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Criminal charges will be amped up if secret service escorts are underage

Six secret service agents have been dismissed or voluntarily stepped down due to a prostitution scandal.

Secret service agents and military personnel, numbering at least 11 of each, are already in legal hot water over the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. Investigators from that country have given notice over the past two days that they are verifying the ages of the females to see if any of the escorts are under 18.

 

Using children for prostitution is illegal in both the US and Colombia. Criminal charges will be filed against any men who hired minors, possibly in both countries.

 

Six of the secret service agents have already resigned, retired or been dismissed, due to their involvement in the sexual escapade in which the US men were observed drinking heavily and partying on the beach with the women and inviting them back to their rooms. A party room to hold 30 had been reserved earlier in the evening.

 

No word has come out yet to identify any sanctions, besides separation from their jobs, which may be levied against the agents. If criminal charges are only set up related to involvement of minors, the implications from this incident are enormous:

 

  • If government officials are going to cavort with prostitutes, make sure that you pay them what was promised so no one raises a fuss (so you don’t get caught)
  • Extra-marital sexual activity is expected (and the norm, perhaps?) for US contingents who are away from home, especially if the supervisors encourage the whole unit to indulge. (Just don’t get caught.)
  • Make sure that the escorts are not juveniles.
  • Be sure to charge all the refreshments and entertainment to the public tab, since the hotel stay does involve work-related activities (even if these events are after-hours).
  • Just for good measure, post sexually-charged comments and pictures on your social media
  • In most other lines of work, blog comment consensus seems to be that what people do on their free time doesn’t matter, and it matters in this case only because sensitive information and the security of the president may have been at stake.

After all, losing a job with the government still brings the accrued pension, and it is likely that the men will be able to get other jobs. That doesn’t seem to address the common perception that engaging with prostitutes is just business as usual for government workers, nor provide any serious consequences for actions that could have had disastrous results. Perhaps a woman causing a ruckus about a broken agreement is what was needed to bring to light the behavior of those charged with the protection of the President of the United States.

Criminal charges will be amped up if secret service escorts are underage – 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.

Phoenix homeschooling: July 30-August 4

Phoenix homeschool events this week include free admission for teachers to the Musical Instrument Museum.

 

Summer is winding quickly to a close, so Phoenix homeschoolers have a short time to take advantage of special summer activities

Here is what is happening July 30-August 4

This week and all month long:

All year long free activities in the Phoenix area

Other Events and Opportunities

If you want to try out some unit studies, check out some of the special days in July for ideas.

July 30:

  • Cheesecake Day
  • Father-in-law Day
  • Paperback Book Day

July 31

Whatever your interests, there is probably an event in the Phoenix area that will be a great fit.

If you have an event that you would like to have featured on this column, please send an emailwith the details. The more advance notice that is given, the more opportunity homeschoolers in Phoenix and surrounding areas will have to know about it and put it on their calendars.

 

Phoenix homeschooling: July 30-August 4 – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com.

Homeschool families invited to host international students for 2012-2013

Hosting  a foreign exchange student is a great way to share cross-cultural experiences and develop international friendships.

Educatius International is a non-profit organization the matches foreign F1 Visa students with host families in the United States. Currently, 10 families in the Phoenix area, including homeschoolers, are needed to open their homes to Brazilian high schoolers who will be here for the school year. Hosts will receive $500 per month, and the students pay for their own activities.

The students are on a scholarship program through the government called “Win the World”, which has a goal of improving the foreign language learning in the public high schools. A letter from the U.S. Consulate in Recife describes the program:

Brazil, and particularly the Brazilian Northeast, is undergoing a period of rapid economic growth while preparing to host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Foreign language skills–particularly English–are vital for increased international commerce as well as receiving tourists for these mega events. Traditionally, the public school system has served youth from lower socio-economic classes. These students rarely have access to extracurricular English courses. Win the World was created with this challenge in mind. Win the World began in October 2011, offering special English classes to 18,000 public high school youth in Pernambuco. The best students from the first semester were chosen to participate in an exchange program to spend a semester overseas, including in the US, all expenses paid.

In order to choose the students that would be sent abroad, the secretariat analyzed the students’ academic history, grades, attendance record, class participation, etc., choosing only the best and most dedicated students.

Hosts are needed in the Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Deer Valley areas. Even though it is short notice before school begins again, interested families are asked to respond to this cultural opportunity very quickly so the students can be placed. For more information, please contact Lisa Partridge, a homeschool mom who has hosted students previously through Educatius International and will be hosting again this year.

