Georgina Perry has been the service manager for Open Doors, a clinical, case management and outreach service for sex workers in London. She speaks of the overhyped issue of trafficking in the run up to
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a far-ranging piece of legislation that was passed by the Senate in June and made official last week. A government official said that the new law is
intended to curtail a number of offenses frequently committed on the internet, but that it also prohibits certain content-related behavior.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview that punishable acts under the
new law include offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data system, illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference and misuse of devices.
The law also includes offenses such
as computer-related forgery, fraud, libel and identity theft, as well as content-related offenses such as cybersex and child pornography.
The Act is particularly miserable in sections defining banning webcam girls, sex video chat or cybersex. The
act defines cybersex as the wilful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favour or consideration .
The law states that the regional trial court
shall have jurisdiction over any violation of the provisions of this Act including any violation committed by a Filipino national regardless of the place of commission... if any of the elements was committed within the Philippines .
breaking the law faces a fine of 250,000 Philippine pesos ($6,000; £ 3,700) and a jail term of up to six months.
One of the authors of the law, senator Edgardo Angara, said the act was needed to detect,
investigate and suppress cybercrime such as hacking, cybersex, identity theft, spamming, and child pornography online.
The National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police are now meant to set up a cybercrime unit to
exclusively handle cases involving violations of this act . To deal with these cases, the authorities are planning to create cybercrime courts with specially trained judges.
Philippine media organisations have expressed concerns that it may
also be used to curb press freedom because it lists internet libel as cybercrime. According to the act, someone found guilty of libellous comments online, including comments made on social networks and blogs, could be jailed for up to 12 years with no
possibility of parole.
A Spanish school offering a professional course in prostitution which it says guarantees a job offer on graduation, has survived its first legal challenge to be closed down.
For EUR100, students are taught the history of the world's oldest
profession, how to use erotic toys and the most popular positions contained within the Kama Sutra.
The school began advertising the course in May, but within weeks the Valencian regional government filed a case with prosecutors, alleging that the
school promoted prostitution, which is illegal in Spain.
But now prosecutors have said that there was not any evidence that a criminal offence had been committed because advertisements for students did not promote prostitution, constitute fraud
and were not aimed at minors, reported The Times.
The venture has attracted the inevitable nutter flak but the school says it will make the trade safer. It will also ensure budding sex-workers will not fall foul of the law, with in depth
descriptions of the industry's laws and how to work around them.
Esther Lopez Barcelo, a United Left MP in Valencia, said the party was considering appealing the ruling.
Amsterdam City Council has decided to rezone large sections of De Wallen, as it is known in Dutch, and shut down and evict brothels and other sex businesses which fail to co-operate.
The get-tough policy will come into effect in parallel with a
new law banning tourists from the city's coffee shops , where cannabis and other drugs can be bought and consumed legally. The law is in force in Maastricht, and will apply nationwide from January 1st next.
The miserable deputy mayor,
Lodewijk Asscher, who is overseeing the anti-sex work campaign, said the red light area's enormous value made a legal challenge inevitable. He said:
De Wallen is big business, and sex industry bosses are always ready
for a fight. Even before the outline zoning proposals were completed, we were aware that lawyers had been briefed and were preparing to pick holes in them wherever possible.
The district currently has 400 red-light windows, and
Asscher said that should be reduced by 100 by 2017.
Sexwork.ie is an escort advertising company's blog on the 2012 Irish Government consultation on prostitution.
The site is keeping track of submissions to the Irish governments consultation on changing the country's prostitution laws.
site has analysed the submission from the umbrella campaign group Turn Off the Red Light. It has also just published the consultation result from the most extremist of the Irish anti prostitution campaigners of Ruhama . Predictably it has
called for extreme punishments to all activities linked to sex work and of course the criminalisation of people who purchase sex.
New York's highest court is set to hear arguments on whether Nite Moves , a strip club in suburban Albany, deserves a state tax exemption similar to that for theater or ballet.
State tax officials say the club owes an 8% sales tax for
admissions to the club and for so-called couch sales, where patrons pay for private lap dances, the Associated Press reports.
Nite Moves claims the dances are exempt under state tax law as live dramatic or musical arts performances, which applies to theater and ballet, the AP reports.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office argues in its briefs that some Nite Moves performers have no dance training and simple pick it up by watching. Such a dancer isn't engaged in a genuine choreographic dance performance when
she removes her clothing, the brief says.
But Stephen Dick, the club's CFO, dismisses the notion that formal training should be any critera when its comes to entertainment.
A recent survey has revealed that Denmark's residents are strongly opposed to a ban on prostitution.
The news comes this week via a new study commissioned by the Jyllands Posten news agency and conducted by Ramboll Analyse/Danmark. Results from
the survey revealed an overwhelming majority of Danes think such a ban would only bring additional danger for those working within the sex industry.
Figures showed that 67% of respondents were against a prostitution ban, whilst only around 20%
said they would be in favour of such legislation.
Despite the findings, some Danish lawmakers predictably continue to push for changes to legislation. Rasmus Horn Langhoff of the Socialdemokraterne party said in an interview with Jyllands Posten:
I agree that ratifying a ban will take a lot of work, but we must send a clear message that it is not okay to buy sex because of how negative it is for the women.
However, officials from the
Gadejuristen (the Street Lawyer) law agency, which works with sex workers on a regular basis, said that a ban would only make the current situation worse. Lawyer Nanna Gottfredsen said on behalf of the firm:
completely wrong if you think that you can solve serious social issues by criminalising them. Doing this will only worsen the situation. You push the sex workers further into a grey zone. They will hide themselves and their activities and social workers
will no longer be able to contact those in need of help.
A sex meter scheme, taxing prostitutes 6 euros a night to work the streets of Bonn has raised more than 35,000 euros for public coffers in its first year.
Prostitutes working the streets have to buy themselves a ticket from the converted parking
meters each night, or face a fine. In fact wardens have only handed out about 20 fines so far.
The sex tax has been accepted by the prostitutes, said city spokeswoman Elke Palm. The idea, introduced last August, was an extension of a tax
imposed on brothels in the city at the beginning of 2011, Die Welt newspaper reported.
The tax scheme includes the provision of performance huts where prostitutes and their customers can conduct business. This has reduced the number of
complaints from people living near the areas where prostitutes work, said Palm.
Mechthild Eickel, chairwoman of the sexworkers' association Bufas, said it was unfair that prostitutes rather than their customers should have to pay the tax. It is
a pleasure for the customers. Why don't they put the money in? she asked the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.
Miserable Irish politicians considering banning prostitution have been urged to back off by a leading escort agency.
MPs and senators mulling over new laws to outlaw customers paying for sex have even been invited to visit the offices of Escort
Ireland. The web firm submitted a lengthy appeal to the Leinster House committee looking at law changes. Their submission states:
We believe there is nothing wrong with someone paying for sexual services and most
clients are decent people.
