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"People go in and out of the business." Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015.
(Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)Amber Batts, photographed in her room at the Glenwood Center halfway house in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. Batts pleaded guilty and was convicted of sex trafficking in 2015.
She answered a newspaper ad and soon found herself at a trailer in view of the giant neon tattoo shop gun in Spenard. The state does not generally charge individual sex workers now, prosecutors told me.
Batts and I briefly worked together at the Anchorage Daily News when she was a clerk and I was a young reporter in the mid-2000s.
Many start as foster children with histories of abuse, most have addictions, many are young parents.
A starting point to help women out of sex work, I heard often, would be for someone to notice them and ask them to tell their stories.
There are "john schools," programs that educate men who buy sex about how it hurts women.
Batts had prior felony convictions that influenced her sentence.Her business didn't make her rich, but she was comfortable, able to pay for a car and her trailer in South Anchorage as well as the apartment where the prostitution went on. She never met a woman in the business who didn't have some kind of history of sexual trauma."Generally, there would be some DV stuff, most recent, and there would usually be some sexual abuse in the family.Instead, it focuses on those who profit from others' work in the sex trade.Batts had been what some people call "a madame." Investigators said she and her husband operated an escort service online, representing as many as 10 women and men in Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Juneau, Fairbanks and Kenai.
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What they called sex work, what many people think of as prostitution, wasn't the same as true sex trafficking, they said.