Saturday May 3, 2008
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who was dubbed the “D.C. Madam” after she was convicted of running a high-class escort service in our nation’s capital, committed suicide earlier this week at age 52.
No doubt, the poor woman was under incredible stress, with a possible conviction that would have sent her to jail for several years.
Palfrey’s escorts earned a great income providing countless hours of sexual relief to some of America’s most powerful men. (Among those revealed as her customers was Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana).
But, of course, Palfrey had to be punished for daring to transgress our country’s ridiculous ethics concerning sex, money and choosing to do want the hell you want with your own body.
As Palfrey saw it, sex workers and gay people face the same kind of moralistic oppression. "I always thought prostitution was the next barrier after homosexuality,” she said in an interview last year with the gay magazine The Advocate. “I always thought once gays were accepted that the next barrier would be prostitution.”
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