Police in Dallas, Texas, detained a 25-year-old male on Wednesday in connection with the deaths of three women who were allegedly sex workers.
According to the Dallas Police Department, officers’ evidence led to the identification of Oscar Sanchez Garcia as a suspect in a preliminary investigation into three homicides in southwest Dallas.
There are three murder charges against Sanchez Garcia. According to authorities, the three women’s bodies were discovered over the course of three months in the Dallas area of Oak Cliff, close to the Trinity River.
Police reported that Kimberly Robinson, 60, was discovered in a field in late April. Two months later, Cherish Gibson, 25, was discovered by police there with stab wounds. On July 15, a third woman, who has not been named, was also discovered in a field.
At least two of the victims may have connections to prostitution, according to the police.
According to Gillian Branstetter of the ACLU, “Sex workers are targets for violence, specifically because the people who are targeting them know that they are marginalized.”
Conversations about sex work and how violence against those who engage in sex work is frequent have been revived in recent months following the arrests of several alleged serial killers, including architect Rex Heuermann.