We don't think adults should be prosecuted for privately paying other consenting adults for sex. Escort Ireland, which by-passes a ban on advertising sex services by operating from the UK, warned against
driving the business underground. They added:
We feel the views of sex workers are the views that need to be heard more than any others.
'Justice' and Equality Committee member and Fine Gael TD
David Stanton said:
The committee should be careful about what weight it affords certain submissions like this one. There are all sorts of people involved in prostitution and they have their own agendas.
Creating a legal red light district similar to Amsterdam's would cut organized crime out of the sex trade and prevent the exploitation of prostitutes, Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris has said:
It's an experimental
project, which could take off soon, the mayor said. We need to circumscribe an area in which we know the sex trade takes place. The police presence will drive organized crime out.
Prostitution is not a crime, said the mayor, a former
A potential candidate is the eastern neighborhood of Barra, which last year offered to create a so-called love park, in which couples could park their cars undisturbed.
His proposal was welcomed by the women in his
administration and in some Neapolitan female leftist circles. I've seen red light districts in Canada, Holland and many other civilized countries, Marinella De Nigris, a lawyer, told Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper. I think it's a fair
proposal, as long as the state upholds the rules.
A new attempt to allow Scottish councils to ban lap dancing clubs on moral grounds is to be launched.
Sandra White of the SNP previously made an attempt to shut down the clubs supported by her party's then minority administration, but was defeated
by 76 votes to 45. This time, the SNP has an overall majority and their plans to give councils the powers to refuse adult entertainment licences would almost certainly go ahead.
'Justice' Secretary Kenny MacAskill has already met Ms White to give
her new proposals his blessing.
At the moment, lap dancing clubs need only a public entertainment licence. The new move would create an adult entertainment licence to be issued by councils and it would be up to them to set how many establishments
would be acceptable, and that could be none at all.
White, the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, claims that lap dancing exploits women and has links to prostitution. The MSP said:
I feel so strongly about this and that
is why I am going down this route. It would give councillors the choice to say if one lap dancing club is too many. Under this legislation, they would be able to decide that and not risk being taken to court by lap dancing club owners. It would not be
mandatory and the decision would lie with each local authority.
Scottish Tory chief whip John Lamont said the party would not be backing the latest plans and added:
Many of us took jobs in bars or
shops to help pay our way through university, or other points in our lives. To shut the door on those who wish to work in such establishments is wrong. People may well have moral objections to their existence, but no one is forcing them to go
inside, or even to walk past them.
It is important that the SNP is not allowed to erode freedom of choice as yet another value they want to abolish from Scottish society.
The best way forward is to ensure
tight regulation is in place so no one is being exploited and everything taking place is legal.
The US Republican Party is calling for a crackdown on pornography. As they prepare to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate for the Nov. 6 election, Republicans have added language to their official platform that anti-porn nutters said
would encourage the federal government to step up prosecution of pornography involving adults.
Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced, the platform says, according to a draft obtained by
Republicans are planning a Tuesday vote on the document, a nonbinding statement of principles that tackles everything from monetary policy to abortion.
This appears to be the first time that the party has called for a crackdown on
sexually explicit material involving adults, a multi-billion-dollar industry. Adult obscenity cases have been exceedingly rare over the past 20 years. Though the administration of George W. Bush promised a crackdown, only the most extreme forms of
pornography have been targeted.
Anti-pornography nutter Patrick Trueman said the language in the Republican platform would bolster a broader push against the type of sexually explicit material that is sold by convenience stores, by hotels via
pay-per-view television programming, and satellite and cable TV providers.
According to Trueman's group, Romney promised earlier this year that he would push for strict enforcement of obscenity laws, as well as the broader use of blocking
software to screen out Internet porn.
Praise TV features pastor Gilbert Deya, a self-styled evangelical bishop from Peckham, south London, who claimed to deliver miracle babies to infertile women and has faced accusations of child abduction.
After battling against
extradition back to his home country of Kenya for several years, Deya lost his legal battle against deportation in September 2011.
Praise TV has in the past aired controversial content, such as promising to cure viewers with serious illnesses by
prayer if they offer a donation, however Ofcom has not previously sanctioned the channel.
Praise TV Licensee: Destiny Broadcasting Network Europe Limited
In the course of the correspondence with Ofcom, statements made by Destiny Broadcasting Network Europe Limited about the operation of the Licensed Service failed to satisfy Ofcom that the Licensee had general control over
which programmes and other services were comprised in the Licensed Service. Ofcom therefore concluded that Destiny Broadcasting Network Europe Limited had ceased to provide the Licensed Service in accordance with section 362(2) of the Act and that,
accordingly, it was appropriate to revoke the licence.
In addition, and in the alternative, Ofcom was satisfied that in the course of correspondence with Ofcom, the Licensee, in purporting to comply with any of the Conditions of
the Licence, provided information which was false in a material particular or withheld any material information with the intention of causing Ofcom to be misled.
Ofcom's annual survey of consumer attitudes towards broadcasting charts the changing public opinion towards media issues.
UK adults increasingly believe that the 9pm watershed on TV is set at the right time, Ofcom research reveals. The
proportion of adults saying the timing of the watershed was about right has risen from 64% in 2005 to over three quarters (77%) in 2011.
Overall, three quarters (74%) of respondents felt the current levels of TV censorship were about
The latest survey also shows that the proportion of adults saying there is too much sex, violence or swearing on TV has fallen by about a third since 2005.
In 2011, one in four (25%) adults felt there was too much sex on TV, and just over one in three felt there was
too much violence (36%) and swearing (37%). This compares to 36% of adults saying there was too too much sex on TV in 2005, with 56% for violence and 55% for swearing.
Nine in ten adults (89%) said they were aware that TV programmes
are censored, up from 85% in 2010. Four in ten (41%) of respondents believed that the internet was regulated. However, more than two in five (44%) felt current levels of internet regulation were too little , (increasing to 51% when asking
This month's cover of Spain's Fuera de Serie , magazine features Michelle Obama in a mocked up nude.
The Spanish Magazine either decided to go provocative or political when featuring a manipulated image of the first lady pictured as a
topless, enslaved woman.
Taken from the Famous Nudes series done by artist Karine Percheron-Daniels, the painting was created by superimposing Obama's face onto the body of the Black enslaved woman shown in the 1800 Portrait d'une
ne'gresse by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist.
Clearly provoked by the sight of Obama showcased as an enslaved woman, the black blogosphere has waged a digital war against the cover, claiming that the image is nothing short of blatantly
By choosing to use such a jarring image to tell the story of how America's first lady seduced the people of the United States and stole the heart of Barack Obama, as Fuera de Serie describes her, writes
Brande Victorian of Madame Noire, it's clear the magazine agrees with that mentality and wants to spread the message loud and clear: todavi'a estamos esclavos. We are still slaves.
