On October 12, Danielle Guynes agreed to meet a man through Backpage. The man was violent. Two days later, Guynes was arrested and charged with five felonies related to armed robbery as a misdemeanor for prostitution.
According to a crowdfunding page organized by her mother, the man has already admitted on stand that he lied about it because he was embarrassed to admit he utilized escort services. Yet over two months later, Guynes is still in jail with a $120,000 bail because her mother who is working two jobs cannot afford to pay for her release.
People involved in the adult industry are frequently dismissed when they seek law enforcement support after experiencing violence — so much so that the Department of Justice felt the need to include three sex work specific examples of failed police responses to sexual assault reports in a new guidance issued on December 15, including the following:
A woman who has been known to engage in prostitution flags down a police officer who frequently patrols her neighborhood. She reports to the officer that she was just raped. The police officer on duty writes down her statement, but, when he returns to the police station, he immediately classifies the complaint as “unfounded,” and takes no further action, because of the woman’s sexual and criminal history.
As such, people in the adult industry often act to defend themselves and then open themselves to criminal assault charges for simply protecting themselves. SWOP-USA stands with Danielle Guynes and her family, and we hope for justice.