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27th December

 Offsite Article: The Guardian Claims That...

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The Government is under pressure to review prostitution laws in England and Wales. Miserable politicians and nutter groups back the Nordic model, under which it is illegal to buy sex

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

26th December

 Update: The Hubbard Report...

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Preliminary view reveals that objections to lap dancing clubs are based on morality rather than any actual nuisance
Link Here  full story: Lap Dancing License Change...UK lap dancing suffers repressive new licensing

Puritans Well, many readers may have heard of research being carried out by Professor Phil Hubbard on Sexual Entertainment venues. The initial results are in, and although the full results are not due until March 2013, I have been given permission to produce a synopsis of the report. I will say at the outset of this post that the majority of the report is not surprising and does no harm to the industry; there is one sticking point which I will discuss in more detail and explain why I feel that it is not likely to affect the industry.

There are 241 licensed premises regularly offering lap dancing or striptease in England and Wales. Nearly half (43%) of those applying for a Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) license have received no formal objections at all. This doesn't really come as much of a surprise: most people are not bothered about the venues and there tends to be only a small handful of complainants who may write in. Given that Portsmouth managed to obtain a massive response following a very vocal campaign by pressure groups to get the clubs shut down, with 113 against and over 3000 for the venues, the fact that some clubs receive no objections at all should not surprise anyone.

A survey of residents in towns and cities with lap dance clubs suggests that around one in five were not even aware there was an SEV operating in their town or city! Fewer than one in ten identified an SEV as a particular source of local nuisance, and in some locations this was considerably lower. Once again not a surprise, as we have seen previously from my report on crime that the belief that venues are an issue for police is a fallacy.

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25th December

 Update: Small Minds on Small Ads...

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US Senate asks Backpage.com to end small ads for sex workers citing the usual bollox
Link Here  full story: Adult Services Ads in the US...US politicians target small ads for sex workers

US Senate The Senate last week passed a resolution exhorting Backpage.com to end publication of its adult entertainment section.

The measure was sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk and co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Kirk spouted the hyped up bollox:

The numbers are rising, in part because it has become frighteningly simple to order a child prostitute on the Internet. One merely needs to look at the classified ads on Backpage.com, the leading Web site for prostitution advertising in the United States according to the Advanced Interactive Media, AIM, Group. Just a few clicks on this site easily enables 'johns' to purchase children for sex. Law enforcement believes that the existence of Backpage encourages the recruitment of victims for sexual exploitation because it allows traffickers to operate out of sight from police patrols.

Backpage.com argues that it works closely with law enforcement to identify, track down and arrest anyone trafficking minors through the site. One such criminal was convicted in Florida a few weeks ago.

 

14th December

 Updated: Minister for Rich Women...

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Jo Swinson whinges when students turn to sex to fund high fees
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Jo Swinson The Minister for Women, Jo Swinson, has urged the police to investigate anyone suspected of taking advantage of students or forcing vulnerable women into prostitution.

In a written response to a question by the Labour MP and former minister Helen Goodman, Swinson said she was aware of the SponsorAScholar.co.uk website, which has now been taken down following an undercover investigation by The Independent.

The man responsible for the site, which offered students up to £ 15,000 a year in exchange for intimate encounters with wealthy businessmen or sponsors , was revealed this week to be Mark Lancaster, an IT consultant.

There is mounting concern that high student fees could be forcing people into sex work to cover their debt.

Swinson defended the Government's high fees policy:

No eligible student has to pay for their tuition up-front. Loans are available to meet the full cost of tuition charges at publicly funded institutions.

Update: We don't want people having fun or earning money now, do we?

14th December 2012. See  article from  independent.co.uk

Metropiltan Police badge Police investigating a website offering payment of tuition fees for female students in return for sex have arrested a man on suspicion of inciting prostitution.

After an undercover expose  by the Independent into a man who claimed to be an assessor for SponsorAScholar.co.uk, Mark Lancaster was detained by police from the Metropolitan Police's Trafficking and Prostitution Unit.

The computer consultant was questioned and released on police bail. He will return to Charing Cross police station in central London in February.

SponsorAScholar.co.uk offered female students aged 17 to 24 up to £ 15,000 a year in return for what it described as discreet adventures with businessmen in private flats or hotel rooms.

The Independent story followed mounting concern that rising student fees could be forcing young people into sex work to cover their debt with experts claiming the site was the tip of the iceberg .

