Claim: Blackwater Billed US for ‘Morale Welfare Recreation’ Provided by Prostitute

Two former employees have accused Blackwater Worldwide of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips.
February 11, 2010 |

The world’s oldest profession may have been subsidized by the US government during the war on terror.

“Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips,” Carol D. Leonnig reports for the Washington Post.

The article continues, “In newly unsealed court records, a husband and wife who once worked for Blackwater said they had personal knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and charging the government Continue reading


US Navy officer Timothy Davis found not guilty of raping prostitute in Sydney brothel

November 23, 2009 4:26PM

A US sailor cleared today of raping a prostitute in a Sydney brothel is “looking forward” to returning to California.

While Petty Officer Timothy Davis had admitted using a “lockdown manoeuvre” to pin the woman to the bed, he denied forcing himself on her, saying he had only wanted his money back.

The 25-year-old had pleaded not guilty to having sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated by causing the woman actual bodily harm. Continue reading

RIGHTS-SOUTH KOREA: Prostitution Thrives with U.S. Military Presence

By Zoltán Dujisin

SEOUL, Jul 7 (IPS) – With the presence of U.S. soldiers, flesh trade is flourishing near the Camp Stanley Camptown close to Seoul.

Since 1945, U.S. troops have been stationed in the Korean peninsula, with their current strength estimated to be 28,500. The country plunged into civil war between 1950 and 1953 and since then, U.S. troops have remained there, claiming to act as a deterrent against North Korea, the country’s communist neighbour. Prostitution in the region is a direct result of their presence, local observers say.

Russian and Chinese troops also had troops stationed on the Korean peninsula in the aftermath of the civil conflict, but “have since left the area while U.S. troops are still here, in almost 100 military bases,” Yu Young Nim, the head of a local non-governmental organisation which provides counseling, medical and legal care for sex workers, told IPS. Continue reading

Secrets of Sexual Forced Labour in Nazi Concentration Camps

Tuesday, 30 June 2009
by Kathryn Hadley

I have vivid memories of a school trip to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, 35 kilometres north of Berlin: the crematories, the so-called ‘Station Z’ built for the extermination of prisoners in 1942, the infirmary… I have no recollection, however, of the camp brothel.

Robert Sommer’s latest book The Concentration Camp Bordello: Sexual Forced Labor in National Socialistic Concentration Camps (Das KZ-Bordell) provides, however, for the first time a comprehensive study of this dark, hushed-up and largely ignored chapter of the history of Nazi Germany. Sommer is a cultural studies Continue reading

Trafficking in female misery

Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Crusader Hillis talks to anti-sex slavery campaigner and author Kathleen Maltzhan.

Kathleen Maltzahn wants to see an end to the trafficking of women for prostitution.

The busy City of Yarra Councillor has spent much of her working life over the past two decades, here and in the Philippines, supporting trafficked women, exposing their dealers, and lobbying for changes in government policy, law enforcement and immigration.

Her work has informed a remarkable new book, Trafficked. Paced like a true crime thriller, it deftly tackles the issues of trafficked Asian women in Australia. It describes her two long stays in the Philippines, where she witnessed first hand the cruelty and inhumane conditions that women were forced to live with as prostitutes on the streets, in poor bars and for the American military. Stories of rape, brutality and enforced incarceration in filthy cells in brothels were commonplace.

“Many of the women we worked with were approached by recruiters to go to other countries,” she says. “Then a young woman who we had worked with was trafficked while we knew her. That really brought it close to home; and proved that it was real, not just a story made up about the sex industry.”

A particularly gruelling part of the book deals with sex slavery in a precinct near the US Clark Air Force base known as The Area. Local police worked with the brothel owners to ensure that women were not allowed to leave the area, and a major raid organised by the national police failed to find any women. Owners were tipped off and the women were quickly bussed out of The Area.

