Monroe, who cannot reveal her real name out of fear of retaliation from her former pimp, said they would be "boxing in the room" if she didn't bring in at least $1,000 in a night. Making that much money became difficult after law enforcement shut down MyRedBook.com, an erotic services forum where sex workers and potential clients could meet and review each other.
On MyRedBook, Monroe could book gigs with clients from her home or a hotel room. There was no need to walk the street, where she could be harassed, robbed and arrested. Special forums on MyRedBook allowed erotic service providers to review clients and flag those who were abusive or simply pimps posing as clients to find women to work for them. Monroe had plenty of time to sit back and decide whether taking a client was in her best interest.
MyRedBook was used by plenty of consenting adult sex workers and their clients, but the FBI seized and shut down the website in the summer of 2014 amidst allegations that it was also used by sex traffickers to sell women and minors they had forced or coerced into selling sex.
A few days ago, concerned citizens and environmental groups gathered in San Francisco in solidarity with "kayaktivists" in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, who have been expressing outrage against Shell and the lack of leadership exhibited by President Obama.
Border enforcement isn't just a counterproductive waste of taxpayers' money; it's also lethal. A quarter century's buildup on the border has forced would-be crossers to take more dangerous routes through the Southwest's deserts and mountains. At least 5,607 people died while attempting to enter the country between 1994 and 2008, mostly along these new, riskier routes.