Pakistan's Censor Board has banned Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger for its depiction of Pakistani intelligence operatives, the second Bollywood film to suffer such a fate this year. Ek Tha Tiger was one of the most anticipated Indian films of the
Muhammed Ashraf Gondal, vice-chairman of the Central Board of Film Censors, said the movie was problematic for screening in Pakistan for its depiction of the country's security agencies:
strict criteria due to which films that have themes that touch on anti-terrorism and are against Pakistan's national institutions or security agencies ultimately have to be censored because they are against the national interest.
According to media reports, Katrina Kaif plays the role of a Pakistani spy posing as a scientist's part-time home caretaker in
Ek Tha Tiger .
It is the second Bollywood film to be banned this year for its depiction of Pakistani intelligence operatives, the first being Saif Ali Khan's Agent Vinod.
A German consumer protection group has sent Facebook a cease and desist letter that claims the website breaches German privacy law.
Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (Federation of German Consumer Organizations) says Facebook has one week
to stop automatically giving third party applications information about its users without their explicit consent.
The group said in a statement Monday that if Facebook fails to comply by Sept. 4 it will sue the California company.
has stricter laws than most countries on data protection. These give consumers significant rights to limit the way companies use their information.
Some of France's leading intellectuals have poured scorn on the government's goal of eradicating prostitution.
Writing in Thursday's edition of the weekly political magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, a collection of academics, artists and writers
suggest efforts to get rid of the world's oldest profession are bound to fail and question whether the Socialist administration should even be trying.
The intellectuals said any move to liberate women from sexual slavery or the clutches of
organised crime would be welcome. But they argued that:
talk of abolishing prostitution was based on two debatable assumptions: that charging for sex is an affront to women's dignity and that all prostitutes are all
victims of their bastard clients. A women who prostitutes herself, whether she does so occasionally or full-time, is not necessarily a victim of male oppression.
Among the signatories to the article were philosopher Elisabeth
Badinter, writer Regine Desforges and film-maker Claude Lanzmann.
Performers at Edinburgh Fringe have been urged to stop cracking jokes about rape and sexual assault during this year's festival.
Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Carr, Chris Turner, Chris Dangerfield and Paul Revill are among those targeted by a group of
radical feminists .
The Feminist Avengers, who have vowed to take guerrilla action against sexism, misogyny and rape culture , have sent letters of protest along with a courgette to the comics saying:
Hear the one about the comedian who thinks that rape jokes are funny?
He was told to go fuck himself.
Spokeswoman Clare Zetkin said:
It is estimated that
one billion women and girls on our planet have been raped -- this is not a laughing matter. However, we have a culture in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Free Fringe; a rape culture where jokes about rape are the norm. Rape jokes are an everyday
occurrence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Free Fringe.
As a group of radical feminists we have a great sense of humour; but making comedy out of violence against women makes us angry.
The Spanish city of Barcelona will fine the customers of streetwalkers up to 1500 euros with lesser penalties for sex workers city authorities said.
The city will fine clients and people helping or promoting prostitution in the street when
a new bylaw comes into force on Friday, the city hall said in a statement.
The prostitutes will face fines between 100 and 300 euros and their clients 1,000 to 1,200 euros. This rises to 750 euros for a prostitute and 1,500 for a client if
soliciting takes place less than 200 metres from a school.
Sex workers will have the chance to cancel their fine if they attend social courses to get out of prostitution.
Prostitution is not illegal nationwide in Spain but was banned in
Barcelona in 2006. That ban has not curbed it in Spain's second-biggest city and the new bylaw toughens the conditions, particularly the fines for customers.
A miserable campaign to criminalise men who pay for sex has launched billboards in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.
Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland which has helped support the campaign, said all
avenues need to be explored to raise awareness and force a law change. She said The story of Anna depicted on the billboards is in no way unique and reflects a reality which exists in every county in Ireland.
The Turn Off The Red Light
Campaign cited Department of Justice figures for 2011 which show that eight children were trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation, with 15 detected in 2010.
Charlton said: Public support is needed to bring about real change and we hope
the billboard and Twitter campaign will motivate people to contact their local politicians and demand that the sex trade is shut down by making it illegal to pay for sex.
Turn Off The Red Light campaigns to end prostitution in Ireland and is
backed by more than 50 organisations including trade unions, political parties and nutter groups. It wants to make Ireland's vice laws similar to Sweden where people who pay for sex are criminalised before the prostitute.
A Berlin court has rejected an emergency appeal by three mosques to prohibit a far-right group from displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad at a demonstration this weekend.
The Berlin administrative court ruled the caricatures were
protected by laws allowing artistic free expression and their display alone did not violate laws against slander nor those against inciting hate or violence.
Three mosques had filed the appeal after the far-right Citizens Movement -- Pro
Germany had said it would display the caricatures during its Aug. 18 demonstration in the capital, being held under the slogan Islam does not belong in Germany -- stop Islamization .
At least four members of a Muslim catacomb sect in Tatarstan have been charged with child abuse for allegedly keeping dozens of children underground without heat, sunlight or proper ventilation for nearly a decade.
Reports say Faizrakhman
Sattarov, the sect's 83-year-old leader, was charged with arbitrariness.
Authorities found about 70 people living in the underground bunker, including 27 children and 38 adults who were in squalid catacomb-like cells, dug out on eight
different levels beneath Sattarov's house.
To passersby on the surface, the complex appears to be a three-story brick house topped by a small minaret with a tin crescent moon and situated on a 700-square-meter plot of land.
were born in the underground bunker beneath the building and had never seen the light of day.
Tatarstan police say the house was built illegally and will be demolished.
The 2009 law criminalizing the purchase of sexual services in Norway has led to prostitutes being more dependent on pimps and encourages human trafficking, according to a new research study.
Prior to the 2009 Sex Purchase Act, Norway had one of
Europe's smallest and least organized markets for prostitution. Women came voluntarily, rented apartments and sold sex from there - without the interference from any pimp.
The introduction of the law has made this process more complicated,
according to a report in the Stavanger Aftenblad daily.
The women are very vulnerable towards the police and to a greater extent on the network and support that pimps can offer, said Guri Tyldum, a researcher at trades union backed Fafo to
Tyldum furthermore believes that the criminalization of prostitution has made it more attractive to traffickers. She said:
The criminalization intended to demonstrate that prostitution is not wanted
in Norway. The risk is that the most dangerous and serious form of prostitution that remains.
Norway's Ministry of Justice has announced an evaluation of the sex purchase act.
Trojan's plan to distribute 10,000 free vibrators from hot dog carts ran into trouble when New York council employees shut down the Flatiron District location due to overcrowding.
