August 31, 2010 – 8:58am
By DANIEL WOOLLS
Associated Press Writer
MADRID (AP) – Spanish police say that for the first time they have broken up a human-trafficking gang that brought men to the country to work as prostitutes, providing them with Viagra, cocaine and other stimulant drugs to be available for sex with other men 24 hours a day.
Authorities arrested 14 people, mainly Brazilians, on suspicion of running the organization and another 17 alleged prostitutes for being in Spain illegally, the National Police said in a statement Tuesday.
Police inspector Jose Nieto said the case involving the Brazilians was the first in which Spanish authorities dismantled a ring in which traffickers brought in men, rather than women, to toil as sex workers. Continue reading
By Atia Abawi, CNN
October 27, 2009 — Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT)
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A young boy dressed in women’s clothing, his face caked in make-up, dances the night away for a crowd of men.
The bells on his feet chime away, mimicking the entertainment and sexual appeal of female dancers. But there is no mistaking his pubescent body and face as he concentrates, focusing on every step in order to please his master and his master’s guests.
This all played out in a video that CNN obtained from a person involved in the parties.
The boy is but one youth among many throughout the country forced into an age-old underground tradition known as “bacha bazi,” or “boy play,” in which young boys are taken from their families, made to dance and used as sex slaves by powerful men. The number of boys involved is unknown — the practice has been going on for centuries, in a country where such practices are overshadowed by conflict and war. Continue reading
Friday, July 3, 2009 7:42 AM PDT
By Adam Lynn
The News Tribune
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht on Friday received a three-month postponement of his trial on charges he hired a prostitute and threatened to kill a man.
Hecht, charged with one count of felony harassment and one misdemeanor count of patronizing a prostitute, had been scheduled to go on trial June 8. He has pleaded not guilty to both counts and vowed to fight the charges. Continue reading
ADAM LYNN, The News Tribune
Published: 07/01/09 5:21 pm | Updated: 07/02/09 6:22 am
It looks as though Superior Court Judge Michael A. Hecht’s trial on charges of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute will take place in Pierce County.
The judge presiding over the case rejected Hecht’s request for a change of venue Wednesday.
King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce left open the possibility of changing his mind if jury selection becomes difficult. But he said didn’t see enough evidence that Hecht’s right to a fair trial had been prejudiced by news coverage. Continue reading
By Craig Young – 1st July 2009
After the heartbreak occassioned by the brutality of Iran’s Ahmajenidad regime against student and other youthful protestors, India may be about to embrace homosexual law reform at long last.
Zoltan Parag: Mr. Gay India 2008
India’s Congress Party-led federal coalition government will hold talks on repealing the country’s colonial era antigay laws. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was passed in 1860 under the tenure of the British Raj, and was meant to mirrorthe anti-sodomy laws that prevailed in Great Britain during that period. Continue reading
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By Craig Young – 13th June 2009
What happens to sexual politics during a time of economic retrenchment? Good question.
In an earlier depression, it was the case that centre-left governments were elected, engaged in public spending, and then embarked on the Second World War. During that period, there was austerity yet mass production for the communal war effort, and massive shifts of population, as well as gender roles, and increased sexual opportunities for lesbians and gay men, whether in uniform as members of the armed forces and their auxiliaries, or in convenient blackout areas which became opportunities for communal male frolicking during air raids. Unfortunately, the end of the war saw economic prosperity yet renewed gender and sexual conservatism, which continued onward until the birth of the New Left, feminism and LGBT rights in the sixties.