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Six survivors speak out about New Zealand’s punishing “sex” industry

first_imgWriting by Renee blog 6 June 2017 (a very good blog to check out)Family First Comment: Harrowing accounts of the reality of prostitution – begging the question “What were the politicians thinking??!”SarahAs a 16 year old street worker Anna Reed certainly never tried to help me, even though I was under age and going to the NZPC on a weekly sometimes even daily basis. If anyone need help it was me. I never agreed with her push to have prostitution decriminalized. I refused to sign her petition (at then 19 years of age I could see what she clearly could not, or would not) while she was traipsing round the brothels pushing her agenda, and yes I believe she has her own agenda based on her own world view. Prostitution is the result of the dysfunctional break down of the moral fabric of our society and it will destroy our country just as it is destroying our world. The rape and murder that has occurred on Manchester street alone since it was decriminalized should speak volumes. Was it worth it? The promise of tax write off lipstick and handbags?Sabrinna Valisce, excerpt from The Evidence Against Prostitution that the New York Times Ignored, published on TruthdigI worked pre- and post-law reform. The Prostitution Reform Bill passed into law to become The Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) in 2003. The good part of it was that the threat of a criminal record was removed. This would happen under The Nordic Model also. I volunteered at the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC), so I was [able to compare our decriminalization] goal … to the results. I, and others who were agitating for decriminalization in New Zealand, we always wanted the power to be placed firmly in the hands of the prostituted person/sex worker. Decriminalization didn’t do that. The power went to the brothel owners, escort agency owners and johns. Immediately following the PRA, the pimps became legitimate businessmen. They introduced “All-Inclusive.” An “All-Inclusive” is a single fee paid by the john to the brothel/escort agency via the receptionist. This means that the prostituted person/ sex worker has no power of negotiation. It also means that the pimp decides her earnings (most are women). The pimps gained the power to decide what a “service” would be paid and how much of that belonged to them. They also gained the power to withhold the woman’s earnings or even deny any existence of those earnings.ChelseaIt used to be that men knew the sex they did to us was unwanted, that we just needed the money. This didn’t make them feel like helping us out with some money and leaving without raping us, but it did make them feel at least a little bit guilty about exploiting us, which made them treat us a little bit gentler, and they aimed to get their jollies and leave a little faster with a little less inconvenience to us.Increasingly, with the current decriminalization legislation and pro sex-work propaganda saturating the media, more men are convincing themselves that we are having consensual sex with them, and charging them not for any hard work nor for any victim compensation, but only because we can. This makes men feel ripped off, “if we are two consenting adults why do us men have to pay while she just collects?” It makes them even more angry, more violent. – They are expecting more and more, and willing to pay less and less….….If we had decent careers which payed at minimum a living wage, free from sexual harassment where we received equal pay for equal work to men – We would not be letting you touch us. If we lived in a society where we were treated as full human beings with full human rights – We would not be letting you touch us. If we were not oppressed through sexism and classism and often racism as well – We would not be letting you touch us! We would be having sex ((or not having sex) with those people we are sexually attracted to and interested in, and only those people, for *our* pleasure and fulfilment not just *theirs*. I don’t know any woman who’s own personal sexuality drives her to be with a succession of strangers, catering to these strange men’s desires while struggling to uphold the very minimum of safety precautions, until we are sore, raw, swollen, chaffing, and torn. This is not consent, this is coercion. This is not sex work, this is rape. This is economic exploitation. This is women’s oppression.No, we are not ripping the men off by charging them for consensual sex.No, decriminalization of johns and pimps has not improved our safety or lives.No, we are not satisfied with a Prostitutes’ Collective that merely dispenses condoms, we need real support services, we deserve more from our country.READ MORE: https://reneejg.net/2017/06/06/six-survivors-speak-out-about-new-zealands-punishing-sex-industry/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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South Africa returns $15 million to Nigeria

first_imgRelated South Africa Elections Coverage NBA’s Africa Game returns to South Africa The South African government has reportedly returned $15 million to the Nigerian government. The South African government has reportedly returned $15 million to the Nigerian government.The South African border authorities had on September 5, 2014 seized $9.3 million meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military, from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived the country in a private jet. CCTV’s Angelo Coppola reports. Nigeria overtakes South Africa to Become Africa’s Largest Economylast_img read more

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Ernie Martin

first_imgErnie Martin will race at Boone in a Modified that’s already had IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s success. (IMCA Photo) The Troy, Pa., pilot has crewed for other drivers in his first four trips to Super Nationals. While he’s raced for 20-plus years, this will be the first time he raced at Boone.  BOONE, Iowa – An IMCA Modified that’s racked up its share of feature wins in the Empire State returns to Boone Speedway and the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s this week.  “This car has won a lot of races. It has a strong history in New York State,” said Martin, wheeling for owner Rich McNeal. “It would be phenomenal for me to come out here and be competitive.” center_img “Nothing else compares to racing at Super Nationals. This is something I’ve wanted to say I’ve been to and done,” he explained. “Nothing else compares to this.” Ernie Martin will drive the Victory Chassis formerly piloted by Dale Caswell and Chris Fleming, the latter of whom drove it into the Saturday show seven years ago.last_img read more