There's a lot more important things the city should be
worried about than a free-vibrator giveaway, complained Park Slope bar owner Melody Henry: Bloomberg doesn't want anyone to have fun. You can't have a giant soda. You can't have a vibrator.
But city council workers issued a statement
explaining that the problem wasn't the sex toys; and claimed it was just that the carts just needed an official permit.
Over at Buzzfeed Shift, Amy Odell provides an eyewitness account of the Flatiron Scene. When she arrived, the carts were
already empty. Trojan employees were taking down email addresses and promising to get people their free vibrators somehow, even if they had to mail them. About 50 people were waiting in line, and when two cops showed up to deal with the crowd, they put
their names down too.
Barrister Simon Walsh and former Boris Johnson aide has been acquitted of possessing extreme pornography in a landmark case over the boundaries of what can be described as extreme .
The jury was unanimous and took less than 90 minutes to
clear Walsh after a week-long trial.
The case is believed to be the first to address whether images of anal fisting, a sexual practice which is legal, and urethral sounding are extreme pornography, as defined under the disgraceful law, section 63
of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
After searching Walsh's home and office computers, the investigators found nothing incriminating. All they could come up with six email attachment images, on a Hotmail server account he set up to
receive and send sexual messages.
Surely this lack of substantial evidence, coupled with the desperately thin set of email attachments must have sounded a few warning bells about persecution. Anyone owning a computer must know that there are bound
to be a few undesirable images hanging round somewhere, especially in email folders. It must have gone through the minds of jurors that should the police ever take an interest in their computers, then this could easily happen to them or their families.
Walsh was sacked from his position on the London Fire Authority on his arrest in April last year. He was a man of impeccable character who had made an outstanding contribution to society, the court heard, and had previously chaired the City of
London Corporation police authority and licensing authority.
Walsh faced five charges under the 2008 act, which stipulates images are extreme if they are grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character and if they portray, in an explicit and realistic way
any act which results in, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person's anus, breasts or genitals .
The prosecution claimed three images, found in attachments in Walsh's sent box, showed urethreal sounding, where a medical
instrument is inserted into the tip of the penis to stretch the urethra and stimulate the prostate, acts that were likely to cause injury to a person's genitals. Two images showed anal fisting, which was likely to cause injury to a person's anus, it
The defence argued there was no evidence of any serious injury in any of those images, and that the activities were low risk. Walsh had taken the urethral sounding images himself at a New Year's Eve party and sent them only to other
participants at the party, the court heard.
Medical evidence was examined showing that there were risks in these activities, but these risks were not generally 'likely' to occur.
A sixth charge, of possessing an indecent image of an
underage boy, related to an attachment sent to Walsh which showed a sexually aroused male with a ligature. Walsh told the court he had no recollection of ever opening the attachment on the email, which was unsolicited and unanswered. The defence claimed
the image was not of a child but an adult. It was also not possible to prove Walsh had opened the attachment, the court heard.
Three defence experts viewed the image and stated in written reports that Jason was in his twenties. As a matter of
legal procedure, the jury never heard this expert evidence. Instead they used their common sense and acquitted Walsh.
Prosecutor Thomas Wilkins told the court Walsh was a gay man who has what he described as a strange sex life . Wilkins
said: He doesn't dispute that he uses the email account purely for his sex life. He doesn't dispute that he is interested in bondage and sadomasochism. There was no dispute that Walsh had sent three of the images, but, added Wilkins, he
disputes that they are extreme or pornographic .
Trial Report: The acquittal of Simon Walsh at Kingston Crown Court
Unlike the Obscene Publication Act, which covers distribution, the CJIA shifts the burden on to individuals in
possession of pornography. People need to know how to modify their behaviour in accordance with the law, yet it is unclear what acts constitute extreme pornography .
As well as criminalising acts which are legal to perform,
the CJIA would seemingly outlaw images which have been exhibited in art galleries. In 2008, the Barbican Gallery's Seduced exhibition included photographic images of male on male anal fisting and male urethral insertion from artist Robert Mapplethorpe's
X Portfolio. The gallery cleared them with the City of London police before the exhibition opened.
Police also regularly misclassify images they discover. In the Stafford extreme pornography trial, my client was initially charged
with being in possession of over 1,250 extreme images. Upon viewing them, it became clear that over 900 were of clothed performers not engaging in any form of sexual activity. That defendant was eventually acquitted by a jury of all charges.
So, would you even know what material might be illegal? Have you been sent junk emails and not opened them? How much do you know about operating systems caching images attached to unopened emails?
Comment: Why the porn trial verdict is no reason to celebrate
Red faces over at the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police, as a jury took under three hours to clear former aide to London Mayor Boris Johnson , Simon Walsh of a string of charges brought under
extreme porn laws. Indeed, were Twitter an accurate reflection of the nation's views on a topic, Keir Starmer, Head of the CPS and all those involved in the prosecution would this afternoon be looking for new jobs: such has been the mix of disbelief
and outrage that public money and police time should be wasted on footling state attempts to interfere in the private lives of consenting adults.
The effect of this [extreme porn] law is pernicious. It
doesn't seem to have done much to stem the tide of porn that so many politicians obsess about. It has given police and prosecution another stick with which to beat the unwary --- and to punish them should they not be punishable for any other crime.
For all that this result has been embarrassing to the CPS, they continue to make progress on what is beginning to feel like a serious moral agenda at the heart of their practice. Calls for review of
prosecuting practice have followed swiftly. Ian Dunt, of politics.co.uk, thinks it is time to look again at
the culture within the CPS. Ben Goldacre wonders aloud whether it is mere coincidence that a lawyer who has made a career of bringing corrupt police
officers to book should be the target of such legal manoeuvring, also suggesting we need an inquiry into why CPS and police keep bring these [cases].
Comment: The shameful and nasty prosecution of Simon Walsh
It was a sensible jury decision, and one well-deserved by Walsh and his fine legal team.
But this is a matter which should never have got before a jury, for this was a shameful and
nasty prosecution of a good man.
The law is bad to begin with. The offence in its entirety is dealt with over four sections of the relevant statute, and is perhaps the most complex as well as one of the most illiberal prohibitions
in criminal law. However, the effect of the law is stark: possession of certain extreme pornographic images of adults is a serious crime even if the acts portrayed are consensual or staged.
Comment: Reflections and
future legal directions after #porntrial
Shit-play or sexual play incorporating excrement also characterised the fisting images and whilst the focus has been
on injury, I always felt that the issue that might affect a jury more was that of disgust - a term utilised in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, and part of the tests a jury must satisfy. Representing - quite literally - the dirty
, the unclean , this was for me the issue that a jury might find the most difficult to comprehend, and the most likely to cause discomfort.
