Why Amsterdam’s legal brothels are a brutal lesson for Britain – and NZ!

first_imgMailOnline 23 Nov 2012Thousands of other young Dutch girls, some  only 11 or 12 years old, are still in the power of the prowling gangs after a  controversial social experiment to legalise brothels. In a chilling parallel to the scandal  sweeping Britain’s towns and cities, where a multitude of girls have been lured  into sex-for-sale rings run by gangs, the Dutch pimps search out girls at school  gates and in cafes, posing as ‘boyfriends’ promising romance, fast car rides and  restaurant meals.The men ply their victims with vodka and  drugs. They tell them lies: that they love them and their families don’t care  for them. Then, the trap set, they rape them with other gang members, often  taking photos of the attack to blackmail the girl into submission. Befuddled, frightened, and too ashamed to  tell parents or teachers, the girls are cynically isolated from their old lives  and swept into prostitution. So dangerous are the gangs that the girls at  the safe house never venture out alone, and when they have a coffee together in  the back garden they are not allowed to talk about their past in case neighbours  overhear.Anything-goes Amsterdam has long been hailed  as a sex mecca. The red-light district attracts thousands of customers, many of  them tourists, who walk through alleys where half-naked prostitutes prance in  the windows of some 300 brothels illuminated with scarlet bulbs. A century ago, the brothels were banned to  stop the exploitation of women by criminal gangs of Dutch men. But gradually the  sex establishments crept back, with the authorities turning a blind  eye. In 2000, after pressure from prostitutes  (demanding recognition as sex workers with employment rights) and Holland’s  liberal intelligentsia (championing the choice of women to do what they wished  with their bodies), the brothels were legalised. The working girls got permits,  medical care, and now there are 5,000 in the red-light district. But things went badly wrong. Holland’s newly  legal sex industry was quickly infiltrated by street-grooming gangs with one  target: the under-age girl virgin who can be sold for sex.…Lodewijk Asscher, 38, a leading politician,  says: ‘Hard-line criminal behaviour is happening behind those windows. Girls are  physically abused if they don’t work hard enough. It is slavery, which was  abolished a long time ago in the Netherlands.’ He has championed new rules in Amsterdam’s  red-light district from January. Prostitutes will sign a register and the  minimum age for sex workers will be raised from 18 to 21, to try to stop girls  being forced to work by the gangs.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237170/Why-Amsterdams-legal-brothels-lesson-Britain-telling-truth-sex-gangs-race.htmllast_img read more

Douglas calls for togetherness in Portsmouth

first_imgLocalNews Douglas calls for togetherness in Portsmouth by: – March 29, 2012 Tweet 36 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Hon. Ian Douglas.Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency Ian Douglas has called on the fishermen in his community to collaborate with other businesses to enhance the sector.Douglas says a fish festival, a weekly fish Fridays and exhibition are just some ways the communities can come together to build the community.According to Douglas, there is a level of divisiveness in the community that must be addressed.“Try to collaborate with other persons in other business. You can collaborate with those in the yacht sector. The small restaurants can work with fishermen to purchase their products,” he advised.Douglas said there have been some setbacks but that should not deter any effort at moving forward.“All of us have a part to play in community building. Join forces, hold hands, don’t lose hope. He is suggesting that shares be sold to the members who are not involved in the sector.“This is a good way to build a strong business entity. Some of our Fisherfolk are getting old and there will come a day when our earning power will be reduced. I think you should get into a pension plan for fishermen,” he explained.He said the future of Dominica lies in the development of Portsmouth.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Walsh cool on Faugheen odds

first_imgRuby Walsh feels the bookmakers may have overreacted in cutting Faugheen’s Champion Hurdle odds following Saturday’s Ascot win. Press Association ” He has plenty of speed for an ex-point-to-point and bumper horse but he’s not coming off the Flat, he’s not a Listed, 100-rated Flat horse, he’s got a National Hunt background all the way so for a horse of that type he has plenty of speed,” Walsh told Racing UK. “He jumps better when he’s going quicker, we can get him more accurate but he’s going in the right direction. “Do I think he should be 2-1 favourite for the Champion Hurdle? No. I don’t think he did anything at Ascot that The New One, Hurricane Fly or Jezki couldn’t have done. He did exactly what all those would have done in that race. “From a punters point of view, he’s pretty skimpy odds but potentially he’s a very good horse. “That was two-miles-three but he dropped back to two miles at Punchestown last season no problem and was very impressive. “He has to improve a bit but I hope he’ll make up into a Champion Hurdle horse. The next day, wherever he goes will be another step, you have to keep improving through the season and there is a tendency for second-season novices to do that, like Jezki last season. “There’s no reason to think Faugheen will not do that when more tests are put in front of him.” center_img Walsh was nearly motionless in the saddle as Willie Mullins’ unbeaten star got his season off to a perfect start in the Coral Hurdle, but the jockey feels it was only what several other top quality hurdlers would have done. Stiffer tasks await Faugheen as the season progresses and although Walsh is of the belief his mount could be well up to mixing it with the best later in the campaign, he still has a bit to prove as yet. last_img read more

