“Prostitute women have the highest homicide victimization rate of any set of women ever studied.”
— American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2006
“I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.”
— Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer, convicted of killing 49 women
The next West Mesa killer

We believe the West Mesa killer was Lorenzo Montoya, who was killed in 2006, but someday there will another like him who will target Albuquerque prostitutes. Unfortunately, it's just a matter of time.

For street prostitutes:

  • Leading cause of death is murder (20%)

  • Killed primary by clients (75%)

  • 35% of prostitutes who are murdered are killed by serial killers

  • 72% of serial killers who target prostitutes have previous criminal history, most often of theft and burglary, and are known to police


(Sources: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2006; Homicide Studies, 2010)