Sarah Lawrence Cult Leader Convicted of Trafficking and Extortion

In 2010, Lawrence V. Ray moved into his daughter’s dormitory, gathered a circle of young followers around himself and began years of domination.

#extortion-and-blackmail, #human-trafficking, #prostitution, #ray-lawrence-v, #sarah-lawrence-college, #sex-crimes

Sarah Lawrence Cult Jury Hears From Key Witness: ‘I Became a Prostitute’

Claudia Drury offered an inside account of how, she said, Lawrence V. Ray controlled her and other college students.

#colleges-and-universities, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #prostitution, #ray-lawrence-v, #sarah-lawrence-college, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Comedy Undercut ‘The Life.’ Billy Porter Looks for Its Humanity.

The actor is directing an Encores! revival of the 1997 musical, updating it to confront hard truths about racism, poverty and carceral injustice.

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Sarah Lawrence Cult Trial Begins

Lawrence V. Ray was indicted after a New York magazine story uncovered his cultlike hold over his daughter’s college friends and others.

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How Sex-Trafficking Couple Gained Access to Women in Foster Care

A Bronx couple used foster care to exploit vulnerable young women, prosecutors and a woman who had been placed in their home said.

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Accused Leader in Sarah Lawrence Cult Case Is Set to Stand Trial

For about 10 years, Lawrence V. Ray abused and extorted a group of his daughter’s classmates at the college, prosecutors say.

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2 Men Sentenced in Sex-Trafficking Ring That Preyed on Teenage Girls

Five members of a family-run operation trafficked girls between Mexico and Queens and pushed them into prostitution.

#human-trafficking, #mexico, #police-department-nyc, #prostitution, #queens-nyc, #ross-allyne-r, #sex-crimes

Married Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking Adult Fost

Prosecutors in Manhattan say Kareem and Sharice Mitchell trafficked eight women, including two whom Ms. Mitchell had taken in as foster children.

#foster-care, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies Before Federal Grand Jury

The development suggests that the Justice Department may have secured a key witness in its child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz.

#gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel-1985, #house-of-representatives, #human-trafficking, #justice-department, #prostitution, #trump-donald-j

India’s Supreme Court Mandates Benefits for Sex Workers

Officials must enter them into databases for voting and benefits, the judges said, after they suffered from the effects of Covid-19 lockdowns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-trafficking, #india, #prostitution, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-of-india

Officer Is Charged With Protecting Prostitution Ring in Exchange for Sex

Prosecutors say Wayne Peiffer, a police officer in Brewster, N.Y., had women from sex-trafficking and prostitution rings brought to him at the police station.

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The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell

After the death of Jeffrey Epstein, what kind of justice is possible without him?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #human-trafficking, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Opens, With Epstein at Its Center

A prosecutor described Jeffrey Epstein and his longtime girlfriend and associate, Ms. Maxwell, as “partners in crime.”

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

As Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Begins, Epstein’s Shadow Looms Large

Ms. Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial in Manhattan, which starts on Monday, is widely seen as a proxy for the courtroom reckoning that her longtime partner never received.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

The Manhattan ‘Madam’ Who Hobnobbed With the City’s Elite

A new biography by Debby Applegate recounts the story of Polly Adler, who arrived in America from Russia at 13 and became New York’s most successful brothel owner, befriending mobsters, policemen, politicians and writers.

#adler-polly, #applegate-debby, #books-and-literature, #madam-the-biography-of-polly-adler-icon-of-the-jazz-age-book, #manhattan-nyc, #nineteen-hundred-twenties, #prostitution, #women-and-girls

Don’t Fully Decriminalize Sex Work

Readers argue against the full decriminalization of sex work. Also: Joe Manchin and Greta Thunberg; a parole in the Brink’s case; the value of college.

#american-council-on-education, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brinks-company, #colleges-and-universities, #covenant-house, #education, #human-trafficking, #manchin-joe-iii, #probation-and-parole, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #thunberg-greta, #united-states-politics-and-government

Li Yundi Is Detained in China on Suspicion of Prostitution

Li Yundi, a famous performer, was accused of soliciting a woman, state news outlets said. Officials often use such accusations against their enemies.

#celebrities, #china, #classical-music, #music, #prostitution, #reality-television, #yundi-li

This Is What Will Make Sex Work in New York Safer

Two bills are before the New York State Senate proposing to decriminalize sex work — only one truly helps the sex workers themselves.

#krueger-liz, #new-york-state, #prostitution, #salazar-julia-christine, #sex, #sex-education

Decriminalize Sex Work Now

Two bills are before the New York State Senate proposing to decriminalize sex work — only one truly helps the sex workers themselves.

#krueger-liz, #new-york-state, #prostitution, #salazar-julia-christine, #sex, #sex-education

‘Whore of New York’ Reflects on Sex, Love and Labor

In her new memoir, Liara Roux writes with an intimate, anthropological eye about her experiences as a sex worker.

#books-and-literature, #prostitution, #roux-liara, #whore-of-new-york-a-confession-book

What We Get Wrong About Online Sex Work

A debate on finding the line between exploitation and empowerment in the sex industry.

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OnlyFans Doesn’t Make ‘Sex Work’ Safe or Ethical

The company’s decision to reverse course on a proposed ban of “sexually explicit” content shows the power of pornography.

#computers-and-the-internet, #pornography, #prostitution, #women-and-girls

What’s the Best Way to Protect Sex Workers? Depends on Whom You Ask.

There are two competing bills in New York: One would punish pimps and customers, while the other would decriminalize the entire trade.

