Misogyny and whorephobia: sanctioned by law (Texas, US law, at least)

15 Jun

3 and a half years ago, on Christmas 2009, Ezekiel Gilbert–white male–agreed to meet with escort Lenora Ivie Frago through a Craiglist add.

Gilbert invited Frago over to his house and paid her $150. Frago declined to have sex with Gilbert and refused to refund the money–the only record of exactly how these two things came to pass comes to us through Gilbert, who as a direct consequence of them,used an AK47 to paint Frago’s car with bullets.

Frago didn’t die on the spot. Brain damaged and paralyzed, she survived for a few months.

Yesterday Last week, a jury acquitted this murderer.

The grounds for the acquittal?

A Texan law pertaining “nighttime theft” wherein a person “protecting his property” can shoot someone. In this case, Gilbert was “protecting” his $150 from Frago. Plus, you know, he wasn’t trying to kill her, he just wanted his money back.

Never mind that, by having her come over and giving her money and then getting angry (angry enough to SHOOT HER with an AK-47), he was breaking the law–the prostitution law, that is (43.02 of the Texas penal code).

And never mind, for the love of the good old white boy club, that Gilbert did not claim that Frago was stealing anything during his initial interview with the police (please note that this interview was played back to the jurors).

Why cloud your prejudice against women in general and sex workers in particular with facts?

For in depth legal analysis, read here. Also, read this in full:

The thing about full decriminalization is that every other answer doesn’t work.  Here’s one reason why.  When we criminalize a transaction, we force all disputes around that transaction, and other things like money used in the transaction, into the shadows.  When we decide that sex work is illegal, we don’t stop it, we just put it in the underground economy, where if the deal goes bad, if someone cheats someone, there is no recourse to the established system of dispute resolution.

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(This is cross-posted from my original post at MyPolitics.com)

7 Responses to “Misogyny and whorephobia: sanctioned by law (Texas, US law, at least)”

  1. Lori 15/06/2013 at 7:16 PM #

    Jesus. A human life isn’t worth $150. to that jury.

    • azteclady 15/06/2013 at 7:17 PM #

      But it’s a WHORE–and probably from a minority, too. That’s not “a human life” is it?/rage

  2. orannia 16/06/2013 at 2:49 AM #

    I must confess, reading posts like this makes me understand the US less. Where I live prostitution is legal and shooting someone to protect your property (especially when that property is $150)…just doesn’t happen. We have a police force for a reason. And using an AK-47? That’s the other thing I don’t get about the US – why Joe Blogs has access to a military weapon.


  3. adelinahazelwood 12/12/2013 at 7:34 PM #

    This is infuriating…on SO many levels! First of all, thank you for bringing this to light and exposing that backwoods injustice still exists. It really is beyond me how someone can get off so easily for Murder. Murder is murder is Murder, period. That’s the only fact that matters here. I was reading an article called “Provider Life: Is It Really The Worst Thing Ever?” at https://www.slixa.com/under-cover/396-provider-life-is-it-really-the-worst-thing that discusses similar issues in the trade from the Provider’s (Entertainers) standpoint. It’s very well written too…but had the author actually read this article first, she may have changed her conclusion that it possibly IS the worst thing ever – not much worse than losing your life.

    • azteclady 12/12/2013 at 8:25 PM #

      I am not sure I follow you here.

      Being a prostitute, or an escort, or a courtesan is definitely not the worst thing ever.

      The worst thing is the rampant misogyny in our society, coupled with the blatant stigma attached to any woman who both enjoys sex and admits the fact freely. The worst thing is that there are assholes out there–of both genders–who think that people who engage in sex for money don’t have the same rights as any other people providing a service.

      So I agree with the author of the post you linked to: being a prostitute is not the worst thing ever, by a long shot.


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