“Between the two trips, and then later again, it was all those links between big concepts – globalisation, trafficking for marriage, prostitution and sex tourism – that helped to form my focus. The Filipino community was learning how to deal with bad situations, including domestic violence.

“Back in Australia, it became clear that many Filipino women – often trafficked for marriage – were suffering domestic violence and control by their Australian husbands. I had to ask, what is the mindset for Australian men to do that?”

Maltzahn’s book paints a tragic situation for many Asian women living in Australia. Subjected to stereotyping and often devalued, she says that the views of many Australian men can be simply expressed.

“One man we spoke to put it like this ‘Asian women are made for this (sex work)’. Many men see Asian women as both subservient and nymphomaniacs – as both traditional and willing to do what other women won’t do. They are a blank slate that you can project all your fantasies on. Where does this dehumanisation come from?”

The book suggests that this dehumanisation, both in marriage and prostitution, starts with idealising: Asian women are good wives, made to please you, but when disappointment sets in, the punishment begins.

Maltzahn documents several local trafficking cases – as recently as 2003 there was widespread belief that trafficking didn’t exist here. A high profile case about a Brunswick Street brothel recently upheld a conviction in the High Court against its owner for human slavery. The case is important and offers hope that more convictions will succeed. Maltzahn also documents how many of the victims of trafficking are further punished by unfair immigration practices that have often forcibly repatriated women back to dangerous situations. Stories of women disappearing or being murdered dot the manuscript with alarming regularity. Across the world, Maltzahn tells me, “It is the bottom of the trafficking train – often women – that ends up being charged and sent to jail.”

Maltzahn believes that men have a responsibility to seek consent from prostitutes in brothels before they engage in sex, and assistance by male customers remains one of the most common ways that women eventually escape sex slavery.

Meanwhile, Maltzahn is honing her political ambitions, intending to run on the Greens ticket for the City of Melbourne elections in November against Councillors John So and Gary Singer. Like Singer, Melbourne’s current Deputy Mayor, Maltzahn is also gay.

She describes her campaign ideas simply: “Melbourne could be a whole lot more than it is. It could be a smart, green city, an example for the country, and the rest of the world. Instead we have a lot of spin and circuses, and we can no longer afford that with the urgency around climate change.”

While she says beating John So’s ticket will be hard, Maltzahn is excited by the prospect: “If the Greens win it would be really exciting. Partly it would mean that we have that mandate from the community to address climate change and community equity, in a capital city that has the resources to make a difference.”

Kathleen Maltzahn’s Trafficked
UNSW Press, Briefings; 2008; 125pp; $19.95

Korea: Soldiers warned about prostitution crackdown near Yongsan Garrison

By Jimmy Norris and Hwang Hae-rym, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Thursday, September 11, 2008

SEOUL — South Korean police are planning a major prostitution crackdown in areas near the U.S. Army’s Yongsan Garrison.

Yongsan police confirmed Tuesday they had received instructions from the Central Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to conduct crackdowns in the “glass house” area near Yongsan Station and on Itaewon’s infamous Hooker Hill.

A Yongsan police spokesman said Tuesday they should start raiding brothels shortly after the Chuseok holidays this weekend.

“We expect efforts to clear up the prostitution this time will be a lot tougher and stronger than ever before,” the spokesman said.

“The Central Police Agency is determined to root out the prostitution.”

The spokesman said U.S. troops should avoid the areas to keep from getting caught up in the upcoming raids.

U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Dave Palmer said the command has received no official warning of the planned crackdowns.

“We obviously support any initiatives [the police] come up with,” Palmer said. “We’re happy they’re taking action.”

Police said riot squads, normally used to put down illegal protests, will take up the work of closing down brothels and illegal gambling operations as the summer protest season winds down.

Brothel owners have already struck back after a series of raids in the Dongdaemun area put many out of business. On Monday, some owners released a list of police officers they claim have taken bribes, and threatened to release more names if the crackdowns continue.

Police said Tuesday that they welcome the list as an opportunity to weed out corruption.

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