Hookers are people too

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If your life — or your genitals -- has ever been touched by a prostitute, be sure to pay your respects on December 17, the annual memorial day for hookers. Vanessa Forro, a former call girl, organized the vigil on the West Side to pay respects to murdered prostitutes — those who have gone down, so to speak, in the line of duty. Her demonstration is part of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which started in 2003 after the notorious Green River killer, Gary Ridgway, was convicted of murdering enough women to fill a telephone book. The victims "often get forgotten because they're prostitutes," says Forro. Forro says she's learned some lessons since the last vigil she held in 2004 on Public Square, where only six people showed up. "Not a lot of people want to stand there and listen to talking about prostitutes dying and stuff," she says, "especially around the holiday season." That's why Forro has moved this year's memorial to a "more appropriate" location at West 44th and Lorain. A note to all Johns: The hookers won't be working that night. — Jared Klaus
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