Women’s rights charities in the UK are warning women and girls who are being trafficked into forced marriages to hide spoons inside their underwear at airports to set off metal detectors. The Guardian UK reported that when women have done this, they have been taken aside by airport security for further questioning and have been able to seek help from authorities. Keep reading »
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It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust, reports USA Today.
Romero-Flores allegedly ran three brothels in Lakewood and filled them with women lured from their homes in Latin America with promises of jobs as house cleaners or babysitters. In these brothels, women were forced to serve up to 40 clients in a single day.
The Internet can be a dangerous place and it seems that adults are now in need of the same Internet safety classes as children these days. Take one Floridian model who traveled up to New York to meet a man she met on Instagram, only to be forced into sex slavery for 12 days. Keep reading »
A brothel filled with men for female customers? We’re listening … It turns out the call comes from an anti-poverty group in Turkey demanding that legal, state-run brothels practice gender equality. The campaigners from Sefkat Der accuse the Turkish government of condoning “sex slavery,” and as a ploy to fight prostitution in general, are daring them to open a brothel that caters to women. After all, the brothels filled with women get over 5,000 male customers a day. “They say men need sex and they need to go to brothels. But on the other hand, they are not accepting the principles of gender equality,’” said one of the campaigners. Keep reading »
- President Obama issued an executive order today which will compel government contractors to assure they are not contributing to human trafficking, including sex trafficking, in the course of their work. Contractors will have to abolish trafficking-type practices like charging “recruitment fees” and being misleading about the jobs which are being filled. “We’re making clear that American tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings,” the President said at the Clinton Global Initiative today, [Wall Street Journal]
- Blogger Nancy Goldstein on why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserves a shot at the presidency — including a quote from moi! [Guardian UK]
- Facebook won’t remove the “12-year-old slut” meme. Which actually, genuinely makes me feel dirty about giving FB my business. [BuzzFeed]
- Tina Fey has signed a four-year deal with Universal television to keep creating shows for NBC. Liz Lemon 4eva! [Slate] Keep reading »
Not that I was under any illusions that pimps were good people as a general demographic, but this just makes me want to take a bath after reading it. On Monday, Long Island police raided the home of an alleged pimp named Steve McDaniel and came across a handwritten list called “Rules 2 Da Game of Hoez!!!” Keep reading »
- Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website Backpage.com for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site. [USA Today]
- A federal judge has upheld a ban on abortions after 20 weeks in Arizona. [The Daily Beast]
- Are you eligible for co-pay free contraception and preventative cancer screenings on August 1, when part of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect? Find out in this fantastic explanatory piece by blogger Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel. [Jezebel]
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a voluntary Latch On NYC campaign to keep infant formula locked up inside hospitals to encourage new moms to breastfeed. Instead of nurses offering formula, they will sign-out the formula if requested by the mom. Also, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to stop giving away gift bags filled with formula. [CBS News] Keep reading »
Well, this is sad/infuriating: Two 15-year-old girls in Ottawa, Canada, have been charged with human trafficking after they forced several other underage girls into prostitution. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 17, and were allegedly driven to various locations by the two girls and their 17-year-old accomplice. Aside from the young age of the girls, Ottawa police say they’re shocked that the offenses occurred in a quiet, middle class neighborhood.
According to affadavits, there were no men involved in the trafficking ring. “We don’t know about any further incidents,” said Staff Sgt. John McGetrick.. “But if there are, we want women out there to know that they can some see us and we’ll work with them and help them out. We’d love to help them.”
The girls face charges of human trafficking, procuring, forcible confinement, assault, sexual assault, robbery, abduction and uttering threats. [National Post]
Human trafficking is the number two most lucrative illegal industry — behind drug trafficking — in the world. Because of its clandestine nature it’s difficult to gauge the extent of its reach, but experts believe that at any given time there are anywhere between 12.3 and 27 million people in forced or bonded labor — and many of them forced against their will into sex work. Promised good paying jobs as waitresses, shop girls and dancers — these women leave their families and their communities and are sold into a life of sexual servitude and abuse.
Watch out, the stupidity is spreading from Down Under: Just like a New Zealand radio station did earlier this year, Canada’s 100.3 FM is hosting a “win a wife” contest. The winner receives airfare to Russia, 13 nights accommodation, and $500 to spend with his mail-order bride. 100.3 FM will hook up some sad sack with services provided by A Volga Girl, a Russian “matchmaking” website. Contestants fill out a questionnaire, submit a photo, and consent to being gossiped about on-air by friends and family. These Romeos will also undergo screenings by a psychologist hired by the contest’s organizers. An online vote will pick the winner, who will then be flown off to Russia to meet his would-be bride. Of course, the contest has no liability and makes no guarantees that the woman will actually marry the winner. Keep reading »