Skip to comments.Prostitutes call for ban on GTA
Posted on 02/16/2006 2:21:37 AM PST by Panerai
Sex workers cry foul, say game "accrues points to players for the depiction of rape and murder of prostitutes."
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is getting attacked from all angles. Joining the ranks of politicians, policemen, and attorneys in their crusade to see the game lifted from shelves are the nation's sex workers. On its Web site, the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA is asking parents to assist them in calling for a ban of Take-Two Interactive's controversial game.
Citing a 2001 document from the National Institute on Media and the Family's David Walsh, SWOP is calling "on all parents and all gamers to boycott Grand Theft Auto."
The organization quotes various points from Walsh's paper, including, "Children are more likely to imitate a character with whom they identify with. In violent video games the player is often required to take the point of view of the shooter or perpetrator."
Though the organization admits to being "adamantly opposed to any and all forms of censorship," as concerned parents themselves, they "wish to inform other parents of the potential danger extremely violent video games pose to children." Likewise, in the interest of promoting the rights of sex workers, the organization is opposed to the depiction of the rape and murder of prostitutes.
In the games, players can solicit "services" from prostitutes by driving their cars slowly near them. No sexual acts are in clear visible view, but during the "transaction," the player regains health and loses money. Though the player cannot actively rape prostitutes in the game, a possible rape is alluded to once during the storyline of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The prostitutes, like every other character, are also subject to homicide at the hands of the protagonist.
According to its Web site, SWOP USA is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of sex-industry workers and to the promotion of a safe working environment for the industry.
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*THIS* is the biggest problem hookers have? Being killed off in a video game?
More problems with the video game Grand Theft Auto? Geesh.
Of all protestors... Prostitutes. It's a strange world.
That being said, the Prostis should focus on something else, like legalizing their business, educating themselves about diseases, ripping off Clemen, er, Johns...
Prostitutes are forming unions now?
Good luck getting one of the most popular video games in the world banned. Basically, those who hold video games responsible for criminal behavior lack the capacity for rational thought.
They're not worried about the girls imitating the hookers in the game?
Somewhere around the time that "Bums" were visited by a fairy princess and magically transformed into "homeless" the whores became "sex workers."
We mustn't offend the prostitutes! Oh, my, no!
What were those nuts at Take-Two Interactive thinking? If they'd made a game where you get points for killing off the pro-life protesters they'd have a big hit and praise from the MSM as well.
We have a new klan - the feminist prostitutes concerned about violence against women which they promote by serving as diseased sexual objects. Feminism has reached its height in insanity.
Think of all the movies and other media out there that have Hookers getting knocked off. They're a little late if you ask me.
You "hate" people that play video games? What is the source of this rage? If you do have a kid and they happen to play a video game, something horrible like pacman, you will hate them?
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