We can all agree that sex trafficking of women and girls is abhorrent and should be illegal. Maybe we won’t agree about whether consensual sex work should be legal. (I personally believe it should be.) But where do you stand on punishing cab drivers who knowingly drive around prostitutes?
On Friday morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that pins a $10,000 fine on a cab driver who is convicted the second time for knowingly transporting prostitutes to their work. Simply transporting a prostitute or a decoy prostitute would not be illegal, the mayor said, but knowingly driving around sex workers even after getting caught doing so once before would now constitute participating in a ‘sex trafficking operation.’ Keep reading »
Nearly one year ago, those of us who put our faith and trust in the police had our world rocked: an New York City Police Department officer named Michael Pena was charged with grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, threatening to shoot her, and raping her in a yard. A neighbor saw Pena raping the woman and called 911.
But this March, a jury failed to convict Pena of rape. It convicted him of seven charges, including sexual assault, but wouldn’t convict him of rape because he insisted he did not “penetrate” her. The eyewitness neighbor who called 911 said it very clearly was a rape and was shocked the jury didn’t believe the 25-year-old woman.
Yesterday, the ex-cop admitted he had lied. In a retrial yesterday, Pena admitted he raped the young Bronx teacher and plead guilty to two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. Keep reading »
“Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ had the wedding, the gown (!), and sexy vampire sexy sex. Oh, and shirtless werewolf hunks. Now the trailer for the last movie in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” is here and there’s no way it can compare. The final part of the saga is all about Bella and Edward trying to protect their daughter Renesmee — who, this being a “Twilight” movie, is fearing for her life — and an epic werewolf/vampire battle with the Volturi. Twi-hards may be into it, but as a somewhat apathetic fan, I really think I could skip this one. But of course, I will take my movie-going cues from noted cinéaste James Franco, per usual.