Update: Trial

27th April 2013. See review from  independent.co.uk

Mark Lancaster, who was arrested by Scotland Yard officers following an investigation by The Independent into the SponsorAScholar website, was told that his case will be heard by a Crown Court.

He is accused of two offences under the Sexual Offences Act allegedly committed between 1 September and 30 September last year. One charge is an allegation of voyeurism and the second accuses him of trafficking a woman within the United Kingdom for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Update: Jailed

20th July 2013. See  article from  independent.co.uk

Computer consultant Mark Lancaster has been jailed for 16 months for voyeurism and trafficking after using sex for fees website to dupe student into having sex with him

The prosecutors took the opportunity to inflate trafficking figures by adding a ludicrous trafficking charge on the grounds that the victim was duped into travelling to meet Lancaster, hence was 'trafficked'.

 

13th December

  Harder Search...

Google now requires the word 'porn' in the search string before image search will reveal the hard stuff
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google images logo Google has  rolled out a change to its image search algorithm overnight that makes it tougher to stumble across adult pictures, whether or not you're searching for them.

Here's how a Google representative explains the change:

We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for -- but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them. We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you're looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting -- you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in Web search.

In other words, if you have SafeSearch turned off, you can still probably find anything you're looking for by appending the word porn to your search.

 

13th December

  Ukranian Thuggery...

Anti prostitution vigilantes lure victims via fake phone numbers for sex workers
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Ukraine flag An anti-prostitution vigilante group in Ukraine has attacked a Turkish man who had called for a prostitute by phone.

Thugs from the group Defacto, went and attacked the man at his address after he called a fake phone number for prostitutes that had been left by the group in a public place.

Defacto forced the unidentified Turkish man to wander around streets in Kyiv in a bathrobe with a placard saying Stop Sex Tourism on it. The group posted video footage of the incident on the Internet.

The Turkish man has not filed a complaint, but police have reportedly launched an investigation into the video footage.

 

12th December

 Update: Meter Maids...

Zurich agrees to build drive-in boxes for sex workers
Link Here  full story: Sex Workers in Switzerland...New ideas such as drive in privacy booths

Switzerland flag Zurich council has approved a plan to build open drive-in sex boxes, which will, it hopes, provide a discreet location for prostitutes and their customers to conduct business when they open in August next year.

Located in an industrial area of the city, the row of garage-like boxes will have roofs and walls for privacy, and easy access for cars. The council estimates that around 30 prostitutes will meet clients at the site of the boxes, and use the drive-in slots on a first-come-first-served basis.

Michael Herzig, from Zurich's social welfare department, told Swiss Radio:

The big difference is that until now prostitution has been in the public space. Now we are going to change this, move it from the street to a private space in an old industrial area, which belongs to the city. This gives us the possibility to define the rules of prostitution in this area.

The prostitutes who use the boxes will also have to take out medical insurance and buy a £ 26 licence in order to work legally. They will also have to feed five Swiss francs, about £ 3.30, into a roadside ticket machine each night when they clock on.

The opening of the sex boxes will coincide with a major reform of prostitution laws in the city. Prostitution will be outlawed in certain areas of Zurich.

 

10th December

 Offsite Article: Do we actually want to rid Europe of its sex workers?...

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Treating prostitution as a scourge conveniently ignores the fact that people are not plying their trade in a vacuum

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

8th December

  Entrepreneurs and Consumers...

Russian conference considers law to legalise prostitution
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Russia flag A conference to discuss the development of a law to legalize prostitution was held in Moscow under the motto legalize prostitution - collect taxes . The idea was supported by a State Duma deputy from the party United Russia Joseph Kobzon.

The initiative was originated by a group who have produced a draft federal law On state regulation and control of sexual services. This has suggested calling sex workers individual entrepreneurs engaged in providing sexual services, and their customers - consumers of sexual services. The bill addresses the relationship between entrepreneurs and consumers as well as tax and other government agencies.

Duma deputy Joseph Kobzon supported the idea of the bill with reservations. He noted that the bill was just an excuse to start a great debate, perhaps even a referendum. As soon as the State Duma starts drafting a law on prostitution, it will immediately raise the question of the need of its approval in the second reading by the government and presidential administration. Once the government feels that this law has a financial component, [...] that there will be a need to allocate money from the budget to combat prostitution, it will be voted down, said Kobzon. According to him, the money will be needed first of all for the maintenance of the new police unit - morality police.

