Following a series of murders, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been staged on December 17 every year since 2003. Alex Feis-Bryce, North-East academic and founder of the National Ugly Mugs scheme, is calling for more to be done to protect sex workers and fund those looking out for them. Joanna Morris reports.
On December 17, 2003 a memorial was held for the victims of the Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgeway, who murdered at least 71 women – most of them sex workers – in the 1980s and 1990s,” says Alex Feis-Bryce.
“Ridgeway said he targeted sex workers because he believed he could kill as many of them as he wanted without getting caught.
“Sex workers are disproportionately targeted by violent offenders, many of whom are emboldened by the belief they’ll get away with their crimes.”