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.