Prostitution flourishes in Russia and the existing laws are considered obsolete. In the current Russian legislation Article 6.11 in the Code of Administrative Offences provides for a fine for prostitution between 1,500 and 2,000 rubles. There are two articles of the Criminal Code against pimps and keepers of brothels. They are Involvement in prostitution (up to a maximum of eight years in prison) and Organization of prostitution (ten years).

 

7th December

  The Good Life...

Research finds that working in porn is not the negative life that feminists would like you to believe
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journal of sex research Female porn stars are psychologically as healthy or healthier than other women, according to a new study, which challenges feminist driven views about women in the adult entertainment business.

Adult entertainers were found to have higher self-esteem, a better quality of life and body image, and to be more positive, with greater levels of spirituality. They also had higher levels of sexual satisfaction and, perhaps unsurprisingly, many more partners than other women.

The American researchers, who report their findings in the Journal of Sex Research, said they found no evidence to support the damaged goods hypothesis that actresses involved in the porn industry come from desperate backgrounds and are less psychologically healthy compared with typical women. They said:

Some descriptions of actresses in pornography have included attributes such as drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, desperation and being victims of sexual abuse. Some have made extreme assertions, such as claiming that all women in pornography were sexually abused as children. Stereotypes of those involved in adult entertainment have been used to support or condemn the industry and to justify political views on pornography, although the actual characteristics of actresses are unknown because no study on this group of women has been conducted.

The psychologists compared data taken from 177 adult entertainment actresses with a sample of women matched for age, marital status and other factors. The actresses, all of whom had been paid to work on at least one X-rated movie, ranged in age from 18 to 50, with an average career in the industry of 3.5 years.

One of the main claims by commentators on the industry has been that actresses have frequently experienced sexual abuse in childhood, but the results show no statistically significant difference between the two groups of women.

The study also shows that the actresses sleep better and have more energy. On the negative side, industry workers had a history of more drug and alcohol use, and problems possibly linked to sensation-seeking personalities.

The study was undertaken by researchers at Shippensburg University, Texas Woman's University and the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.

 

5th December

  Euro Miseries...

200 extremist feminist groups call for a European ban on paying for sex
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EU flag About 200 women's rights groups are calling for laws to make paying for sex a crime across the European Union.

Campaigners will present key policy recommendations for legislation to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday. A campaign spokeswoman claimed:

Prostitution is a form of violence, an obstacle to gender equality and an open door for organised crime to develop.

The European Women's Lobby (EWL), which leads the campaign, wants EU member states to implement six key policies, including the criminalisation of all forms of procuring, and the creation of effective exit programmes for sex workers.

EWL spokeswoman Pierrette Pape ludicrously claimed to the BBC that even in totally consensual transactions:  imposing sexual intercourse with money is a form of violence that shouldn't be accepted,

So far 36 European MEPs are already supporting the proposal, Pape said.

Initial response by the English Collective of Prostitutes

Selected points from  article from  iusw.org

  • English Cellective of prostitutes At a time of economic crisis when poverty among women and children is rising throughout Europe (see EWL own research [1]) and more women, particularly mothers, are working in the sex industry to survive, the EWL chooses to mount an initiative against prostitution. To criminalise prostitute women's clients when all the evidence shows that this will push prostitution more underground and make it harder for sex workers to get protection from rape and other violence, shows a total disregard for the lives of women in the sex industry. Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution, nor will it stop the criminalisation of women. But it will make more dangerous and stigmatising for those of us who work as prostitutes.
     
  • Faced with no benefit or job, or only the lowest-waged jobs, many women will sell sexual services. Are we less degraded when we have to skip meals or beg in order to feed our children; stay with a violent partner to keep a roof over our heads; or work 40 hours a week for under ?5 an hour unable to pay our bills? Is it surprising that many women would rather make three times as much working part-time in a brothel? Those who rage against prostitution have not a word for mothers struggling to feed their families. Since student fees were raised, many more women students are paying for their education by working in the sex industry. If governments are offended by the work we do, they should stop welfare reform, abolish student fees, reinstate resources for women fleeing domestic violence and bring in pay equity. With the urgent economic need women across Europe are facing, have women politicians nothing better to do than to attack sex workers?
     