Oh ye of little faith. The jury demonstrated - in a unanimous verdict - that
they did not find such an image grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character (within the meaning of S63(6)(b)) and so whilst the focus has been on fisting, I think the acceptance of scat images is just as - if not more -
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An appeals court in Queensland has ruled that hotel and motel owners do not have the right to turn away escorts because of their profession.
The working girl who filed the lawsuit and who goes by the name GK sued a hotel who turned her away
in 2010 after discovering his profession. Originally a local court ruled that the hotel did nothing wrong, but an appeals court has now overturned that ruling.
The incident occurred at the 3.5-star Drovers Rest Motel after GK had stayed at Drovers
Rest Motel 17 times over a two year period. Hotel officials turned her away after discovering that she was a sex worker.
Unfortunately for the hotel, Australia has legalized escort services and sex workers can not be discriminated against because
of their job. By turning away GK the motel according to the appeals court acted in a discriminatory manner based on her profession.
The development most threatening to freedom of religion or belief in the Russian Federation is misapplication of the federal 2002 Extremism Law against those the authorities dislike. Such violations have increased dramatically since 2007 under both
Presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev.
Two provisions of Russia's federal Extremism Law of 2002 are typically used to criminalise legitimate religious activity. Prosecutors interpret one definition of extremism -- propaganda of the exclusivity, superiority or lack of equal worth of an individual on the basis of their .. religious .. adherence or attitude to religion
-- as covering claims that a particular religion or belief is superior to others. However, the right to make such claims is a fundamental part of the internationally recognised right to freedom of religion or belief.
Prosecutors may also insist that such claims fall foul of a second definition of extremism in the Law -
incitement .. of religious discord . The Code may consequently be used to prosecute simple disagreement. When committed by an ordinary member of the public, and even if unaccompanied by violence or the threat of violence, the maximum punishment
under Article 282 is two years' imprisonment.
Initially, the 2002 Law stipulated that incitement of religious discord had to be committed in connection with violence or the threat of violence. Prosecution of activities that
had no association with violence became easier, however, when this stipulation was removed in July 2007.
The 2002 Law's main mechanism for prosecuting the offence of criticising a religion or belief is the designation of
literature containing such criticisms as extremist. Even a very low-level court may issue such a ruling. If not successfully challenged, this results in automatic placement of the offending literature on the Federal List of Extremist Materials. Once on
the List, distribution is banned throughout Russia. Religious organisations associated with particular titles may also be ruled extremist. Their members are then liable to prosecution under two articles of the Criminal Code concerning organisation of
extremist activity (Articles 282.1 and 282.2). The harshest punishment these articles allow is six years' imprisonment.
Two new laws have entered service in Thailand. One banning drinking of alcoholic beverages in vehicles and the other banning sales and drinking of alcohol in factories. They have been published in the Royal Gazette and were effective from today, August
The two announcements were issued under the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2008.
Jadet Chaowilai, adviser of the Network of People Affected by Alcoholic Drinks, thanked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for issuing the two laws which
hopefully will reduce the number of deaths, injuries and disabilities as a result of drinking alcohol.
It was also pointed out that the law may provide another opportunity for the police to harangue people with false or real claims that passengers
Today the Crown Prosecution Service will attempt to persuade a jury that images of anal fisting should be classified as extreme pornography with the risk to the defendant of three years in custody, inclusion on the sex offenders' register and
damage to his personal and professional standing. All for a type of image which is commonly viewed, of an activity which is itself is legal to perform and is even discussed in the book Fifty Shades of Grey.
defendant, Simon Walsh, has been charged with being in possession of extreme pornographic images under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008: so the Prosecution must prove that the act of fisting is likely to result in serious
injury to a person's anus .
The Defendant, Simon Walsh, who is represented by my firm (Hodge Jones & Allen) has given his express permission for this information to be published.
arrested and charged with these offences, Simon was a successful professional and politician in the City who, amongst other things, prosecuted police officers accused of disciplinary offences. After being charged, Simon lost both professional and
political positions, despite the fact that no pornography was found on any of his work computers. In fact, no pornography was found on Simon's home computers either.
Instead, the police had to interrogate Simon's personal
email account (server) in order to discover a few images they deemed questionable. This included an image of a man wearing a gas mask. Their expert stated that this was likely to cause serious harm, even death by asphyxiation: despite being a piece of
equipment designed to assist breathing. This charge was eventually dropped.
Unfortunately, by performing the interrogation of Simon's email account in the fashion they did, the police contaminated the only source of
evidence; making it impossible to identify whether images attached to emails had in fact been opened and viewed.
Literature lovers around the world have released a collective gasp, or perhaps a groan, at the news that the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has become the bestselling book in British history.
The erotic novel has sold in
excess of 5.3m copies in print and ebook, more than The Highway Code , Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, or Harry Potter
In a statement author EL James said:
My main ambition when I signed the
deal with Random House was to see my books in the shops. I simply had no idea they would be so successful and this is totally unexpected. The whole process has been both extraordinary and rewarding. I couldn't be more pleased with the sales and would
like to thank everyone involved.
Clinic A-GoGo is located on Soi 7 near Beach Road.
I stopped by in Happy Hour when draft beer was 59 Baht. This is perhaps a little too early for a full review, and the bar may be better at peak time.
The bar had some pretty girls on stage and is above average on that front. There were about 5 girls on stage at a time, and there were enough girls in the bar for 2 shifts. There was one topless dancer and the rest were bikini clad.
There was also a less clothed lady soaping herself down in a Jacuzzi.
The girls were ignoring the customers though. After dancing some of the girls would get dressed and go and join the welcome crew out
The attractive girls on stage made for a pleasant drink, but the lack of interaction soon had me moving on.
Class of Nuke 'Em High is a 1986 US comedy horror by Richard W. Haines & Michael Herz. With Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton and Robert Prichard. See IMDb
UK: The Director's Cut/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:
UK 2012 Arrow RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD at UK Amazon just released on 6th
It rotted their bodies. It corrupted their minds. And that's the good news
At Tromaville High School the kids are revolting. Literally. The irradiated marijuana
they've been buying from The Cretins, a tough gang of ex-star pupils turned atomic punks, is turning them into freaks. Girls are giving birth to demon babies, the nerds are developing super strength and there's a monster in the school basement that eats
honour roll students for breakfast.
Welcome to State education Troma-style, a place where the science lab is kitted out with lasers and nudity is often compulsory. The Class of Nuke Em High will have their work cut out surviving
until the final bell, let alone graduation.
So join the Class of Nuke 'Em High in this low rent Troma classic, a straight-to-video masterclass in shlock and awe from the people who brought you Surf Nazi's Must Die.
