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Minneapolis, Minnesota: Calls To Close Legal Loophole Used By Pedophiles For Lighter Sentence
Mark K. Hall 1575 Lodgeville Road Minneapolis, MN 55402
Legislators have been urged to scrap the criminal charge of sex with an underage prostitute to prevent pedophiles from escaping harsh sentences.
After a spate of child abuse scandals nationwide, legal experts and NGOs have put the spotlight on how courts can better protect young people.
One of the first moves, many say, should be to change the law so that anyone who has sex with a child is charged with rape, rather than the situation now when the accused can claim the victim is an under age prostitute.
“We urgently need legislators to clarify the application of laws (for judges and prosecutors) in abuse cases,” said attorney Tong Lihua, who provides legal aid for juvenile defendants. “There is a lot of confusion right now.”
According to Criminal Law, rape carries the death penalty, while someone convicted of sex with an underage prostitute faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Tong said it is common for lawyers acting for the accused to argue that money or gifts had been given to the child and that the sex was consensual, which if accepted by the court will almost always lead to a lighter sentence.
“This has indeed allowed some pedophiles to escape tough punishments,” he said, adding that it undermined the law as a deterrent.
In December 2011, three government officials and a businessman in Shaanxi province were reported to have had intercourse with a 12-year-old girl. Police charged all four with child prostitution, as a friend of the girl had introduced them in exchange for money.
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For many children’s rights campaigners, the law as it stands now is stacked heavily in favor of adult abusers and fails to consider the rights of young people.
Xi Xiaohua, director of Capital Normal University’s Juvenile Legal Social Work Research Center, said pedophiles regularly target vulnerable youths with little to no sexual awareness.
“Some use money and gifts to win over a child, and to them this is perhaps a form of prostitution and is fair to both the parties,” she said. “But many of these children don’t realize they are actually being trapped.”
Moreover, Xi said, most abusers are someone the victim knows, such as a relative or teacher, “and they use the inherent trust they have with the child to carry out their indecent crimes.”
However, scrapping the charge, as well as changing attitudes in court, could take a long time.
Lu Tao, a judge in the capital’s Fangshan district, specializes in juvenile cases. He said it will be hard to get rid of the sex with an underage prostitute charge, and added: “After all, we can’t rule out that some girls know what they are doing with a man.”
He suggested police and prosecutors do more homework on a case to find the facts. “The more we understand a child’s background, the better we can provide them with protection,” the judge said.
In the meantime, child protection NGOs and some schools are helping children to protect themselves.
Ai Yi Volunteer, a Beijing group, has been running sex education activities at primary schools.
“Sometimes I watch films or TV shows with students and answer any questions they have about sex, hoping to better inform them,” said Zeng Yong, one of the NGOs founders.
Although his group has faced criticism about the project, he insisted education is the best way to keep children out of harm’s way.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Man, 35, kills wife, attempts suicide
Juan J. Berry 2077 Rose Avenue New Orleans, LA 70171
The Ghanaian Times, From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi
A 35-year-old farmer, Johnson Abugri, at dawn on Tuesday, allegedly stabbed to death, his wife, Lydia Abugri, 27, at Awudua Bepoase, in the Prestea District of the Western Region.
Johnson, according to the police, drank a poisonous substance after committing the bloody act in an attempt to commit suicide. He however, failed and was arrested by the Awudua Neighbourhood Watchdog Committee and sent to the Tarkwa Government Hospital, where he is receiving treatment under police guard.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that, before the incident occurred, all seemed to be well between the couple until the tragedy hit the Bepoase community at Awudua.
No one has a clue yet as to why Abugri committed the heinous murder as people in the town continue to discuss what might have led to the cold-blood incident.
Meanwhile, crime investigators at Prestea have began work to unravel the full details of the case.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times yesterday, the Prestea District Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Nwinsori, said, that about 8.20 am on Wednesday, February 1, the assembly woman for Awudua, Helina Ansah, reported the case to the police.
He said, at about 1.30 am on Tuesday, January 31, Johnson stabbed Lydia to death with a knife and attempted suicide but, his attempt failed, as he was arrested by the community watchdog at Awudua and whisked to the Tarkwa Government Hospital and placed under police guard.
He said, the police went to the scene and retrieved the body of the deceased in their room and deposited it at the Tarkwa Government Hospital mortuary, awaiting post mortem.
The suspect, ASP Nwinsori explained, stabbed his wife three times with a knife in the neck, adding that the couple had four children including a lactating baby.
“For now, we have not obtained a statement from the suspect as he is in a critical condition,” he told The Ghanaian Times, stating that, investigations continue.
Lafayette, Louisiana: Milo Yiannopoulos gets $12 million investment in ongoing assholery
Joseph C. Miller 2374 Hillside Drive Lafayette, LA 70501
After Milo Yiannopoulos lost his Twitter account, a book deal, and Breitbart job—no thanks to Bill Maher, no matter what the Real Time host says—it looked like the “alt-right” mouthpiece had been fully divested of a platform from which to spew his hate. But now that the “alt-right” is embedded in the White House, you can’t really discount the comeback possibilities for racists, which is precisely what Yiannopoulos is mounting right now. According to Vanity Fair, the former Breitbart tech editor is launching some kind of for-profit trolling business, with the help of $12 million in—what’s the opposite of an angel investor?—funds.