The local contact for the exchange program is Melanie Smith.

melanie.smith@educatius.org
Cell: 602-820-6642
Fax: 480-323-2635
www.educatius.org

Homeschool families invited to host international students for 2012-2013 – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com.

City smut profiles: Surprising results for most active porn viewing locales – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

In a study released last month, Orlando tops the list for the greatest consumption of pornographic materials. Research was based on several criteria:

The number of DVDs purchased, rented or streamed

Adult entertainment stores per city

Rate of porn searches

Percentage of Cinemax-subscribing households

The top 100 cities in the United States were tallied with some interesting results in the rankings. The largest cities didn’t make it to the top 10, which means there is more per capita action in the less populated areas.

Top 10 cities for porn access:

1. Orlando, FL

2. Las Vegas, NV

3. Wilmington, DE

4. Raleigh, NC

5. Charlotte, NC

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Atlanta, GA

8. Tampa, FL

9. Anchorage, AK

10. Austin, TX

California is home to the production of 90 percent of the pornography films in the country, but no cities from that state ranked higher than 19 (Sacramento). Of the 10 most populous cities, six landed in the top 50 for porn consumption (Houston, 13; Dallas, 15; San Diego, 17; Chicago, 33; Philadelphia, 34; Phoenix, 50).

Perhaps it is not coincidence that some of the most often cited sex trafficking hubs include some of these top 10 cities. Atlanta, Las Vegas and Orlando are considered prime source and destination areas for trafficking victims, many of whom are under 18.

via City smut profiles: Surprising results for most active porn viewing locales – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Mother’s Day brunch can help rescue somebody’s daughter from sex trafficking – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

Mothers are known as the face of love for their offspring. When children have gone missing or have taken a bad turn in life, many moms will continue to grieve and agonize until everything is set right once again. For the hundreds of thousands of children who have been caught up in sex trafficking, the setting right process may only come about if the girl or boy is pulled out of the situation through intervention of law enforcement and placement in a healing environment.

Troy Hailpern of Elevate Coffee Company in Phoenix wants to be part of the healing process. A special Mother’s Day Brunch has been set up as a fundraiser for StreetLightUSA, one of the few comprehensive residential treatment centers in the country for girls who have been rescued from sexual exploitation. Families can honor their moms and provide hope for some of the girls who need a safe haven of love and support. Each child enslaved in commercial sexual abuse is somebody’s daughter or son.

View slideshow: The many faces of crepes to delight your palate.

Elevate Coffee Company Mother’s Day Brunch

When: Sunday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Elevate Coffee Company
2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273
At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

Phoenix, AZ 85085
(602) 341-5480

What to do: Purchase a hand-crafted sweet or savory crepe
Mom gets a free drink
$1.00 from each crepe purchased goes to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the girls.
Salads and desserts are also available.

Crepes can be purchased anytime Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 and $1.00 for each one will still be donated to StreetLightUSA.

Celebrate Mom and give the gift of safety and care for some of the wounded daughters who are sex trafficking victims.

via Mother’s Day brunch can help rescue somebody’s daughter from sex trafficking – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Sex trafficking awareness: Mom’s brunch, comedy show raise funds for survivors – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

It is Mother’s Day weekend. StreetLightUSA, a residential treatment in Phoenix, is being honored this weekend by area supporters who are putting on fundraising events. Both activities are great places to take the mothers in your life that would love a sweet dining experience or a great comedy show.

Elevate Coffee Company is celebrating moms with non-stop crepes for the weekend.

With each crepe purchase, mothers will receive a free drink, and $1.00 will be donated to StreetLightUSA. Offer is good Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

Location: 2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273

Phoenix, AZ 85085

At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

(602) 341-5480

Special free bonus: Saturday night May 12th, the Musical Theater of Anthem will be giving a free performance. They will feature selections from their musical “Annie” and other pop music. For highlights of Anthem Musical Theater in action, click here.

  • Free to Laugh Comedy Show is playing at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. The two shows feature comedians Carlos Oscar, Dana Daniels, and Leland Klassen. The clean, family friendly humor will have you laughing until your sides ache. A portion of each ticket will go to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the residents.

