Hookers in Boston

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Prostitution in Boston combines dramatization, music by Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Patty Labelle along with stories from a seasoned prostitute as well as comments from a vice-squad officer, a conservative Criminal Court Judge and legal activists including feminist attorney, Flo Kennedy who argue for decriminalizing prostitution. It begins with a playful scene of a pick-up effort in a bar. Through interviews a savvy Black prostitute describes her journey from the South to Boston where working as a junior secretary she was targeted by her bosses for charm school and training to become a high-class hooker for their clients.

She marries twice, both husbands are pimps. She serves time. But she witnesses a change in the profession. They have no finesse. Harry Mannis of the Boston Vice Squad also notices a change. Through narration we learn about the history of prostitution laws.

The syphilis epidemic in Europe in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries provoked making prostitution illegal. Women were kidnapped off the streets to be sent as sexual slaves or to prostitution houses. The westward expansion of the country had meant communities of men without women and that, too led to an increase in prostitution. By the Mann Act made women prostitutes criminals. The double standard for women, the hypocrisy of criminalizing only one partner in the transaction was ingrained into law. Black prostitutes are being banned from the entertainment clubs of the Combat Zone and consequently are forced to become streetwalkers.

Of all the whores working clubs, or houses, or from their apartments, it is the streetwalker who is most vulnerable to arrest.

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Daily, streetwalkers file through the courts and legal system in Boston. To pay the fine, the court costs, the attorneys, these women go right back onto the street. Why should women bear the burden of the law?

Why not go after the Johns? Criminal Court Judge DiGuliamo argues against decriminalizing or legalizing prostitution. Your baby will be syphilitic. Is that what you want? One vice-squad officer accuses many of the streetwalkers of being robbers. While they acknowledge some thieves pose as hookers, what prostitute would want to damage her ability to keep earning money from prostitution. Also, that hookers are particularly careful about their health. Another argument used against decriminalizing prostitution has to do with the behavior of pimps. Flo Kennedy, a feminist attorney and supporter of hookers unions, argues vociferously against thinking pimps are any more abusive to women than husbands or boyfriends.

Boston legal activists, Cathy Allen and Nancy Gertnerargue that it is the streetwalkers who are the most discriminated against in the society in terms of options for work. While some members of the legal community have argued to legalize prostitution, the hookers unions have opposed this. Gertner argues that something needs to be done to address this degrading situation for all parties.

So much has changed and so little has changed since this documentary was produced in A technological revolution changed the business -- like videos, cable and cell phones and then social websites. While the women's movement helped to point to the hypocrisy and contradictions of condemning whores thereby loosening laws in some countries like Canadathe globalization of prostitution and sex-trafficking combined with the technological changes racheted up the consequences and in general made the trade more dangerous than ever for women. I stumbled into this documentary from my experience living in a stressed area of Boston where some of the Black streetwalkers lived.

At a small jazz club on the corner I met a couple of the women warming up late one night as temperatures dropped outside. They began to talk and I was then inspired to go to the courthouse and watch the proceedings with hookers.

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There I met the woman whose interview dominates this documentary. A former prostitute, she was now trying to help younger women of the trade. Name required. E-mail will not be published required. A dramatization of a pick-up scene between a white married man and a black hooker - who would rather go home than take his paltry offering.

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Flo Kennedy with Gloria Steinham Boston legal activists, Cathy Allen and Nancy Gertnerargue that it is the streetwalkers who are the most discriminated against in the society in terms of options for work. Judge Nancy Gertner While some members of the legal community have argued to legalize prostitution, the hookers unions have opposed this. Breaking News So much has changed and so little has changed since this documentary was produced in Producer's comments

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