The governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, announced yesterday that he would resign from office after the press discovered his past dealings with a prostitute. The New York Times traced the prostitute and went on to publish details from her MySpace page. A few hours later, the call girl, Ashley Alexandra Dupré, was a freshly made web icon.

The 22-year-old's MySpace page has already been viewed more than four million times (doubling within the space of a few hours) and web-users are digging up anything they can find about the New Yorker. One of her former classmates has already set up a Facebook group with an alleged photo of her as a teenager. No rock has been left unturned. But are these actions condemnable? Born Ashley Youmans in New Jersey, the home-runaway told the New York Times that "this has been a very difficult time" and that she didn't want seen as " monster". But the sex-worker has not turned away from the hounding press and public. She could have easily closed her MySpace account and deleted the photos published on the site. But she didn't. And neither did she delete her song, "What We Want".

Should they have published the prostitute's name?

Mick Stockinger writes for the American blog "Uncorrelated":

The New York Times has revealed the real name of "Kristen" the call girl for no other reason than that they could. She is Ashley Dupre of New York City, an aspiring singer clearly paying the bills with her "day" job. Everyone she ever knew now knows what she's been up to.

Its pretty useless chastising the New York Times for being a sleazy rag. I'm sure its all perfectly legal, but what compelling public interest is there in knowing her name? We are most definitely in National Enquirer territory now--prurient interest.

Just because a woman choses the oldest profession, doesn't mean she wants everyone knowing about it--her mother, father, siblings, cousins, aunts, high school friends, etc...

Miss Dupre is an attractive woman, if not a particularly beautiful one. Aside from her youth, the motivation for Spitzer to throw away his entire life is not obvious. Considering how being a porn actress is now considered an asset for a show biz career, perhaps once she gets over the shock of this invasion of her privacy, Miss Dupre might leverage the attention she'll undoubtedly be getting, into significant opportunities--clearly she needs to find a new line of work.

What is almost certain is that the media will now visit the agonies of hell onto the Spitzer family by attempting to extract every sordid detail of her relationship with Eliot Spitzer. Hey, there's money to be made here..."

Ashley's photos on her MySpace page

Her profile on the website of the agency she worked for

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