Arrest made in city tree torching

first_imgGLENDALE – Police on Wednesday said they arrested “the Grinch” who set fire to a 30-foot Christmas tree in a plaza behind City Hall because he was burned up about a parking ticket. Bruce Morrison, 52, of Glendale allegedly used an accelerant to set fire to the city’s Christmas tree Friday. The tree, which had been imported from the Pacific Northwest, had to be removed after limbs, electrical fixtures and decorations were destroyed. Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said city workers spend a lot of time each year decorating the tree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “They know it’s a symbol of happiness and fun and (the) joyful season, and for somebody to come and burn the symbol down, he’s obviously the Glendale Grinch,” Lorenz said. A witness saw Morrison run away from the burning tree and described the blue pickup truck he used to flee the area, police said. When information on the arson attack was later broadcast to police units, an officer thought the vehicle description sounded like a truck she had recently left a parking ticket on while it was parked in a red zone near City Hall. The owner was traced through the license plate information the officer took down and Morrison was arrested Wednesday. He was booked on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. City Councilman Ara Najarian was the master of ceremonies when the Christmas tree was lit with electric lights in early December. His two young sons flipped the switch to light the tree. “It was a very large tree, it was nicely decorated and it was the focal point … of our Christmas celebrations for the city,” Najarian said. “You couldn’t miss it.” The damage to the decorations and lighting on the tree are estimated at more than $4,000, but the value of the tree itself was not available Wednesday. The parking ticket would have cost Morrison about $45. “Unfortunately, he got a parking ticket, he was upset with the city,” Lorenz said. “Why he would be upset with the city because he parked in a red zone nobody knows.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Costa Ricas shark conservation record is a mixed bag observers say

first_imgWhen it comes to shark conservation, Costa Rica rarely shies away from the spotlight. In February, conservationists applauded as the country made headlines at the February meeting of theMemorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (MOS2), where international conservation measures spearheaded by Costa Rican delegates were formally ratified. But just a week before the meeting, Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís, was named Shark Enemy of the Year for his administration’s conservation policies.If this back and forth coverage seems paradoxical, it’s because it is, but according to international shark experts, so is Costa Rica’s shark conservation record.“It’s a mixed bag,” Sonja Fordham, president of the Washington-based nonprofit Shark Advocates International, told The Tico Times at the conservation meeting in February. “Costa Rica has probably done more than most other countries, but they still have these basic problems with the way they manage their fisheries.”Fordham said Costa Rica has been a regional leader in cracking down on shark finning, a practice where fishers cut off the fins of live sharks and throw them back into the ocean to die. The fishing method is designed to save room in the hulls of fishing boats for the more valuable fins but results in the killing of an unsustainable number of sharks.Costa Rica strengthened its ban on shark finning in 2012, and continues to support stricter regulations internationally.At the same time, Fordham pointed out Costa Rica’s blockage of shark protections at last year’s meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which regulates fisheries in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The resolution Costa Rica unilaterally blocked would have set maximum catch numbers for threatened hammerhead and silky sharks.“We are used to having these resolutions blocked by Japan, Korea or China,” Fordham said. “For the wider NGO community this was very disappointing.”Nicholas Dulvy, co-chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s shark specialist group, expressed similar concerns.“On one hand, they take a huge step to protect sharks internationally, but then they suppress very basic principles of fisheries management,” he said. “The right hand is doing one thing while the left does another.”This political flip-flopping has been on full display since Solís’ inauguration. Though Costa Rican delegates have continued to push for additional international protections for sharks, the government also promised fishing groups last year that it would not propose or support restrictions on any commercially viable shark species.Both Dulvy and Fordham noted that Costa Rica is not alone in its contradictory approach to shark conservation.“It’s very attractive for governments to not do anything and to provide unfettered access to fishing resources,” Dulvy said. “It is a challenge to get to sustainability, but if things stay the way they are now, there are going to be huge social problems.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen New government lionfish commission to take on invasive species Costa Rica government vows to no longer support international shark protections Fishing industry, conservationists both wary of Solís stance on shark protectionslast_img read more