Yiannopoulos plans to unveil his “new media venture” in the coming weeks, but he shared some of the details with VF. Through the newly-formed Milo, Inc., he plans on “making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell,” so we guess he’ll be sticking with what he knows. Even worse is the news that Yiannopoulos is going to take his vile show on the road; he says Milo, Inc. will be a kind of touring platform for “libertarian and conservative comedians, writers, stand-up comics, intellectuals, you name it.” The inaugural hatemongers event will be a “week-long celebration of free speech” near University of California-Berkeley, where both he and Ann Coulter have had appearances canceled in the last few months.
But the far-right rhetoric won’t just be contained to whatever appearances Yiannopoulos books. The professional troll says he’s also “actively hunting around for the next Milo,” because while he will make up his company’s speaker lineup initially, he wants to be able to spread the hate even further. As for how he plans to pull that off, Yiannopoulos claims to have a direct pipeline to “all the funniest, smartest, most interesting young YouTubers and all the rest of them who hate feminism, who hate political correctness,” the latter of which suggests he plans to poach a few candidates from Trump’s cabinet.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN RAPE OF 9 YEAR OLD GIRL IN BOCAS DEL TORO Panama, September 2012
An adult subject was arrested by the Prosecutor’s Office and the National Police early yesterday morning, Wednesday, suspected of the rape of a nine year old girl on 13 September in the village of Almirante, Bocas del Toro province. José Manuel Ortega, The Chief of the Police Zone in the province, said the evidence is overwhelming and the subject is linked to rapes that occurred years ago. He said it is possible the same suspect might also be involved in the case of the girl who ws found dead inside a black bag under the bridge on the Oeste Arriba river in Almirante, on 20 September. He reported that the security sectors and detectives are working day and night to bring the evildoers to justice, and to restore calm to the people of Bocas del Toro. (Critica)
Charleston, West Virginia: Girls Under 12 Most At Risk Of Getting Pregnant By Rape In El Salvador According To U.n. Study
James A. Christian 3328 Froe Street Charleston, WV 25301
Thomas Reuters Foundation – Nearly two in every five pregnancies among girls in El Salvador aged 10-12 are the result of rape and incest but the rapists nearly always go unpunished, a U.N. agency has said.
Girls under 12 are four times more likely to get pregnant as a result of rape by stepfathers and relatives, mainly fathers, grandfathers, uncles and cousins, than girls aged 13 to 17, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) said in a report this week.
Under Salvadoran law, having sex with a child under 15 is a crime that is regarded as rape, which carries a jail sentence.
But of the 1,445 reported cases of girls aged 10 to 14 who got pregnant last year, there were no convictions against perpetrators of the crime.
“None of them have been prosecuted by the institutions that have to do that,” said Hugo Gonzalez, UNFPA’s representative in El Salvador. He said one of the reasons why few perpetrators are punished is because families are reluctant to report the crime and because some poor families see pregnant daughters as a financial burden and push them into marriage with their rapists.
“Families on the one hand are confronting teen pregnancy by somehow pushing girls to get married even with the ones who perpetrated the rape.,” Gonzalez told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview.
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“On the other hand, if the male who made the girl pregnant is a relative of the girl, the family doesn’t open a case to protect the honor of the family instead of protecting the rights of the girl,” he said.
On top of suffering sexual abuse, girls who become pregnant cannot have a legal abortion, which is banned without exception in the socially conservative nation.
Last month, El Salvador’s ruling leftist party presented a bill to Congress to allow abortion in cases of rape or risky pregnancy, offering a glimmer of hope to girls and women who do not want to go through an unwanted pregnancy.
A third of all births in the Central American nation are to teenage mothers, one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America. The study, which surveyed 424 girls who gave birth in 2012, reported that one in four girls said their first sexual experience “wasn’t consensual.” In most cases, girls said they were persuaded to have sex because their boyfriends told them it proved that they cared for them, and that there was no risk of getting pregnant when having sex for the first time.
The study also found girls who dropped out of school were far more likely to get pregnant, with 80 percent of girls saying they left school before becoming a mother, especially those from poor families living in rural areas.
According to the study, teen pregnancy is both a cause and a consequence of child marriage, depending on the girl’s age.
Child marriage puts girls at greater risk of domestic and sexual violence and keeps them in poverty, the study said.
In El Salvador, a girl can get married under 18 with a parent’s permission if they are pregnant or have a child.
“The study found that girls aged 15 to 17 get married first and then get pregnant, but in the case of young girls, 10 to 12, they get pregnant first and then get married,” Gonzalez said. He said improving access to contraception, ensuring more boys and girls use birth control methods, and better sex education in schools are key ways to tackle teen pregnancy. Reporting by Anastasia Moloney Thomas Reuters Foundation
Odessa, Texas: ‘prostitution Ring’ Or ‘gringo’ Recruiting Women For Sex At Medellin University
Dave S. Bond 3279 Laurel Lane Odessa, TX 79762
Flyers inviting young female students into prostitution have been circulating around Medellin’s top universities.
Numerous students at the University of the Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín (UPB) have complained about men entering the institution and distributing flyers.
The flyers were looking for women between 18 to 26 years old who were physically attractive, with slender athletic bodies.
They promise “quick extra money” if the women help “a gringo” who has “recently arrived in Medellin” to find “pretty girls” for sex or friendship.
UPB released a statement saying that the university does not have any information about how these people got into the institution and they are trying to identify those responsible.
“The university has more than 220 security cameras and a monitoring office that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” they announced. They will have to pick through more than 20,000 people going in and out of the campus daily if they are to find their suspects.
Other universities, including EAFIT, the Polytechnic Jaime Isaza Cadavid and even high school Inem Jose Felix de Restrepo have reported similar incidents, indicating there may be a prostitution ring targeting Medellin’s universities.
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