  • The EWL proposal for the prohibition of the purchase of a sexual act (accompanied by the suppression of repressive measures against prostituted persons ) follows the example of legislation introduced in Sweden which decriminalised sex workers and criminalised clients. Yet evidence shows that discrimination and stigma against sex workers has increased, that sex workers have been put more at risk of attack and are less able to call on the protection of the police and the authorities: We have also found reports of serious adverse effects of the Sex Purchase Act -- especially concerning the health and well-being of sex workers -- in spite of the fact that the lawmakers stressed that the law was not to have a detrimental effect on people in prostitution. Where is the outrage at the fact that a quarter of single mothers in Sweden now live in poverty, compared to 10% seven years ago.
     
  • Existing legislation in all EU countries already prosecutes anyone who forces or coerces anyone into the sex industry. Why extend it to consenting sex? The EWL proposal for the criminalisation of all forms of procuring will result in anyone associated with sex workers being at risk of prosecution. Here in the UK there are laws against brothel-keeping, controlling and causing and inciting someone into prostitution, all of which are most often used against people who associate with sex workers rather than people who exploit sex workers. For example, women who place an advert on the web for another sex worker or who pass on a client.

 

30th November

 Offsite Article: Police to investigate website trading university scholarships for sex...

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The authorities set high fees for university education and then whinge when students turn to sex to earn the money

See article from independent.co.uk

 

27th November

 Updated: Kicked Out onto the Street...

Attempt to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia fails (Oops, not South Africa)
Link Here  full story: Legal Brothels in Australia...Movement to legalise brothels in Australia

cabbages and condomsBritain's tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail, has spotted the Thai restaurant chain opening a branch in Bicester near Oxford.

The Daily Mail reports:

Sexual advice with your soup, sir? Bizarre new restaurant is first in the UK to offer family planning leaflets with your meal

After a nice meal out you might get the added bonus of a mint or a chocolate when your bill arrives at the end of the night.

But when it comes to paying at a new restaurant in Oxford you might get a little more than you bargained for.

That's because health conscious eatery Cabbages and Condoms is set to become the first in the UK to issue leaflets on protective sex when your meal ends.

 

26th November

 Offsite Article: Porn doesn't lead to rape culture...

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Contrary to feminist claims, the spread of pornography simply hasn't made sexism, misogyny or violence against women any worse. By Brian McNair

See article from theconversation.edu.au

 

25th November

 Offsite Article: How Sex and Drugs Can Help Stimulate Britain's Limp Economy...

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If politicians and the public can put aside long-held prejudices, then they may be able to solve some of the tough economic questions Britain has to answer by unleashing the financial power of prostitution

See article from prostitutescollective.net

 

25th November

 Offsite Article: Porn stars and the naked truth...

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See article from independent.co.uk

 

17th November

  No Sex in My Back Yard...

Report on sex work in Vienna, 1 year after restrictions were introduced
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Cul-de-sac

film 12A   Cul-de-sac by Roman Polanski.
With Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, Robert Dorning, Marie Kean, William Franklyn, Jacqueline Bisset and Trevor Delaney.

Passed 12A for moderate language and violence and nudity

 

 

 

15th November

 Update: Supporters Took Too Long to Come...

Law to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia defeated by 1 vote
Link Here  full story: Legal Brothels in Australia...Movement to legalise brothels in Australia
  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Gangster Squad and Jack Reacher

10th November

 Update: Massage On...

Edinburgh council renews massage parlour licences after objector fails to make a good case
Link Here  full story: Sex Work in Edinburgh...Edinbrugh's licensed massage parlours

 

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9th November Updated:

Passed PG for infrequent mild violence

 

7th November

  Europe's Biggest Brothel...

Ambitious plans for Vienna
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6th November

 Extract: At Risk of Misrepresentation...

Explaining where the inflated figures for trafficking come from
Link Here  full story: Trafficking Hype...Trafficking figures hopelessly over exaggerated

 

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4th November

  Turning a Blind Eye in the Public Gaze...

Edinburgh's licensed massage parlours up for license renewal. But this time the councillors will have to argue their case in the public gaze
Link Here  full story: Sex Work in Edinburgh...Edinbrugh's licensed massage parlours
 

 

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31st October

  The End of Titty Twisters...

Toronto issues shopping list of no touch zones in the city's strip clubs
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toronto council logoToronto city councillors have amended the no-touch rule by spelling out body parts that are off limits in lap dancing and strip clubs.

