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

Barkley, Woods look stellar on offense

first_imgUSC coach Lane Kiffin described Thursday’s practice as “uneventful,” but apparently sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods didn’t get the memo.Dynamic duo · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley has found a new favorite target in sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods this spring. – Stephanie Guo | Daily Trojan Woods punctuated a fine day on the field with an acrobatic leaping catch in the back corner of the end zone on a perfectly thrown fade pass by junior quarterback Matt Barkley. The Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year made plays all over the field, and involved in almost every offensive play.“Two guys that shined on offense were Barkley and Woods,” Kiffin said. “They had great days, nothing new on that.”Throughout the spring, Woods has remained Barkley’s favorite receiver, and if the spring is any indication, his hard work is indeed paying off.For more evidence, look no farther than Saturday’s scrimmage, where Barkley and Woods looked in sync all day, hooking up 10 times for 65 yards.Although Woods’ big-play ability was a hallmark of his freshman season, he has put in the time and effort trying to hone his all-around game.Questions about who will get  the backup quarterback spot are slowly being answered by redshirt freshman quarterback Jesse Scroggins.“Jesse Scroggins had another good day, continues to develop and it’s exciting to see,” Kiffin said. “[He’s] improved everything: his accuracy, decision-making and command of the huddle. He still has a long way to go with the huddle, like any freshman would, but he’s made a lot of strides.”Scroggins is battling fellow freshman quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek for the No. 2 spot behind Barkley on the depth chart.The USC receiving corps continues to be plagued by dropped passes. The number of drops has been rising, across the entire receiving corp.The USC offense is reliant on solid all-around receiver play, especially with the defenses expected to key on Woods after his breakout year last fall.Sophomore tight end Christian Thomas came down with an apparent foot injury Thursday and was sent to the locker room for x-rays, but they came back negative.With all of the injuries at linebacker, new blood was required to fill in and one person specifically caught the attention of Kiffin.“The guy that has jumped out has been Hayes Pullard,” Kiffin mentioned. “He’s doing really well, and it’s good to see since he was banged up last year. He really didn’t show us much last year, but he had a good offseason and he looks really good out there.”Although the coaching staff was pleased with Pullard’s play, USC has yet to find somebody to fill in for an inexperienced offensive line.USC coach James Cregg is trying to replace three starters, including potential top-10 pick Tyron Smith.The depth of the Trojans has been a strength in previous seasons, but has been hard-pressed because of injuries and sanctions.last_img read more