»The moral I draw from this richly detailed, terribly sad book is that, since prostitution will never be eliminated, it should be legalized. If people who work as prostitutes were employed by well-regulated brothels, like those that exist in Nevada, they would be far safer, sexual diseases would be minimized and taxes would be paid. But our puritanical, hypocritical society — acting through lawmakers who proclaim »family values« but are not infrequently caught with their pants down — chooses to keep the oldest profession in the shadows, where predatory men kill foolish, often troubled women, often with impunity.«
Lost Girls is a book about a grisly investigation into the murder of prostitutes on Long Island and abouth the culture of sexual violence. Patrick Anderson reviews this true crime report by Robert Kolker at The Washington Post.