#human-trafficking, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #prostitution, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Lizzie Borden’s ‘Working Girls’ Is About Capitalism, Not Sex

While the 1987 drama takes place in a Manhattan brothel, its true concern is labor. (And it’s is definitely not to be confused with Mike Nichols’s rom-com.)

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A U.N. Declaration on Ending AIDS Should Have Been Easy. It Wasn’t.

Even with U.N.’s previous goals unmet, delegates tried to water down provisions regarding protections for vulnerable populations and patents for essential drugs.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #belarus, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #european-union, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #iran, #prostitution, #russia, #sex-education, #switzerland, #united-nations, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

OnlyFans Isn’t Just Porn ;)

Despite all assertions that the site isn’t powered by its sexual content, the platform is synonymous with porn. What is it really?

#2021-money-issue, #backpage-com, #computers-and-the-internet, #craigslist, #labor-and-jobs, #pornography, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #social-media

Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Part of Nationwide Shift

The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., moved to dismiss thousands of cases dating back decades, amid a growing movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to prostitution.

#loitering, #manhattan-nyc, #massage, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Korean Court Rejects Suit Against Japan Over Sexual Slavery

The decision contradicted an earlier court ruling in South Korea that said the Japanese government must compensate so-called comfort women.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #japan, #prostitution, #reparations, #slavery-historical, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.

Joel Greenberg, a former elected official in Florida, has been talking to federal investigators since last year about the conduct of Representative Matt Gaetz and others.

#florida, #gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel-1985, #human-trafficking, #justice-department, #mandatory-sentencing, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #united-states-politics-and-government

Making a Living at Financial Domination Online

The high-priced hustle of financial domination, where “pay pigs” send tributes to their cash masters.

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Matt Gaetz Faces House Ethics Inquiry on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The scope of the inquiry into the Florida congressman appeared to be exceedingly broad and overlap with an ongoing Justice Department investigation.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gaetz-matt, #house-committee-on-ethics, #house-of-representatives, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

The Matt Gaetz Investigation: What We Know

The Justice Department is said to be investigating the congressman’s encounters with women recruited online for sex and whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #florida, #gaetz-donald-j, #gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel, #human-trafficking, #justice-department, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Empty Amsterdam, Reconsidering Tourism

Before Covid-19, the city was packed with visitors. Now efforts to rein in the expected post-pandemic crowds are ramping up, but not without controversy.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coffeehouses, #prostitution, #travel-and-vacations

I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want

A year of isolation made me consider all the casual, unwanted touch women endure — and why it’s so hard to refuse it.

#prostitution, #sex, #sex-crimes, #touch-sense, #women-and-girls

Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83

She founded a group called COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and devoted her life to the cause of decriminalizing prostitution.

#deaths-obituaries, #prostitution, #san-francisco-calif, #st-james-margo-1937-2021, #womens-rights

Epstein Associate Jean-Luc Brunel Is Arrested in France

Jean-Luc Brunel was arrested at an airport near Paris by French authorities investigating possible sex crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.

#brunel-jean-luc-1946, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #france, #human-trafficking, #paris-france, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell, Charged in Epstein Case, Is Revealed

Ms. Maxwell, who fought to keep the deposition secret, repeatedly denied that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse young women.

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The Billionaire Who Stood by Jeffrey Epstein

Leon Black, whose $9 billion fortune could buy the best counsel in the world, paid at least $50 million to Mr. Epstein for advice and services after most others had deserted him.

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Charge That Maxwell ‘Groomed’ Girls for Epstein Is Central to Case

Prosecutors are relying on a theory that Ghislaine Maxwell slowly broke down the resistance of teenage girls to sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein.

#metoo-movement, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #farmer-annie, #maxwell-ghislaine, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Why Do People Think Scott Borgerson is Married to Ghislaine Maxwell?

A maritime expert surfaces in the proceedings against the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein.

#borgerson-scott, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

‘I Am Scared’: Italian Sex Workers Face Poverty and Illness In the Pandemic

Prostitution is not illegal in Italy, nor is it regulated as an official occupation. But the coronavirus has forced many sex workers to accept certain risks in order to avoid poverty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #human-trafficking, #italy, #politics-and-government, #prostitution, #quarantines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Ghislaine Maxwell Asks For Release as Lawyers Say She’s “Not Jeffrey Epstein”

In a new filing, Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers are seeking to distance her from her former partner.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-hampshire, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #strauss-audrey-attorney

‘Ghislaine Maxwell Is Not Jeffrey Epstein’: Maxwell Asks for Release

In a new filing, Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers are seeking to distance her from her former partner.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-hampshire, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #strauss-audrey-attorney

The ‘Lady of the House’ Who Was Long Entangled With Jeffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell’s yearslong involvement with Mr. Epstein, who faces charges of sex trafficking and abuse, has raised questions about what she may have known.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-york-city, #palm-beach-fla, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

Florida Court Will Hear Video Appeal in Robert Kraft Case

An appellate court will decide whether video evidence is admissible in the case against the New England Patriots owner. It was thrown out by a court in Palm Beach County, Fla., in May 2019.

#florida, #football, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #kraft-robert-k, #national-football-league, #new-england-patriots, #orchids-of-asia-jupiter-fla, #prostitution, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Prince Andrew and U.S. Prosecutor in Nasty Dispute Over Epstein Case

The spat over whether the prince is willing to help in a sex-trafficking inquiry escalated, with a top federal prosecutor effectively calling the British royal a liar.

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Amsterdam’s Red Light Zone Stays Shut as Rest of City Edges Open

Many Dutch professions went back to work in May, and most will return by July. But sex workers must wait until September — sending hundreds into poverty and forcing some to risk working in secret.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #netherlands, #prostitution, #workplace-hazards-and-violations