High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD transfer of the unrated Director's Cut of the film
Optional English SDH subtitles on the main feature
Audio commentary with Troma Studios founder and Class of Nuke 'em High co-director Lloyd Kaufman
Interview with stars Robert and Jennifer Prichard
Pingarelli on the making of the nuclear power plant effect
Troma Studios tour with Llloyd Kaufman
Public Service Announcement by Lemmy from Moto"rhead featuring Trey Parker
and Matt Stone, creators of South Park
Aroma du Troma
Troma Studios Trailer Reel
Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly
commissioned artwork by Graham Humphries
Collector's Booklet by critic and author David Hayles
Previous Uncut Versions
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A City of London nightclub has been shut down under repressive new lap-dancing laws after its shows offered more fun than the usual.
The owners of Charlie's Bar, the only venue to offer lap-dancing in the Square Mile, were prosecuted for holding
more lap-dancing nights in four months than it was allowed over the whole year.
The club near Tower Hill was refused a sex entertainment venue licence last year by the City of London Corporation, which claims such venues are damaging to women. It
is allowed to hold 11 lap-dancing nights a year under an exemption to new laws making it illegal for sex entertainment venues to operate without a licence. But police discovered 14 were held in four months from September, with CCTV showing that some of
the shows turned into rather more intimate and illegal sexual activity .
The bar has now had its premises licence revoked and its owners have been fined £ 31,500 for operating a sex entertainment venue
without a licence in one of the first prosecutions of its kind. The manager also had his personal licence suspended for six months.
Edward Lord, miserable chairman of the City's licensing committee, spewed:
corporation is determined to make the City a safe place to live, work and socialise. We will not tolerate licensed premises acting outside the law.
A new messaging device, dubbed Kissenger, lets users send kisses wirelessly to one another.
Unveiled at the Designing Interactive Systems conference in Newcastle, UK, in June, Kissenger comprises a pair of pressure-sensitive soft plastic lips
which protrude through a smooth plastic casing the size of a large Easter egg.
The lips contain pressure sensors and actuators. When you kiss them, the shape changes you create are transmitted in real time over the net to a receiving Kissenger.
There, the actuators reproduce the mirror image of the pressure patterns you created.
Hooman Samani of Singapore-based Lovotics developed the device. For the moment it is a prototype and Samani says it will not be commercialised until all the
ethical and technical considerations are covered .
Four topless activists from a women's rights group were arrested after they carried out a protest in central London.
The protesters accused the Olympics' governing body of having supported bloody Islamist regimes.
demonstration near Tower Bridge, described as an Islamic marathon by the protesters, was organised by the Ukrainian feminist group Femen.
Protesters said the demonstration was against bloody Islamist regimes which they said had been
supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Some of the women had slogans marked on their bare chests. At least one carried the message: No Sharia .
In a statement published on its Facebook page, the protest group said a
number of its French members had been arrested. It said:
Femen requires the states that apply the laws of sharia be shut out of the Olympic games, because of the inhumanity of these laws, which are in total
contradiction with Olympic principles that are peace and philanthropy.
Femen accuses these states of simulating democratic changes regarding the position of women.
With the support of the IOC, these
Islamist governments use the participation of women in the Olympic games to hide thousands of victims and dead.
If the IOC keeps flirting with radical Islam, new Olympic disciplines, such as stoning or speed raping will be added
to the competition.
Owned by the Naturist Association Thailand, Chan Resort in Pattaya is the only naturist resort in Thailand which allows guests to fully enjoy the natural surroundings of the area – without wearing
There was an earlier episode of hype from Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris claiming that the up n coming The Expendables 2 would be PG-13 rated.
This hype had already been discredited by subsequent statements from the film makers but now
it has been confirmed by the MPAA that the film has just been awarded an R rating. The MPAA also added the tag that the R rating is for strong bloody violence throughout.
The Expendables 2 stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry
Crews, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's based on a screenplay co-written by Stallone and Richard Wenk, and directed by Simon West.
film opens in U.S. theaters on August 17th, 2012.
US 2012 Blue Underground R0 DVD at US Amazon just released on 31st
A Blade in the Dark is a 1983 Italian giallo by Lamberto Bava. With Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa and Fabiola Toledo. See IMDb
Review: Highly recommended
A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.
This is a
brilliant. I consider it to be a true masterpiece. This film is like a whodunnit, only with good gore scenes, nothing over-the-top but more violent than most films take it. Tensely built up and a few moments that will make you jump.
If you watch Scream then you will see how they stole a lot of ideas from this film, seeing as how Kevin Williamson wrote that I'm not at all surprised.
Previously Cut in the UK
UK: The shorter English Version was passed 18 after 1:50s BBFC cuts for:
UK 1987 Vestron VHS
Edits to scenes of gore
Heavy cuts to the bathroom murder
Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror by Lamberto Bava. With Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny. See IMDb
There are no
censorship issues with this film.
Shock is a 1977 Italy horror by Mario Bava. With Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner and David Colin Jr. See IMDb
An in-game ad for Mountain Dew Energy drink seen on various gaming-apps, a video sharing and a social media website, featured what appeared to be a teenager on a snowboard. The scene began with him sliding down an escalator. As he reached the bottom
he grabbed a rope thrown to him by another teenager from the back of a moving underground train. He then jumped from the platform and surfed along the tracks on the snowboard and made celebratory gestures. He then fell headfirst onto the ground.
The scene then cut to white noise with text stating don't Dew this at home . The final scene showed a group of men cheering and spraying the drink over themselves. One of the men's arms was in a cast.
Four complainants challenged whether the ad was harmful because it featured a young adult engaging in dangerous behaviour which could encourage emulation.
Three complainants challenged whether it was
irresponsible as it appeared in media likely to be seen by, or have particular appeal to children.
ASA Assessment: Complaints Upheld
The ASA acknowledged that the scene depicted in the ad was not a UK underground system. Despite this, we considered that the scene was a
realistic one and the on-screen text was a play on the name of the product rather than a direct caution that discouraged viewers from emulating similar stunts. Whilst we appreciated that the location was not similar to UK underground systems, it was
likely to be familiar due to TV programmes and films. Because of the realistic nature of the ad, its familiarity, the dangerous and reckless nature of the stunt and the celebratory actors, one of whom had clearly sustained an injury, we concluded that
the ad could encourage emulation of an unsafe practice and result in harm.
On this point the ad breached CAP Code rules 1.3 (Social responsibility), and 4.5 (Harm and offence).
We acknowledged that, after being informed of the complaints, Pepsi had taken steps to ensure the ad was not supported on apps that could be seen by under 18-year-olds. They nevertheless believed the ad clearly depicted a teenager or
young adult performing the stunt, not a child. However, we noted that the style and graphics of the apps in which the ad appeared were likely to appeal to children and that it was not clear until the end of the ad whether the actors were teenagers or
young adults. Pepsi said the actors were stunt men over the age of 18. However, we concluded that, because the ad was seen in media that was likely to have strong appeal to under-16s, it was irresponsible.
