West Hollywood Condom protest

METRO NEWS VANCOUVER
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Reuters
p. 6.

A young girl holds a sign during a rally in support of the use of condoms in the adult film industry in West Hollywood yesterday. The rally was organized by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in support of a legislation that would mandate the use of protection by adult actors.

PHOTO: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

19 arrested in Pasadena undercover prositution sting

From staff reports
Posted: 06/17/2009 09:32:40 PM PDT

PASADENA – Eighteen men and one woman were arrested Wednesday during a prostitution sting along Colorado Boulevard, police said.

The police operation was carried out between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. along East Colorado Boulevard, where Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said prostitution is an ongoing problem.

“We receive regular complaints of this type of activity on the east side of town,” he said.

To combat the problem, “Undercover officers posed as both prostitutes and customers in a sting operation for male and female participants,” Delgado said.

All the men arrested were allegedly seeking purchase the services of a prostitute, while the woman was suspected of trying to offer sexual services for money, Delgado said.

Ten of the suspects were booked on suspicion of soliciting acts of prostitution, and nine were arrested for loitering for the purpose of prostitution, the lieutenant said.

Original at Pasadena Star-News

India on US watch list

Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, June 17 — India has again been placed on Tier 2 Watch List by the US State Department because New Delhi failed to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation. Internal forced labour may constitute India’s largest trafficking problem; men, women, and children in debt bondage are forced to work in industries such as brick kilns, rice mills, agriculture, and embroidery factories, said the US Human Trafficking Report 2009. Continue reading

Vancouver: Cutting off funding for street prostitute van is unconscionable

http://www.vancouversun.com/
VANCOUVER SUN
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It’s common to hear politicians at all levels of government speak sympathetically about the plight of prostitutes who work on street. But doing something about their plight is another thing entirely.

We know that the 20 per cent of prostitutes who work the street are in far more danger than the 80 per cent who work in escort agencies or out of apartments or hotels. Indeed, almost every one of the more than 100 prostitutes murdered in British Columbia in the past two decades has been a street worker. Continue reading

Prof gets nod for fighting human trafficking

By DHARM MAKWANA, 24 HOURS
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sex trafficking may be hard to find in Canada but that doesn’t mean its not happening, warns an expert in human trafficking.

To combat the problem of modern-day slavery UBC prof. Benjamin Perrin demanded the federal government create a national action plan to deal with human trafficking in a coordinated effort with provinces and non-governmental organizations.

“Traffickers have preyed on vulnerable under-age women,” he said. “That’s their primary market.” Continue reading