How Headlines Dehumanized Victims Of Alleged Border Patrol Serial Killer
In the case of Ortiz’s victims, the reference to them as prostitutes, before identifying them in any other way, serves to further a narrative that sex workers are actively — even blithely — courting danger and therefore are somehow complicit in their murders. And as the moral panic around sex work continues, the recent
misguided passage of the FOSTA/SESTA laws have actually made sex workers lives even more dangerous. Whereas once they could use online platforms like Craigslist and Backpage to create a community that allowed for the screening of potentially dangerous patrons, the FOSTA/SESTA laws have forced many women to solicit unvetted clients on the streets.