On this point the ad
breached CAP Code rules 1.3 (Social responsibility), 4.4, 4.5 (Harm and offence), 5.1 and 5.1.4 (Children). Action
The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told PepsiCo International Ltd not to use this ad in future.
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of a new Washington state law that would require classified advertising companies to verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements.
Gov. Chris Gregoire claimed the
law this year to cut down on child sex trafficking. The law received unanimous approval from the Legislature and had been scheduled to take effect in June, but courts have put its implementation on hold.
The Washington law would allow for the
criminal prosecution of anyone who knowingly publishes or causes the publication of sex-related ads depicting children, unless they can show they made a good-faith effort to confirm that the person advertised was not a juvenile.
The decision U.S.
District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez stops the law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it can be heard in court.
The website Backpage.com and the Internet Archive, a popular archive of Internet sites, asked for the preliminary
Backpage and Internet Archive argue the new law violates the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as well as the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Backpage.com argues that
SB6251 would force websites to become the government's censors of users' content and would place an incredible burden on the company to review every bit of third-party content, as well as obtain and maintain records of individuals' ID.
These obligations would bring the practice of hosting third-party content to a grinding halt,
according to Backpage.com's legal suit.
In his ruling, Martinez found merit in some of their arguments that the state law would conflict with existing federal law. He also drew a distinction between the idea of the law and the reality of its
Police in major cities in the United States are criminalising women who carry a stock of condoms, making sex workers and their clients less likely to use them and increasing their risk of contracting HIV, says Human Rights Watch.
A new report
compiles evidence from sex workers in four major cities -- Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Interviews with more than 300 people show that those most at risk of HIV, such as sex workers and transgender women, are afraid to
carry condoms in case they should be stopped and searched by police.
Prostitution is a crime in 49 states of the US. Law enforcement agencies view the possession of multiple condoms as evidence that could help a court prosecution for a breach of
HRW says police are impeding efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, costing millions of dollars:
Enforcement ... must be compatible with international human rights law, and governments should ensure that
police policies and practices do not conflict with equally important public health policy imperatives, including those designed to curb the HIV epidemic.
Miserable police conducted a simultaneous raid of 13 warehouses scattered around Bankgok that contained Chinese sex toys and sex-enhancement drugs and mobile phone equipment.
The raid began with a search of a Chinatown building where police made
four arrests of people who owned or managed the warehouse.
The raid was the result of a months-long investigation by the division of intellectual property of the DSI. Police coordinated the raid by dividing police forces to make a same-day raid of
all 13 warehouses containing the sex enhancement drugs, sex toys, and smuggled mobile phone equipment.
The warehouses were scattered around Bangkok.
Those caught will be charged with violating commercial law codes, the copyright code, trade
mark code, criminal laws regarding adult pornography, tariff and revenue codes, and the food and drugs code. They will also be charged with selling unregistered drugs, and selling drugs without licences.
Members of Denmark's coalition government still plan to keep criminalisation as the backbone of any new laws regarding the nation's sex trade, despite a report from Norway showing that making it illegal to buy sex in that country in 2009 has not resulted
in a decrease the number of sex workers or an improvement in their quality of life. The report, commissioned by the city of Oslo, also showed that since it became illegal to purchase sexual services, sex trade workers have been the victims of more
The facts in the report have not deterred the parliamentary group that is in the process of proposing a similar ban here. The group remains focused on criminalising the sex for hire business.
The current situation is not
tolerable, MP Pernille Vigs Bagge (Socialistisk Folkeparti) told public broadcaster DR. Denmark has become a Mecca for sex because other countries like Norway, Sweden and even Lithuania have made it illegal to buy sex.
Trine Bramsen (Socialdemokraterne) maintained that criminalisation was the right thing to do:
Different studies make different claims about what women believe. This study makes a claim of its own, but of course
criminalising has been beneficial in Norway because it has sent a strong signal to the people who would buy it.
Patrick Trueman, the head of Morality in Media, has told the conservative Daily Caller that he was quietly promised that fighting porn will be a top priority in a Romney White House.
Trueman said he and an anti-porn prosecutor from the 1980s
Justice Department, Bob Flores, met earlier this year with Alex Wong, Romney's foreign and legal policy director. Trueman said:
Wong assured us that Romney is very concerned with this, and that if he's elected these
laws will be enforced. They promised to vigorously enforce federal adult obscenity laws.
Around the time Trueman says he received those assurances, Romney signed Morality in Media's anti-porn pledge along with Newt Gingrich and Rick
Santorum, whom he was still battling for the GOP nomination. Since then, he hasn't mentioned the issue very often.
Romney has however promised that if elected president he would require every new computer be sold with a porn filter.
may be another reason Romney isn't talking up porn: he needs the support of millions of primary voters who supported Ron Paul, who notably did not make opposition to sexually explicit materials a campaign plank.
Soaplands, that is, erotic bathhouses, in Japan's brothel quarters are facing falling prices amid the ongoing economic slump.
High-end establishments that charge 50,000 - 80,000 yen [ £ 400-650, 20,000-32,000
Baht] and mid-level places, which fetch a bit less, have been hit hard by cheaper venues that began offering entry for a 'mere' 20,000 yen [ £ 160, 8,000 Baht] a few years ago. However, Shukan Post now reports on anew
price point of 10,000 yen [ £ 80, 4,000 Baht].
An editor at an adult entertainment magazine explained:
With high-end soaplands not seeing any action, gals are going to
work at bargain joints. In the suburbs, this phenomenon is really taking hold.
Shukan Post heads out on a fact-finding mission to the Yoshiwara brothel quarter of Tokyo. The bathhouse Puchi Royal used to require an initial outlay of
24,000 yen for 90 minutes. However, the club changed the structure of its pricing last September such that a mere 10,000 yen would garner 35 minutes of foamy fun as delivered by the delicate digits of one of the club's working gals.
decides to take the plunge, courtesy of a 24-year-old gal. The service starts with a gentle scrub-down on a sukebe isu (literally lecher chairs, specially configured stools), continues in a bathtub, and finishes atop a bed. Short and sweet yet
when value for money is taken into consideration the service can't be beat, Shukan Post assures.
Puchi Royal's manager assures Shukan Post that the level of quality is not compromised by the low price. The service remains top of the line, he says. Yet he does admit that his club cannot make any money with rock-bottom pricing.
We are hoping to attract a lot of customers , many of whom will stay and pay for extended sessions.
The Vietnamese National Assembly recently concluded its debate on whether it made sense to detain thousands of sex workers in so-called rehabilitation facilities where they were held without right of appeal and forced to work (including for private
companies) without pay. In a vote of 70% in favor, and 30% against, the National Assembly moved to close these useless and punitive institutions.
