New Yorks Real Life-Superheroes protect Sex Workers from Serial Killer

Die bisherigen Real Life-Superheldenstorys waren eher etwas lahm, verjagten höchstens mal ein paar Dealer und possierten ansonsten vor allem für Fotos. Die New York Initiative ist da eine andere Hausnummer.

Seit 2007 geht in New York der Long Island Serial Killer um, der bislang geschätzte 10 Opfer umbrachte, vier davon eindeutig identifiziert, alles Prostituierte oder Eskort-Damen, drei der vier boten ihre Dienste online an, zwei davon auf Craigslist, weshalb er auch The Craigslist Ripper genannt wird, die Polizei tappt im Dunkeln und entließ jüngst den führenden Ermittlungsbeamten. Die New York Initiative hat nun davon die Schnauze voll.

Das sind offensichtlich ein paar in Martial Arts ausgebildete Jungs (und eine Dame, soweit ich gesehen habe), und die bieten nun ihrerseits den Damen ihre Dienste auf Craigslist an, inklusive Kampfausbildung und „improvised weapons training free of charge (i.e. pens, phones, keys)“.

Vom Atlantic Wire: Meet the Masked Crusaders Protecting the Women of Craigslist:

With the investigation apparently stalled and the police fighting amongst themselves, who's left to protect the women this killer preys on? It would appear that job has fallen to--or rather been seized by--a vigilante group calling itself the New York Initiative. Posing on their Facebook page dressed in retro-futuristic body armor and steampunk goggles, and calling themselves superheroes without irony, the group posted an ad on Craigslist last week offering its advice and services to sex workers:

„If you absolutely don’t have a friend to help you [track your movements while on a date], you may use the services of the New York Initiative as your personal log book, as well as your rescue team in the event of an emergency. If you choose to do this, we will provide you with a number to call and a few one-number or one word codes you can say or text to us so that we can contact someone to assist you with a possibly violent date. Another idea is keeping us on speed dial, and if things get weird just call us and let the line open. We’ll know what’s going on immediately.

We also have other techniques which we can explain to you after confirmation via phone.“

Aus dem Posting der NYI auf Craigslist: To all Ladies: Free Protection and Safety System:

We care about you. We want you alive, in this world, just like everyone else. Because you’re a human being, and you are deserving of love. The NYI loves you, and we’re here to bust the asses of any asshole trying to hurt you.

This is just one of the ways we can get the Long Island Killer off the streets, as well as make what you do safer.

Let me say one more time that we won’t involve law enforcement unless you are in serious danger. The logs will be kept personal and private, because what do the police need to know about your personal life, right? It’s just a date, for cryin’ out loud.

Be safe out there, whatever you choose. You are no longer alone.

-Zero and the New York Initiative

Hier das Posting von Violet Blue: Real-Life Superheroes Offer Sex Workers Protection From the Long Island Serial Killer, hier die Facebook-Seite der New York Initiative. Beyond Awesome. (via Jezebel)

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