like most in life: prostitution and crimes against the administration. Oh, I think I'm falling in love!
Am I saying that there is no problem? Oh, way not, of course there is. It's not the prostitute but the system, that doesn't allow a person to work in prostitution legally. And what about the social aid? She was ripping off the system asking for an assistance she didn't need! What this shows is that this kind of "distribution of wealth" does not help those who really need it but the ones that know how to get the money. If this kind of programs would end, then society as a whole would benefit first because those who work and produce wealth would not be abused by heavy taxes and second because those who live of these funds will need to become productive. Yeah, both the legal situation of prostitution and the public assistance programs are clear proofs of the failure of the interventionist politics. Just let the people to do what they know to do, let them get profits with their business because that shows that their activity is socially desired in the community (after all she will not be able to live without johns, will she?) and limit public activity to those activities the private sector cannot fulfill.
But the issue doesn't stop here. Police also found a "client list" that shows that over 150 men, many of the very powerful and well connected, were frequent visitors of Alexis. PUMMM! Sex, money and power; we have the perfect scandal. It seems that she liked to record her meetings and send them to her couple, Mark Strong. Later we will speak more about this guy.
The point is that I can't find the sense of keep a full agenda. We are talking about a proof of what in the US is a delictive activity, not to mention that many johns pay not just for sex but also for discretion. To sell and buy services of prostitution has a legal punishment in some countries, but social consequences everywhere. If your neighbors, friends, relatives, the people that is in contact with you know that you are a prostitute or a john... You are socially dead, specially in a small town like Kennebunk (around 10.500 pop). You'll have no friends, no job, no reputation. This is main reason we, prostitutes and clients, don't want to appear in the media and why journalists should respect our privacy. There is no reason to have such full agenda with full names and even addresses. She was so unprepared and left so many proofs that I still can't believe it. Maybe she was so reckless due she lived in such a small town she never had any troubles. Well, those things don`t happen... until they happen.
Altough Alexis was a person fully integrated in her community, now her life will never be the same again. Of course she will not be able to work as prostitute but also as zumba instructor. She has been DESTROYED by the public powers. For what? What she did so horrible? Tax evasion? Then legalise prostitution. Getting welfare benefits? If her income from prostitution would have been legal, maybe she couldn't get them. Prostitution? What is the difference between being paid to dance or to fuck?
Many streetworkers I know here in Spain are way more clever and use many tactics to avoid police prosecution (prostitution is not a crime but pimping it is, and their couples and relatives can go to jail for that). Some even memorize phone numbers of their clients in order to not have a phone cell (police usually taps their pones, so they have become very prudent when using them). So, what's that of videotape her clients? And it looks she also shared the files via internet, which leaves a clear track to her. Of course that to record her clients without their consent was absolutely awful but, how a prostitute can be so unprofessional and leave so many evidences to police? First thing you need to know in prostitution is not how to suck a dick, first thing is to know is how to make police work much harder. You need to avoid to be blackmailed, arrested or deported. But it seems Mrs.Wright was a relatively high-class prostitute and she had few to none experience defending herself against police assaults. Well, we have the result here.
She knew that prosecutors had so clear evidences against her that she couldn't do anything but to cooperate. In Mark Strong's trial -he was judged before she- it was shown a 45 min video with Mrs.Wright having sex for cash. Moreover, he was sentenced to just 20 DAYS in jail and he was freed after 15. Could he be cooperating with the police? Alexis faced many more accusations and she could appear as the scapegoat of this crude affair. This is key to understand the final part of the history.
An even bigger controversy arose when Wright's attorney decided that, in front of the evidence against her client, best defense would be to negotiate. She has been heavily criticized by activists, like Maggie McNeill, due her opportunistic behaviour. But I think she had no options. In the beggining, prosecutors presented up to 106 counts against her that they dropped to 20 (86 less) when she accepted her guilty. In addition, they reduced the three most serious charges (for tax and state welfare violations) from felonies to misdemeanors.
