It Takes a Village…to Traffic Girls

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Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods

Backpage accounts for about 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five Web sites that carry such ads in the United States, earning more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads, according to AIM Group, a media research and consulting company. It is now the premier Web site for human trafficking in the United States,according to the National Association of Attorneys General. And it’s not a fly-by-night operation. Backpage is owned by Village Voice Media, which also owns the estimable Village Voice newspaper.

Attorneys general from 48 states have written a joint letterto Village Voice Media, pleading with it to get out of the flesh trade. An online petition at has gathered 94,000 signatures asking Village Voice Media to stop taking prostitution advertising. Instead, the company has used The Village Voice to mock its critics. Alissa thought about using her real name for this article but decided not to for fear that Village Voice would retaliate.

Rape is rape (now, can somebody please tell the judges)

This is really bad…The judge overturned a 2-year sentence for 6 men that gang-raped 12-year-old girls. Not only that, he said the men had “positive good character” for confessing.

British judges free child rapists, say 12-year-old wanted sex

In March, six British soccer players confessed to gang-raping two 12-year-old girls and were sentenced to two years behind bars. But last week, an Appeal Court overturned the sentence, and all of the men were freed.

The reasoning? “The girls wanted to have sex,” said Lord Justice Moses, who was among the deciding judges. “And  they had pretty miserable, fleeting sex in a freezing cold park.”

Rape is rape  –  sign the petition to the FBI here

For 82 years, the FBI has defined “forcible” rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” This means that rapes using fingers or an object aren’t counted–as well as non-consensual anal and oral penetration. The rapes of men, boys and transgender people also fall outside the legal definition. What’s more, the emphasis on “forcible” means that other categories of rapes often aren’t counted, either: those of victims who were unconscious, unable to consent because of physical or mental disabilities, or those where drugs or alcohol were used to gain control over the victim.


Update: Grieving mother gets probation and community service

The grieving mother who was going to face 3 years in jail received probation and the possibility of a new trial:

Mother of boy killed by hit-run driver gets probation and community service

Nelson faced up to three years in jail on the charges, but Judge Kathryn
Tanksley instead gave her 12 months probation on each of two charges, vehicular
homicide and failure to use the crosswalk, but combined the two counts into a
year’s probation.

In addition, she was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

In an unusual move, Tanksley also offered Nelson a new trial, telling her
that if she is found innocent of the charges her record would be cleared.
Nelson’s lawyer David Savoy they would accept the judge’s offer.

As she left court, Nelson was clearly relieved that her sentence did not
involve jail time.

“I am walking out of here. I don’t think you could be more satisfied,” she

The judge said she had received letters of support for Nelson from across the
country, and the online group claims to have delivered 125,000
signatures on a petition in support of Nelson and to demand a crosswalk at the
site of the accident.

And – by the way – a Google search turned up articles with mother/mom in the title in the majority of cases.  

Raid on The Center for Women’s News in Mexico City

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Civil organizations and human rights defenders in Mexico condemn the raid on the offices of CIMAC, a Women’s News Agency based in Mexico City. We demand of the government authorities to investigate this attack, as well as the one that occurred
three years ago, so that these attacks do not remain unpunished.

* What we demand: *

1. That the Attorney General of the Federal District perform an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to punish those
responsible for the raid on the premises and theft of working material for our journalistic work in the defense of women’s human rights and the freedom of expression of all, which took place last May 20, 2011.

2. To resume research on the attacks three years ago and ensure that such acts do not go unpunished.

3. To be implemented as soon as the security measures required for CIMAC members, as well as to safeguard his office.

* The facts:*

The undersigned civil society organizations condemn the raid on the premises of the Information and Communication Organization for Women (CIMAC) on May 20, 2011.

On the morning of that day, unidentified persons broke violently in the office and stole two computers from the administrative area
with accounting information, two computers for drafting news agency, the Web master CPU, a video camera, audio recorders and some monitors in addition to documents from all areas were checked and found out of place.

The CIMAC team placed a complaint with the Attorney General of the Federal District (PGJDF) that was registered in the
preliminary FCH/CUH-6/T2/00948/11-05. The team also places the complaint before the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City.

It is noteworthy that three years ago CIMAC suffered a similar attack was reported (with file number FCH/CUH6-T2/1195/08-7) to the PGJDF but went unpunished upon the closure of the case three months after the facts.

* What is CIMAC**

*CIMAC is known for doing journalism with a gender perspective, report violations to the Human Rights of Women and defend
freedom of expression and the work of Human Rights Defenders, as well as doing research on trafficking of women, children and adolescents.

We cannot rule out that these attacks on their facilities are related to the work done by CIMAC, so it is critical that the PGJDF conduct a thorough investigation of the facts, putting the link CIMAC work done in the advocacy human rights and the assaults.
Also, we are concerned that the lack of a diligent investigation by the authorities responsible for the raid occurred three years ago, has become an incentive for the perpetrators, which allows these events continue to occur. We recall that a greater risk impunity
for human rights defenders are violated and inhibits its advocacy work for human rights.

Lucía Lagunes Huerta
General Coordinator