Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


Mann, Ruth,




Historic, academic and popular discourses on the serial murder of prostitutes have failed to incorporate the voices of victimized sex workers and their advocates. To fill this void, this thesis investigates how the serial murder of prostitutes is socially constructed by sex worker advocacy groups. Using standard content analysis techniques, it analyzes on-line texts generated by sex worker advocacy groups that are seeking to raise awareness of the victimization of sex workers by serial murderers. It additionally analyzes on-line news media accounts of these advocacy efforts beyond the Internet. Advocacy efforts have brought victimization of prostitutes to public attention and have been successful in promoting the prostitute as worthy victims. This thesis evidences sympathy from the public to the claims voiced by sex workers. Although these citizens represent the voice of a small minority's public rhetoric, it evidences that the voices of sex workers has been heard. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .B34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-05, page: 1571. Adviser: Ruth Mann. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.