Under the changes approved Tuesday, council changed the bylaw to specify there be no physical contact with uncovered breasts, buttocks, genital, pubic, anal and perineal areas of a patron or any other person.

Council made a last-minute change at the request of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam that city staff and the police consult with gay entertainers on how the bylaw will work.

Wong-Tam supported the changes in the no-touch provisions, which carry a $250 fine for violators and said:

It's very difficult to police any kind of activity in these parlours. Should an entertainer or performer feel like they've been the recipient of unwanted touching, then they would at least be able to point to a bylaw that protects them.

 

31st October

 Update: Registered as Repressive...

Dutch senate delays the government's repressive anti-sex worker registration laws
Link Here  full story: Sex Work in the Netherlands...Netherlands less friendly to sex workers

ivo opsteltenNetherland's 'Justice' minister Ivo Opstelten is to revise some aspects of new restrictions on prostitution following concerns from the upper house of parliament.

Senators are concerned about how effective the law will be in practice, Nos television says.

The aim of the legislation is to repress prostitution by imposing a licencing system and setting up an official register of prostitutes.

The legislation will also ludicrously require customers to make sure they are visiting a legal prostitute. If the customer fails to check and the prostitute is unregistered he will have committed a criminal offence and could be fined.

This is the second time the senate has delayed the legislation, Nos says. Earlier senators wanted more information about the data protection aspects of the new law and the implications of human rights legislation.

 

30th October

  Trafficking in Miserable Bollox...

Nasty Brazilian politician tries to twist the law against people involved in the reality show, Virgins Wanted
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virgins wanted advertThe director of reality show in which a Brazilian student sold her virginity on the internet could be charged with sex trafficking crimes, if a nutter Brazilian politician gets his way.

Catarina Migliorini is set to earn £ 487,000 from the controversial sale after the online auction closed last Wednesday. She was taking part in a documentary by Australian film-maker Justin Sisely entitled Virgins Wanted . The winning bidder was identified as a Japanese man named only as Natsu.

The pair will reportedly consummate the act on board a plane between Australia and the US, in a bid to avoid prostitution laws.

But Brazil's attorney general, Joao Pedro de Saboia Bandeira de Mello, ordered an urgent investigation into the virgin auction, ludicrously claiming it amounted to people trafficking . And he called on authorities in Australia, where Ms Migliorini lives, to deported her back to Brazil and revoke her visa for the exercise of prostitution .

 

25th October

 Offsite Article: Asia's Archaic Sex Work Laws...

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Across almost all of Asia, laws, policies and practices put in place to restrict prostitution do more harm than good. A UN report highlights the dangers of driving sex workers underground and increasing their vulnerability to STDs.

See article from asiasentinel.com

 

24th October

  The Wrong Type of Moves...

Lap dance club fails to secure tax breaks for performance art
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New York State sealStrip club cover charges and payments for lap dances aren't exempt from state taxes because they don't promote artistic performances in local communities, the New York State Court of Appeals has ruled.

The appeals court ruled, 4-3, that Latham, N.Y.'s Nite Moves strip club didn't qualify for the state's tax exemption for dramatic or musical arts performances because performances at the club didn't fall in line with the Legislature's evident purpose of the tax break.

The majority judges explained:

In this case, petitioner claims, and the dissent agrees, that the Legislature intended to give the adult entertainment business a tax break because the exotic stage and couch dances that are featured at the premises qualify as musical arts performances, rather than as more generalized amusement or entertainment activities that fall within the broad sweep of the tax.

Update: Possible Appeal

27th October  2012. See  article from  news.gather.com

The attorney of Nite Moves, Andrew McCullough, says he might file a petition with the highest court in the land to see what they have to say about it, since he thinks it's common sense that girls dancing for customers in a juice bar warrants the artistic expression tax discount.

 

22nd October

 Offsite Article: Sex Toys without the Sex...

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Chinese sex fair shows how prudishness and liberation sit side-by-side

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

20th October

 Offsite Article: Strip clubs are the new normal, and that's a good thing...

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That young men are able to explore their sexuality safely and consensually is progress, not the downfall of the modern male. A rare non-condemnatory newspaper article on the subject

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

19th October

 Obituary: Goodbye Emmanuelle...

