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Seven of the eight people killed were women; six were of Asian descent. While the U. The killings in Atlanta follow a wave of recent attacks against Asian Americans since the coronavirus first entered the United States, with the majority of reports coming from women. Still, the suspect equated the businesses to sex, and that drove him to kill, police said. At least one of the victims was a patron, not an employee.
Yaun leaves behind a year-old son and 8-month-old daughter. The shootings follow high-profile instances of race and gender-based killings in recent years by white men. In , a year-old who had railed against women online killed six people and wounded 14 near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The following year, eight Black church members and their pastor were shot and killed in a racist attack in South Carolina. The year after that a shooter targeting Latinos opened fire at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, killing 22 people. Prostitution laws mean women also fear reporting harassment or violence to police, afraid of being arrested themselves or their pleas ignored, she said.
Those fears are even more pronounced for women of color, those who are immigrants or those with few language skills. Researchers who spoke to more than Chinese and Korean workers at illicit massage businesses for a study found that while some women did say they felt deceived or coerced into jobs that involved sex work, many more chose the profession after having bad experiences in the few other types of generally low-paying jobs available to them, like restaurants and nail salons. Moral views can shape beliefs about sexuality, and friends described the Atlanta shooting suspect as being deeply Christian.
He also told police he had planned to go to Florida to target the porn industry. The sex-addiction claim is a way to redirect blame, Kao said. Meanwhile, the suspect, Robert Aaron Long has been arrested on charges of murder and assault. Follow Lindsay Whitehurst at twitter. Stigmas on race, gender and sex overlap in Atlanta slayings. FILE - In this March 17, , file photo, flowers, candles and s are displayed at a makeshift memorial outside of the Gold Spa following a shooting in Atlanta.
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