The Donald, who has repeatedly insisted that he is not involved in the escort industry, has called for a massive purge of prostitutes and their clients.
In a speech to conservative activists on Wednesday night, the GOP frontrunner said that “the American escort industry is a cesspool of corruption, greed, and abuse, and is responsible for the tragic deaths of so many.”
The Donald’s comments come as a number of recent scandals surrounding escort agencies have rocked the industry.
Earlier this week, a man accused of killing an escort in New York City died after being shot in the head by the man he was working with.
The police said that the man had been fired by a rival escort agency after he attacked a woman who was visiting him in a car.
In the wake of the incident, several women have accused the two agencies of abusing their position of authority over their clients and of failing to protect them from violence.
The escort industry also has faced accusations of exploitative working conditions, including a 2016 report that found that some agencies in the industry routinely pay women less than their male counterparts.
The American Council of Abortions (ACAA) called on the Trump campaign to condemn the incident in a statement released Thursday.
“ACAA is deeply disturbed by the death of a female escort, Ashley, and her horrific death,” the group said.
“We call on the campaign to publicly condemn the deaths of Ashley and all of the other victims of the exploitation of this industry.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier in the day, The Donald spoke at a rally in Florida.
At one point, he referred to the escort trade as “the worst business in America,” and later, after the rally, he said, “I’ve been saying this for years.
We have a problem.
And it’s a problem that I’m gonna have to solve.”
The campaign also announced that the Trump Organization will not be participating in an ad campaign with escort services this year.
“These companies have been used by both politicians and celebrities to sell drugs, commit fraud, and extort women,” the Trump spokesperson said in a press release.
“The Trump campaign has spoken out against this practice and has called on others to do the same.
We’ve also worked with a number agencies to help ensure that our candidates will have the most authentic escort experience possible.”