Sylvia Kristel dies aged 60
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EMMANUELLE k Goodbye Emmanuelle IMPORTSylvia Kristel (28 September 1952 -- 17 October 2012) was a Dutch actress, model and singer. Her most famous role is in the French film Emmanuelle . She died of cancer.

Kristel began modeling when she was 17. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won. She spoke Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. She gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced.

Kristel found herself typecast as Emmanuelle and often played roles that capitalised upon that image, most notably starring in an adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) and a nudity-filled biopic of the World War I spy in Mata Hari . Her Emmanuelle image followed her to the United States where she played Nicole Mallow, a maid who seduces a teenage boy, in the controversial 1981 sex comedy Private Lessons .

Although Private Lessons was one of the highest grossing independent films of 1981, Kristel saw none of the profits. She continued to appear in movies and last played Emmanuelle in the early 1990s.

Sylvia's Kristel's filmography included many reprises of the role over the following period

  • Emmanuelle au 7ème ciel (1993)
  • Le secret d'Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • Beauty School (1993)
  • Le parfum d'Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • Magique Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • L'amour d'Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • Emmanuelle à Venise (1993) (TV)
  • La revanche d'Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • Éternelle Emmanuelle (1993) (TV)
  • Seong-ae-ui chimmuk (1992)
  • Hot Blood (1990)
  • In the Shadow of the Sandcastle (1990)
  • Dracula's Widow (1988)
  • The Arrogant (1988)
  • Casanova (1987) (TV)
  • Red Heat (1985)
  • Mata Hari (1985)
  • The Big Bet (1985)
  • Emmanuelle IV (1984)
  • Private School (1983)
  • Private Lessons (1981)
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)
  • The Million Dollar Face (1981) (TV)
  • Un amore in prima classe (1980)
  • The Nude Bomb (1980)
  • The Concorde
  • Airport 79 (1979)
  • The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
  • Letti selvaggi (1979)
  • Mysteries (1978)
  • Pastorale 1943 (1978)
  • Goodbye Emmanuelle (1977)
  • René la canne (1977)
  • Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977)
  • La marge (1976)
  • Une femme fidèle (1976)
  • Emmanuelle: L'antivierge (1975)
  • Le jeu avec le feu (1975)
  • Un linceul n'a pas de poches (1974)
  • Der Liebesschüler (1974)
  • Emmanuelle (1974)

 

17th October

  Star Careers...

Author interviews Japanese porn stars about their careers
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japan avThe Japanese AV (adult video) industry, whose revenue comprised more than 20% of worldwide sales according to a 2006 survey, continues to grow every year. And with that growth comes an increasing number of young women who aspire to work in the industry, as reported on RocketNews24 just a couple of weeks ago.

In an interview with Atsuhiko Nakamura, author of books such as The Nameless Women and interviewer of literally hundreds of AV actresses, Shuplay News uncovered some startling facts about the sex industry in Japan, in particular the life of the women who become involved in making adult movies.

The Japanese AV industry reportedly sees an astounding 6,000 newcomers each year and 20,000 titles produced annually. Most contract girls perform in three videos, two couples scene and one solo. The rates range from about $1,900 to $3,800 depending on the girl's experience and background. But most earn at the lowest end of the scale because of the competition.

But surely the risk of being seen on a video would be enough to dissuade any self-respecting young woman from doing such a thing? Nakamura explains:

With the huge number of girls working in the industry, cases of AV actresses being recognised while going about their daily lives are quite rare. There are plenty of cases of former AV girls who are now happily married and enjoying normal lives.

In many cases, girls do a short spell making XXX videos, and then, perhaps having earned enough to support themselves financially, or simply deciding that they have had enough, choose to leave and pursue a more orthodox lifestyle. However some get more locked inti the industry. Nakamura explains:

A lot of girls find themselves unable to return to regular jobs after working as an AV model. They have worked in an often lucrative business, some for many years, so to go back to a standard job for a much smaller salary is not easy. Around two thirds of retired AV models end up in the sex industry, working in hostess bars or even working as prostitutes in 'soap-land' bath houses.

 

14th October

  Miserable Croatia...

Croatia's government proposes large fines for people buying sex
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Croatia flagCroatia's government has proposed fines of $1 700 - about twice the average monthly salary - for prostitutes and their customers, targeting the buyers of sex for the first time.

Current legislation in the Balkan state already outlaws prostitution, but only sex workers have been prosecuted, not their clients.