Location: Bethany Bible Church
6060 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Ticket cost: $20.00 each, purchased at the door.
Show times: 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

StreetLightUSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and healing of girls 11-17 who have been held in hostage-like situations and have been forced to prostitute their bodies. Often, they service 10 or more customers each night, and are subjected to every kind of brutal treatment imaginable. There are very few places these children can go for safety, medical care, education, training in life skills, and resources for turning their lives around. StreetLightUSA offers all of this in their residential facility, the only such comprehensive service in Arizona, and one of a handful of similar centers across the country.

Make a date with your favorite mom to attend one of these events, and be a blessing to the girls who may need a caring place to heal from the trauma of sex trafficking.

via Sex trafficking awareness: Mom’s brunch, comedy show raise funds for survivors – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Alexis La Benz: A Girl Scout fights sex trafficking on a national scale – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

Alexis La Benz of Chandler, Arizona has campaigned against the forced prostitution of children for the past four years, beginning at age 14. Her fight has mainly been orchestrated through informational and inspirational presentations within the ranks of Girl Scouts, teen groups and churches, both at the local and national level. She is now a high school senior who will be starting college in the fall, but the passion for making a difference for the sex trafficked children has not diminished.

She is part of a group called GS GEMS, Girl Scout Girls Empowering and Mentoring with Support, which will continue to raise awareness within the community about the issue. Alexis will transition at some point from a Scout to a troop leader, where her passion and influence can continue to grow.

View slideshow: Being a voice for the voiceless: A teen speaks out for sex trafficked teens.

Through this experience that married Girl Scouting and the championship of a cause, many doors have opened up for Alexis La Benz.

  • She has become good friends with some survivors and collaborated with other Girl
    Scout groups.
  • A pilot program with GSUSA teamed the GEMS members with Girl Guides in Honduras around the issue of sex trafficking. This broadened the perspective of both sets of scouts to see how the problem manifests and is handled in each country. The US girls began making and selling black and white awareness bracelets as their point of entrée for discussion, and the Hondurans prepared and served meals for the same purpose.
  • Alexis was named one of 10 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest award in Girl Scouting by GSUSA
  • She was asked to address 15,000 Girl Scouts and tell about her Gold Award project at the 2011 National GSUSA Conference where she got to meet the GSUSA president, Anna Maria Chavez.
  • She has received several scholarships and will be participating in Arizona State
    University’s Barrett Honors College in the fall of 2012.
  • As part of the 100th year celebration of Girl Scouting, Alexis took part in a ceremony at the Arizona State Capitol in which Governor Jan Brewer and eight other state legislators were given honorary Girl Scout status.
  • Alexis and her fellow GS GEMS, created a training video that other troops around the country can use to develop their own GS GEMS programs.
  • In 2010, she received the GS World Leadership Award
  • She was a Girl Advisor on the Arizona Girl Scouts Board of Directors for 2010-2012
  • Alexis still continues to do speaking engagements and incorporates her website, www.teensontrafficking.org, into her presentations.

What does all this involvement in the sordid world of sex trafficking mean for Alexis?

“It has had a huge impact on my life. It helps the greater good and helps me know about myself, the kind of leader I am. Even though there are really awful things in the world, you don’t have to sit idly by. You can put your foot down and say, ‘This has to be stopped!’ Even though it is a big bad world, we can help each other.”

Alexis will be majoring in Business Communication with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship (non-profit management). Her eventual goal is to be the CEO of GSUSA. In the meantime, she will continue to be a warrior in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children and will recruit others to stand with her in the battle

Read more about Alexis LaBenz’s story.

via Alexis La Benz: A Girl Scout fights sex trafficking on a national scale – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Childhood sexual abuse made Barbara vulnerable to sex trafficking ploys – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

Barbara Amaya has been living with a painful, devastating secret for over 40 years. She was a victim of child sex trafficking decades before there was even a term for such a thing. Only in the last few weeks, at age 55, has she been able to start telling her story. For the first time, she has a voice for her brokenness, and people are listening.

“I feel like I was raised by animals, but they would have treated me better.”

Barbara Amaya

View slideshow: Barbara Amaya today.

Family sexual abuse was not uncommon in the ’60s and ’70s, but it was not really an open matter. When Barbara tried to tell her mother of her ordeals, she was met with denial that anything had happened. Without validation or help or protection from the abusers, the cycle of rapes and molestations continued. At 12, Barbara ran away to nearby Washington, D.C. She was caught, put in detention or reform school and would eventually run again. No one ever acknowledged the abuse or asked her what was going on inside. When she was returned to her home and put in school, she knew her world was so different that she would never be able to fit back in.

