Suffolk Strangler

In the space of a few weeks in the quiet county of Suffolk in the UK, five young ladies have been murdered. So far, the police are no closer to apprehending the killer.

What appals me is the fact that the media are emphasising the profession of these girls, that of prostitutes. It is almost as if they are blaming this aspect of their lives for these girls fate. I have also listened in to many radio and news discussions surrounding this case and so much of it concentrates on arguments relating to the livelihood of the girls. Many are just stopping short of saying that the girls should have known this fate could have befallen them.

These are young girls who had lives to look forward to. Some had children and families. No-one can know the reason for their choice of work but, just like a car worker is protected by the common law, so should these girls be. To try and justify or demean the savagery of these crimes with these comments is totally wrong.

If more media space was given to given the public the facts of each crime, which might prompt the memory of an incident that might be relevant to the solving of the crime, this would be a more productive use of their time and energies.

These are abhorant crimes and everyone should be working together to catch the vicious person who is committing them, not arguing the merits of the girls work.

Let’s get our priorities right for once.

the brit


3 Responses to “Suffolk Strangler”

  1. Megan Bayliss Says:

    You are so right Brit. It does not matter what line of employment a murdered person had. Murder is murder and is intolerable.
    I don’t hear anyone saying about soldiers, “Well what could they expect if they went to fight in Iraq.” Instead we honour our dead soldiers with state funerals, medals amd rememberence days.
    Perhaps during this festive season we could all do well to remember that Jesus’ best friend was a working girl.
    And while I’m on a roll…if a furniture store displays its wares out the front of the store and a piece is stolen, it is still theft. The furniture store owner is not admonished for displayng his wares to attract sales.
    Many lawyers are moral prostitutes but when a lawyer is murdered for just doing their job we all scream blue murder.
    I say catch the Suffolk Killer because he is a murderer. Leave the grieving families alone and care not about the employment of the women who were just trying to survive.

  2. britandgrit Says:

    Hi Megan,

    I’d just like to add that I have been in favor of legalizing prostitution in the US for years. Really, we had a good go at banning vices with Prohibition, and look where that got us! The same, of course, applies to recreational drugs, body piercing, smoking, internal combustion engines, and trans-fats.

    the Grit

  3. britandgrit Says:

    Hi Megan

    I agree with your comments wholeheartedly. In Amsterdam it is legal and the reduction in these type of crimes and even other sex crimes (including unfortunately child abuse) was significant as a result.

    I just really wish our press was more responsible. I will be posting more about this story tomorrow.

    Thanks for your comments

    the brit

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