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Raping with impunity: If you tell, I will kill you (Video)

Many rapes go unreported due to the victim's shame and fear.  Credit:  Holly Craw

Many rapes go unreported due to the victim’s shame and fear. Credit: Holly Craw

Mary Lou was raped in Phoenix on Friday night, one of possibly hundreds of unreported rapes in the metropolis that night. These won’t make the news, but perhaps their effects will be at least as devastating as the high-profile cases.

The victim is a young woman who met the assailant in a treatment group. Under the pretense of being a friend who wanted to watch a movie with her, he took her to his apartment and sexually assaulted her. To aggravate the crime, he threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

This scenario happens all too frequently across the country. The victim is already devastated by an act of degradation and personal violence, and then is silenced by fear of reprisal. The first response for the victim, out of shame and feeling dirty, is to bathe and try to get clean from the vile act and memories of humiliation. Then she feels hopeless and guilty for washing away all the evidence, so there seems to be no point in reporting or doing a rape kit.

In Mary Lou’s case, the rape triggered flashbacks of previous sexual assaults and violations and brought on suicidal ideations. After pretending everything was okay for nearly 48 hours, she finally called a friend and the crisis response team. Before she could be admitted to a psychiatric hospital, however, she had to go to the emergency room for a rape kit and police report. Six hours later, hospital staff told her that they didn’t do the rape test there, so she was discouraged from taking further action.

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Secret Service prostitution scandal: Another name for sex tourism?

Obama says he will be "very angry" if the allegations of secret service agents and military members engaging in prostitution are verified.

The security clearances of 11 of President Obama‘s secret service agents were pulled on April 16 as part of a prostitution scandal investigation. The agents were in Cartagena, Colombia last week to prepare advance security measures for the President’s attendance at the Summit of the Americas in that city. At least one agent was reportedly entertaining a prostitute in his room beyond the hotel’s curfew of 7:00 AM, and she complained to police that the man owed her money, which was then paid on the spot. All of the agents and some military personnel were sent home for inappropriate behavior.

Prostitution is illegal in Colombia, but is overlooked by police within designated tolerance zones. Many of the preliminary comments by White House officials focus on the possible breach of security and potential for blackmail that have been engendered with the agents’ behavior. While these in themselves are extremely serious issues, almost nothing is being said about the legal and moral impropriety of government staff supporting the international sex trades.


Secret Service prostitution scandal: Another name for sex tourism? – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Octomom film deal: $100K self-pleasuring footage is ‘not porn’

Nadya Suleman, Octomom, and family in 2010 launching a celebrity vegan shake. The mom of 14 has signed a porn film deal.

Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom of California, has signed a porn film contract for $100,000 with Steve Hirsch’s Vivid Entertainment on May 1. The video will be shot this summer and will only show Nadya doing self-pleasuring acts. Because no other actors will be involved, Miss Suleman claims that this is not porn, which she has vowed never to do.

In 2009, Octomom was offered $1 million to do a porn film by Hirsch, but declined because she didn’t want her 14 kids to find out. In March 2012, however, with mounting debts and imminent foreclosure on her house, she did a series of nude shots for a British magazine for $8,000 rent money, still maintaining that she would not sign up for a porn flick.

The contract with Vivid Entertainment coincides with Suleman filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy yesterday with $500,000 to $1 million in debt. Recently, she has worked with Dial A Star, in which she got $14 a minute for talking to callers on the phone. She also receives $2000 a month in welfare from the state of California.

Apparently money troubles can make a woman change the way she defines life experiences. According to Wikipedia, “Pornography or porn is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter.” True, shots of one person in pleasuring acts would be considered soft porn, but the ultimate purpose of the adult film is still the same, even if no one else is involved.

A one-time contract is not likely to end Suleman’s financial troubles with her debt so high and the numerous expenses of raising so many children. The easy money in nude pictures paved the way for her convictions to broaden a bit more to do a soft porn film, which is likely to open up other opportunities in the adult sex industry. The slippery slide into hardcore films may get a little steeper with each financial carrot that is placed before her.

Nadya Suleman was investigated by Child Protective Services last week after her hairdresser took pictures of her squalid home and showed them to the police. She was cleared of any wrongdoing, but a year ago, she feared that the children could be taken by the agency after she appeared in a dominatrix fetish video. Perhaps she is naïve about the seamy side of the porn industry, and doesn’t realize where it can lead and the physical and emotional pain it can bring to the participants.

What do you think? Is doing porn films a good way for a single mom to make a living?

Octomom film deal: $100K self-pleasuring footage is ‘not porn’ – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Backpage boasts 400 child sex ads reported monthly: More trafficked minors found – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

In a May 2012 investigation by ABC Nightline, the lawyer for Village Voice Media’s subsidiary, Backpage.com, insisted that the publication giant is helping stop the sex trafficking of minors. This week, Backpage asked that the demand from the state attorneys general to shut down the adult sex ads be dropped. Attorney Liz McDougall told Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden that 80 percent of their Phoenix based employees are tasked with scouring the adult services ads to find postings about children. Approximately 400 notices are passed on to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children each month, double the number reported six months ago.

Nevertheless, there are still children being trafficked through the online ads of Backpage.com. Sheryl*, an employee at a national treatment center* for girls rescued from sex trafficking, regularly monitors the adult section of Backpage. She has recently identified two of the former residents of the facility. The pictures were turned over to the police and the teen girls were found and apprehended. In addition, a third girl, age 15, and the pimp were brought into custody.

View slideshow: Backpage.com: Blatantly violating its own standards on sex ads?

Often, the girls themselves are commanded by the pimp to take and post their own pictures. Even though the posting rules specify that account holders must be 18 or over, and a credit card is needed to pay the ad fees, there is no way to verify the age or identity of the poster.

Posting rules on Backpage.com

You agree to the following when posting in this category:

  • I will not post obscene or lewd and lascivious graphics or photographs which depict genitalia, actual or simulated sexual acts or naked images;
  • I will not post any solicitation directly or in “coded” fashion for any illegal service, including exchanging sexual favors for money or other valuable consideration;
  • I will not post any material on the Site that exploits minors in any way;
  • I will not post any material on the Site that in any way constitutes or assists in human trafficking;
  • I am at least 18 years of age or older and not considered to be a minor in my state of residence.

Any post exploiting a minor in any way will be subject to criminal prosecution and will be reported to the Cybertipline for law enforcement.

Postings violating these rules and our Terms of Use are subject to removal without refund.

The Adult Entertainment section is filled with ads that blatantly violate the company’s own rules. The second bullet point refers to prostitution, which is illegal in all states except Nevada, and there it is legal only in certain counties. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the services being solicited are sex for money, especially with the pictures on the sidebar. Human trafficking may be most identifiable if minors are involved, but “consenting adults” may also be entrapped in the bondage of sex slavery in a variety of ways.

Backpage.com is making $2-3 million every month from the sex ads, but Liz McDougall claims they are helping to stop the sex trafficking by cooperating with the police. However, the attorneys general from 48 states and three territories have declared that they are contributing to the problem by allowing the adult section to continue. There is a major nationwide movement to have Backpage shut down their adult services section, just as Craig’s List did 18 months ago.

What do you think? Does the ease of advertising sexual services contribute to sex trafficking, especially of minors?

*Name of center and employee withheld for the protection of the residents

via Backpage boasts 400 child sex ads reported monthly: More trafficked minors found – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.