Spain breaks up male-prostitute trafficking gang

August 31, 2010 – 8:58am
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

Ignored by society, Afghan dancing boys suffer centuries-old tradition

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

Does policing Craigslist actually threaten safety?

September 28, 2009 1:30 PM

Editors’ Note: Guest bloggers Andrea Ritchie and Jarad Ringer are two of New York City’s foremost experts on violence against sex workers. Ms. Ritchie is the Director of the Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center. Mr. Ringer is the Coordinator of the Hate Violence and Police Relations Program at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and The Sex Workers Project (SWP) have been following and tracking recent debates concerning the use of Craigslist and similar websites to offer erotic services and to negotiate consensual sexual encounters. We are very concerned about the NYPD’s increased attention to policing the use of Craigslist, and specifically about their apparent targeting of LGBT individuals who use the site to meet sexual and romantic partners. Continue reading

WA: Pierce County judge’s trial delayed until September

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

WA: Request to move judge’s prostitution, harassment trial refused

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

Hang in there, India

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

NZ: The Recession Vs. Sexual Boundaries

Posted in: Comment
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.
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