Using every kind of drug she could access, the young teen was struggling to numb herself from the horrors of her world. Once, while alone in D.C., a woman befriended her and took the girl home with her. Desperately looking for love and acceptance, Barbara was a perfect target for the next stage. She was forced to prostitute herself on the street corners.

At 13, the woman sold her to a male pimp from New York. He was the “stereotypical pimp with the platform shoes and fancy car”, and he played the role of “boyfriend”. Soon, he, too, forced Barbara to sell herself. She stayed with him for about six years and complied, even though she knew she was risking her life every night on the streets of New York. Raped, beaten, shot and stabbed on numerous occasions, she ran away several times, but her captor would always find her and beat her mercilessly into submission.

When picked up by the police for prostitution, Barbara always lied that her age was 19 or 21, as instructed by the pimp, and the officers never questioned that information. They never offered her any help or alternatives. When she got out of jail, she returned to the pimp as her only option.

Barbara’s drug of choice was heroin, and she was so badly addicted that even the pimp realized she was no longer useful to him. She kept aside some of her trick money so she could buy more drugs and then got beaten up for her lies and deceit. She started staying away from the house until he finally cut her loose and left her on the street.

For two years, she lived as the walking dead, homeless, addicted and desolate. A counselor from a methadone program was able to reunite this young woman with her family, and in 1979, Barbara took a train to Philadelphia to see them. She has never looked back on that life nor been back to New York.

Barbara’s website: barbaraamaya.com

Read the rest of Barbara’s story:

via Childhood sexual abuse made Barbara vulnerable to sex trafficking ploys – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

The aftermath of sex trafficking: Dealing with the pain and shame – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

As a survivor of teen sex trafficking, Barbara Amaya was ready to be done with the life of captivity and mandated sex acts with multiple strangers every night. It is typical for many former victims to feel drawn back into the abuse and sex trades, but this young lady was able to turn away completely and make a new start.

However, the effects of the years of humiliation were not over. Only 21, but having lived a thousand nightmares called life, getting detoxed and clean from the drugs took years. Barbara had left school in 6th grade and had no skills. She had undiagnosed PTSD and panic attacks, and when drug-free had to deal with all the terrors of the past that permeated her mind and emotions. Reconnecting with the family was stressful, for their best course was to put her in a program for the mentally handicapped. At the time, there was little understanding of the effects of sex trafficking.

After time, Barbara did get her GED and a degree in Early Childhood Development. She returned to Virginia where she married, but due to her unhealed wounding, she had a knack for picking alcoholics. Desperately wanting a baby, but unable to conceive because of sexual trauma-induced infertility, she had surgery and was able to bear a daughter.

As a mom, Barbara became intensely protective of her child. She left her husband when the baby was two, and had to work. She was afraid to leave the girl at day care and “started acting crazy”, and realized she needed counseling. She later lost her federal government job when she was fingerprinted, and her record came back with adult prostitution arrests while she had been in New York. Even though she was as young as 12 at the time, she had lied about her age and no one questioned her.

Shame-filled, alone and unable to trust her story to others, Barbara started a daycare in her home. She had a season of not being involved in a relationship, which she credits as the tool that God used for her healing process. Prior to this, she was still looking for love and romance and spent time going clubbing, making poor choices in her involvements with men.

Health issues such as back pain, from being thrown down stairs and out of a car, and abuse-related uterine cancer, resulting in a complete hysterectomy, reminded this young woman of the damage in her body as well as her soul. Times of solitude helped Barbara learn to love herself, but there were lots of “dark, ugly days” of being really depressed as she worked through her past.

Barbara’s daughter ran away from home at 15, and this was the catalyst for the heartsick mom to tell her child about her own childhood. This was a turning point as Barbara’s eyes were opened to see that the abuse was not her fault. She was a deeply wounded child who hadn’t known what she was getting into, and was literally brainwashed from 12 to 19 to be in the life. It was “us against the squares, and this conditioning plays into a young person’s mindset, especially when a girl is searching for love. It is hard to come to mindset that I am one of the normal people”.

Next: A sex trafficking survivor walks in victory, helping other victims

Read the rest of Barbara’s story:

Barbara can be contacted through her website: barbaraamaya.com

via The aftermath of sex trafficking: Dealing with the pain and shame – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.