Jenny DeMilo

Julissa…

A sex worker in Boston is dead. She was killed by a potential client who’s it is believed has been robbing ladies in Boston for a while. When this young women fought back he shot her in the chest several times and left her for dead and die she did. This was in a nice hotel in the Back Bay in Boston. Boston is a city I’ve been to on tour and will go back to.

Some specifics: she advertised “massages” on Craigslist, she was a young and beautiful girl and by all accounts this was her secret life. Her name was Julissa Brisman.

They have connected this murder to two other robberies (one just a couple days after he killed Julissa) though i know this man has robbed more then just two women. Hes been on the radar of ladies in the area for a while, he is young attractive blond man of about 6 feet tall. And according to a CIA profiler i saw on the news hes on a “spree” he wont stop until caught.

Over a year ago really closer to two years now, in California there was a guy who was beating, robbing, choking out countless sex workers and leaving them for dead. He finally seceded in killing a girl in orange county. I personally knew one girl who was badly injured and knew though the web two others who were attacked and beaten. It wasn’t really on the news, the local industry message boards didn’t seem to really care and kept removing warnings about the guy with some lame excuse about protecting their own liability. Meanwhile girls were being hurt.

The guy was finally caught.

When the Boston story broke, It was the lead in teaser for my NBC LOCAL 11pm News here in L.A. The actual story was about 15 minutes into the evening news after the first break. They didn’t say the girls were sex workers they said they put “racy” ads up on Craigslist. So that’s how the media here in LA was first framing the story.

I found it strange that it was on my local news but not unhappy about the word getting out. I don’t know why this story is getting national headlines, i don’t know if the media is more tolerant of sex workers because in the last two years we’ve been more public. There’s a major studio movie coming out about sex workers, (The Girlfriend Experience) Showtime had their second season of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. Not to mention there are interviews and articles popping up showing sex work in a more positive light and not always as drugged out street walkers with pimps who are wearing their childhood abuse on their sleeve. Oh and of course prop K in S.F. That brought a lot of attention to the sex workers as normal people movement.

The guy in Boston was likely targeting sex workers because he felt that they wouldn’t be able to go to the police. Also he had access to women alone he could over power. It’s what we all fear and why we have safety precautions, screening process and safe calls. We have to know who it is we are seeing, there are many men out there who balk and are uncomfortable giving up their personal info and many who will berate you for just asking for it, they don’t understand why they need to give up their info just for the opportunity to spend time with a pretty girl but Julissa’s tragic death underscores why we ask for it.

Our lives could depend on it.

4 thoughts on “Julissa…

  1. Jenn Escalona

    I immediately thought about you and other sex workers I have interviewed when I saw this post. I know you are a great screener and take care of yourself, but man if this stuff isn’t scary.

    I have proposed a story to my editor about what you wrote today – that sex workers know about these guys long before law enforcement knows or cares. I hope you’ll let me interview you again if I can get it approved.

    And the fact that message boards were taking the warnings down? How shameful. I hope someone calls them out.

  2. Alva Goldbook

    This is why I believe so strongly in legalizing sex work. Making it illegal has turned it into a black market. Whenever a provider is threatened, hurt, or robbed they have no discourse to turn to the police. It puts both providers and hobbyists in danger. At the very LEAST, there should be laws on the books that gives providers legal clemancy when they need to go to the police about a client.