Her fate was in hands of her enemies, they had so strong evidences that to fight would mean certain defeat. And a wise person only fights when she is reasonably sure to win, otherwise she is dooming herself. As it was so evident that she was a prostitute, she had to do some play and (excuse me this stenece) "lie like a bad whore". So she said, to avoid her responsability, that she had a difficult childhood, and suffered sexual abuse and domestic violence. She blamed her father of sexual abuse during her childood and Mark Strong to manipulate her. Even she culminated this wonderful performance claiming between tears that she felt relief when police raided her business because she wanted out and that when she will be released she wants to help other women to leave prostitution.
Yes! Finally, we have here a confession of a prostitute against prostitution, haven't we? A certain victim that ended in prostitution due many social factors (that public powers should fight) and the evil of some men. Really? She didn't seem to be living on the edge, she wasn't like the prototype of unemployed, trafficked or drogadict whore. She just had a son and a profitable running business. She had 29 years and was fully aware of what she was doing, not a child that could be easily manipulated. And finally, she was in perfect physical and mental condition as she has shown. So she just said what she knew they wanted to hear.
I'm not angry with you, Alexis, you tried to protect you and your son and not to harm other prostitutes. Anyone knows that you said that to avoid a bigger retaliation and that all was a lie. Your words at the trial were the same as a confession under torture. I know that you were victim of course, a victim of the legal system and some retardeds that wanted to destroy you. I've found many samples of the intransigence of the ones who wanted to destroy Mrs. Wright:
If anyone knows Alexis Wright from Kennebunk Maine you probably think she's a sweet, friendly Zumba teacher...the funny thing is she's not! she's living a double life and is a PORN STAR!!!!! she may be a prostitue for all I know..all you have to do is google her full name (which is pretty ridiculous that she goes by that) and you'll see her doing all kinds of nasty sexual acts with MARRIED OLD MEN, herself and other females..it's pretty disgusting...her so called "boyfriend" even cameos in some of the videos..the sad thing is you can see her little sons toddler bed in the background of one video..poor kid if he only knew his mommy was a whore ;( I was shocked to find this out..you never know who people really are sometimes..how can you pretend to be such a respectable member of the community when you're really sleeping around w/everyone's husbands..I hope her Zumba clients wake up and realize who their teacher really is!!!!!!!
What this proves to me is that a prostitute can perfectly be a good mother and an integrated member of a community. She is not a "traitor", a renegade of prostitution. She is, employing an abolitionist word, a "survivor". To survive she needed to use same weapons that her enemies: tear drops, lies, prejudices... We must consider the great pressures she has lived, probably her lawyer told her that the best thing to do was just to say what the court wanted to hear. To throw herself under the bus was no-sense so the best thing to avoid both social death and an huge punishment was to look like a poor, repentant victim. Her home was assaulted, she was robbed and her life destroyed... and we think she can fight alone against the system? How can we blame for what she did?
For me, she is a clear example of the prostitute the abolitionists don`t want to see: fully independient, with no mafias or economic pressures behind her, and really clever. I don't think any abolitionist would really pretend to use her "confession" to attack prostitution. In fact, we can show how "testimonies" are obtained. I had several friends (prostitutes) that were arrested by police and all told me that was the most terrific experience they had in their whole life (if there is any psychological effect of prostitution it comes from here). They have been threatened, beaten and raped in the police stations (activist Norma Jean Almodovar is well known for reporting this kind of abuses). While girls try to stand, their efforts are futile and they will break up sooner or later. It's easy to criticize Mrs.Wright for what she has said from our home's comfort. But... what would had we do if we were in her skin? I understand her, she can't speak freely. She is a prisioner of war (of the war against whores, as Scarlot Harlot says) and she is just doing a strategy to survive.
In fact, I'm really thankful to her because her history has rised the debate about the convenience of decriminalice prostitution or to keep it outlawed with all consequences. Illegal prostitution means economic (closed business, people stop to earn money and also they will not spend any), social (people jailed, sons separated of their moms) and administrative costs (you have to feed and guard the prisoners, and while they are in jail they are not in the productive economy so they don't pay taxes). As a whole, society is harmed if prostitution is illegal. This is the debate I want to open here, we can see the consequences of the criminalization of prostitution: is this a good or bad thing?