The closure of sex worker detention centers is part of a larger Vietnamese reform to improve due
process and decrease the arbitrary and prolonged nature of punishments for administrative, rather than criminal, violations.
Many actors, including Vietnam's Ministry of Justice, the Department of Social Evils Prevention (charged with addressing
sex work and drug use in Vietnam), UNDP, and National Assembly members, have been involved in the reexamination of the law, with sometimes heated debates. One female member of the National Assembly reportedly suggested that if the government was so
interested in prolonged detention as a solution to sex work, then perhaps clients of sex workers should also be detained. This suggestion was greeted with little enthusiasm from the male representatives in attendance.
Hundreds of people including sex workers protested in Paris on Saturday against plans to make paying for sex illegal, criticising a minister's mean minded plan as counter-productive.
France's minister for women's rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem,
said she wanted to make prostitution disappear by punishing those who pay for sex, rather than the prostitutes themselves. She was backed by prominent feminists and allies in government, but her remarks unleashed a hail of criticism from sex workers'
unions, which argued that punishing clients would drive business underground, endangering prostitutes.
At Place Pigalle, one of Paris' red-light districts, dozens of sex workers chanted pro-prostitution slogans through loudspeakers and waved signs
that read Penalised clients = murdered prostitutes and Sex work is work too .
Morgane Mertreuil, head of the Strass sex workers' union, told Reuters TV:
Before making public statements, she
(Vallaud-Belkacem) needs to do her homework, to find out about the reality of prostitution
The struggle against forced labour is not incompatible with the idea of giving rights to people who do this job with consent.
Swedish sex workers have won the right to claim benefits, including sick days and parental leave, bringing their social security closer to that of other taxpayers.
As long as sex workers pay their taxes, they should have the same access to
sick-leave benefits and parental leave as anybody else, said Joakim Jarnryd, a director at the Stockholm-based organisation: We don't make any moral judgments.
In Sweden, selling sex is legal and sex workers can register to pay taxes
using euphemisms, which qualify them for benefits. Even so, buying their services isn't legal and customers risk fines or imprisonment.
The organisation decided to extend the benefit to sex workers after examining the matter last month, Jarnryd
said. But the number of people seeking the benefit will probably be low as very few taxpayers have registered as sex workers .
Roy Greenslade pulls up anti-prostitution MEP on citing unsubstantiated claims hyping the scale of sex trafficking. The old chestnut of high proportion of migrant sex workers somehow implying a high
proportion being trafficked.
The Home Office is set to launch a pioneering scheme to alert sex workers about people with a history of violence, including rape.
The scheme, which is being launched in Manchester, will encourage sex workers to co-ordinate with police on a
national scale. It also has the wider intent of taking murderers, rapists and other violent criminals off the streets.
Sex workers will be alerted by text, email or phone app about people who have carried out attacks. Online escort agencies,
street sex workers and those working in brothels will all be able to access the warnings.
The National Ugly Mugs pilot scheme is based on an Australian system. Similar schemes have been operating informally in areas of the UK but this is the first
time that information will be collated nationally.
Sex workers are generally unable to report crimes directly to the police as they themselves would face police action for prostitution. So instead they can go through local sex work projects, which
can pass intelligence to the police anonymously. The scheme will be managed by the UK Network of Sex Work Projects, an umbrella organisation of campaigners and academics.
One Manchester-based street sex worker, Naomi, welcomed the initiative:
I have been working on the streets for 17 years she said. I have experienced lots of attacks, rapes and attempted kidnap. It's good to know that someone cares about what happens to us, and that sex workers will be better
Merseyside police have pioneered projects working with sex workers to share intelligence about violent attacks and have an above average rate of convictions for rapes carried out against sex workers and others.
Metropolitan police, on the other hand, has a special team, and a half million budget, to harass sex workers ahead of the Olympic Games. (In the name of preventing the mythical mass 'trafficking' that is supposed to occur at major sporting events).
A lap dancing club has been given permission by magistrates to perform so-called Stag on Stage sessions.
Spearmint Rhino went to court to challenge restrictions put in place by miserable Leicester City Council's new licensing regime for
sexual entertainment venues in the city.
Bosses of the club appealed against city council regulations prohibiting audience participation in performances.
Julian Skeens, representing Spearmint Rhino, said the provision of Stag on Stage
sessions was standard practice in the industry. He told the court the session consisted of a bridegroom-to-be taken on to stage by a lap dancer and singled out for special attention. He said:
It's the case of a young
man on his stag night who agrees to do something he's a bit embarrassed about the next day. It's almost de rigeur. It is a bit of harmless fun.
Absolutely no sexual activity. Some titillation, yes, some fun with it, we certainly
hope so. That's why Spearmint Rhino is the world's largest lap-dancing empire.
Mike Broster, head of miserableness at Leicester City Council, told the court the regulations were in place to try to protect people. He said the
regulations were also deigned to try to ensure there would be no sexual activity within lap dancing clubs.
Chairman of the bench Margaret Bowler said Stag on Stage sessions should be allowed as long as certain rules were adhered to. These include
that the customer should be fully dressed, the lap dancer should be dressed and there should be no touching by either party.
Miserable Philippine officials pushed for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members to take action against online pornography and prostitution.
Undersecretary Parisya Taradji of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) spouted at a recent Manila conference:
We all have crucial roles to play to save the lives of vulnerable children and women, who are often the victims of such kind of exploitation,
AT the Conference on Working Toward a Cyber Pornography and Cyber Prostitution Free Southeast Asia the DSWD claimed cyber pornography and cyber prostitution have become troublesome and ever-growing crimes.
Representatives from the ASEAN
countries attended the event and compared notes about their countries' experience and initiatives in fighting cyber pornography and cyber prostitution.
Houston council voted this week to levy a $5 fee on strip club customers of the city's 30 licensed strip bars. This in addition to the $5 fee to the state of Texas when visiting an adult venue, thanks to a law passed in 2007.
The moral tax will be
ring-fenced and put towards analysing forensic evidence collected from rape victims.
Supporters of the so-called pole tax argue that lap-dancing clubs must shoulder some of the financial burden of rape investigations , on the supposed
grounds that their businesses help foster misogynistic attitudes towards women, which can lead to sexual assaults. If they were being fair about it then the tax would have been better targeted at the Catholic Church.
The morality tax was passed by
14 votes to one. The ordinance stipulates that the fee also applies to bars and night-clubs which offer one-off events that could be construed as sexually explicit, such as wet T-shirt contests or naked sushi contests .
Albert Van Huff, a
Houston lawyer who represents strip clubs, told the Journal that the tax is based on flawed logic. There is no known correlation between people going to nice, high-end gentlemen's clubs and rape, he said.