Attempts by some liberal groups to legalise prostitution have never been seriously considered in the strongly Roman Catholic country, which is due to join the European Union next July.

The bill proposed by the centre-left government would set fines of up to 10,000 Croatian kunas ($1,700) for both buyers and sellers of sex. The current fine for prostitutes is only 800 kunas. The law would also impose fines of up to 5,000 kunas for people who have sex or expose themselves in public places.

 

12th October

  Women in Prison...

Vietnam promises to close special prisons for sex workers by July 2013
Link Here  full story: Prostitution in Vietnam...Rough deal for sex workers

Vietnam flagVietnam will free about 900 sex workers next year from prisons, euphemistically named rehabilitation centres.

The sex workers  will be able to return home when a newly amended administrative law comes into effect at the start of July 2013, according to the Thanh Nien newspaper.

This is a big change of view on how to deal with prostitution, Le Duc Hien, deputy head of the government's department for social vices prevention, was quoted as saying.

Since July this year, sex workers have no longer been jailed when picked up by the authorities, but are now fined up to five million dong (US$240 dollars) instead, Thanh Nien said.

Vietnam has maintained special prisons for drug users and sex workers for years despite international calls for their closure. A report by US-based Human Rights Watch released a year ago said drug users were made to perform forced labour. It said the prisons were rife with physical abuse.

 

11th October

  In Austere Times...

Jailing innocent people is a luxury that Texas can no longer afford
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Texas state sealAfter ten years of crowded prisons and increased incarceration costs, the state of Texas is reconsidering its 2001 decision to send those charged with prostitution to prison after multiple convictions. Instead, the state may pursue sentencing that provides treatment, not jail time.

In 2001, Texas legislators voted to send people convicted of prostitution with three or more convictions to state prison or jail. Currently, a first-time offense is a Class B misdemeanor and a second or third offense is a Class A misdemeanor. If an individual is convicted three times, any subsequent charge is a felony that carries time in state prison or jail.

Currently, there are 350 individuals serving time for convictions of prostitution due to the 2001 law.

Texas pays $18,538 every year to house each of these incarcerated individuals.

Texas Prostitution Law Needs Reform Due to budget constraints and the questionable success of these tough laws, Texas is now reconsidering its decision to imprison people convicted of prostitution.

 

6th October

 Offsite Article: The Strippers Strike Back...

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Stripper Edie Lamort takes a look at the history of the attacks on her trade in the UK, and the fightback by the strippers.

See article from moronwatch.net

 

4th October

  Hate Legislation Against Prostitution...

Two public consultations about banning prostitution in Scotland and Northern Ireland
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CAAN logoNot one, but two consultations advocating “the Swedish solution” to make criminal the purchase of sexual services have been announced in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The first, in Northern Ireland, is part of the Human Trafficking & Exploitation (Further Provisions & Support for Victims) Bill presented by Lord Morrow. While CAAN is against all forms of non-consensual behaviour – including trafficking for the purposes of sex slavery – CAAN is firmly of the issue that criminalising the purchase of sex is not the way forward.

The second, in Scotland, is a stand-alone bill ( Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (2) from Rhoda Grant MSP) that follows in the footsteps of the earlier bill from Trish Godman.

Both of these bills amount to hate legislation against prostitution, an effort to drive the industry underground in a flurry of fear and disgust brought on by the fact that the acts involve sex. They may be couched in terms of saving the poor and unlucky victims of trafficking, and may have lofty goals of gender equality, but they will do nought but bring further harm to prostitutes in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

How is this different from the last few times that prostitution has been challenged? This time the anti-sex campaigners are riding a rising right-wing tide across the Western world that has led to discussions outlawing prostitution in France and Ireland. Denmark has also seen prostitution under attack, although the Danes in general were sceptical of criminalising prostitution. The current consultations also seem to be marginally better researched, now that more time has passed since Sweden passed their law.

In both of these consultations, numbers matter. CAAN encourages you, as an individual, to put forward your opinion on these new consultations. You may just have the one argument that turns the tide against the sex-negative campaigners. Your voice counts!

The Northern Ireland Consultation closes 5pm on Thursday 18th October 2012.
You can read the consultation in full with all directions of where to send it here .

The Scotland Consultation closes 14 December 2012.
You can read the consultation in full with all directions of where to send it here .

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ANY PARTIES YOU FEEL WOULD BE INTERESTED.

 

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