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Wenger dismisses Draxler reports

first_imgArsene Wenger has described reports that Arsenal are closing in on a £37million move for Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler as an “illusion”. The Gunners are said to have made a renewed bid for German international Draxler as they seek to complete a deal before the transfer window closes. But Wenger, speaking after Friday night’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Coventry, denied a deal will happen. “That is an illusion. There is nothing happening, honestly no,” Wenger said. “We don’t need to take players on the flanks – we have 17 players on the flanks.” Wenger responded to criticism from Jose Mourinho on Friday by stating the Chelsea boss is entitled to his opinion. Mourinho declared that Wenger “complaining is normal, because he always does” after the Frenchman described the Blues’ sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United as unfair. The Portuguese also highlighted what he views as the Gunners’ favourable fixture list. “Look at Christmas and you tell me who had the best fixtures,” Wenger said. “We played on Sunday against Everton, on Wednesday in Naples and on Saturday morning at Man City. So we do have not the same assessment on that front. “What I said was not a complaint, it has nothing to do with Chelsea. It was just a suggestion of do you think it is right or wrong. “Everybody is free in life to have his opinion about people. I never speak about people. I speak about facts and ideas. Never about people.” Wenger had previously suggested Mata’s transfer was unfair as Chelsea have already played United twice this season and will not have to face Spaniard this term, unlike other title contenders. Wenger said on Friday night: “If we have a chance it is down to our performances. Only about that. That is what we have to focus on. “I was asked a question, I gave an honest answer. I am still naive enough to believe people are more interested in the ideas than about creating conflicts. But no, this is an illusion.” Lukas Podolski struck twice as Arsenal cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Coventry, while Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla also scored. “Podolski can score goals. When you have a good chance you want him to have it because he is a clinical finisher,” Wenger said. “He has an unbelievable short and quick backlift and he is very accurate in his finishing. “He can score goals when he starts, when he comes on he is always dangerous.” Coventry manager Steven Pressley felt his Sky Bet League One club acquitted themselves well in defeat “I was exceptionally proud of that performance. I asked the players to be brave in possession and they truly were,” Pressley said. “Being 2-0 down at the Emirates it’s easy to go under, but we got after them and forced them back and were the more likely team to score. “In the end Arsenal’s quality shone through, they tired us out in the last 10 minutes. In the end 4-0 was harsh. We left nothing out on the pitch.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Australia announce squad for One-Day International (ODI) series vs India

first_imgSydney: Australia made several changes to their squad ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series against India which starts later this month.Veteran pacer Peter Siddle, Test team regulars Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon have been recalled to the ODI squad.Siddle, who last represented Australia in ODIs in 2010 will be joined by young pacers Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Billy Stanlake in a new-look attack.Batsmen Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott, and all-rounder Ashton Agar have been axed from the squad while pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been rested. Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has also been left out due to a minor niggle in his lower-back.The three-ODI series will be played on January 12, 15 and 18.Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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Exco approves six match suspension for Referee J.A Amenya

first_imgThe GFA Executive Committee has approved the Match review panel’s recommendation to suspend Referee J.A. Amenya for six matches with effect from Match day 20 of the First Capital Plus Premier League.In the Premier League Match day 14 game between Olympics and Hearts of Oak, Referee Amenya denied Hearts of Oak a penalty in the 11th minute of the first half when an Olympics defender fouled a Hearts of Oak attacker in the penalty box.The said match was played on at the Accra Stadium on 26th April, 2015.–last_img read more

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On A Roll: Pitt beats Wake Forest 80-65 to stay unbeaten in ACC

first_imgPittsburgh’s Talib Zanna, left, goes over Wake Forest’s Travis McKie for a dunk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The last time Pittsburgh started its conference schedule with three consecutive wins was its 2010-11 season as a member of the Big East. The Panthers did it again by beating Wake Forest Saturday 80-65, but this time it was in Pitt’s first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.The 2010-11 year saw the Panthers attain a No. 1 ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament where they were upset by Butler in the Round of 32. Butler advanced to the National Championship game that season.Three years later, Pitt (15-1, 3-0 ACC) is yet to crack the Top 25 but has started its season nearly perfect behind the leadership of seniors Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna.“I think we aren’t getting the respect we should,” Zanna said. “We’ve just got to keep playing hard and keep winning.”Zanna recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The center from Kaduna, Nigeria shot 5 of 8 from the field and blocked four shots while defending the bruising Devin Thomas.“I think we, me and Lamar, need to step it up from now on,” Zanna said. “This is conference play, this is really important to us, it’s our last year.”Patterson, who has drawn rave reviews from multiple opposing coaches, left a similar impression on Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik.“I’m not saying he’s the elite player in the league but he certainly is one of the elite players in the league,” Bzdelik said. “I think he’s very under-the-radar in terms of how good he is.”“They have a great leader who can score in a variety of ways. He’s tough and gritty and experienced.”Patterson’s game Saturday was quite above the proverbial radar as he led all scorers with 27 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season. Patterson made 10 of 17 field goals and also recorded six assists and five rebounds.Behind Patterson and Zanna, the Panthers are playing what Patterson calls “Pitt basketball.” Or, unselfish, hard-nosed basketball.“A lot of the leadership comes from Lamar and Talib,” sophomore point guard James Robinson said. “They are our senior leaders. While both are scoring a lot, they are two of the most unselfish players.”“Both of them are passers and that creates more open shots. The other teams know that they are capable passers.”Patterson leads the team in assists at 4.5 per game, while head coach Jamie Dixon says Zanna has made an adjustment to his game that’s created more space for Pitt’s offense to work effectively this season.“It seems that teams are digging down whenever we go in the post to him,” Dixon said. “He needs to pass out of it first, and once they start staying tighter to their man, he can look to go attack the rim.”Behind the example set by Zanna defending ball screens, Dixon said the Panthers were able to hold Wake Forest’s scoring threats on the perimeter to below-average games.“Talib and the big guys especially did a good job of that,” Dixon said. “That really set the tone for us in the game.”Just as the seniors set the tone, they have also done so for this entire season where the Panthers feature five returning players but also six new ones.“We are just playing Pitt basketball right now,” Patterson said. “We want to grind teams out and see if they can last throughout the whole 40 minutes with us. So far we are going well but we have a lot of games left.”last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: ‘Lie she a tell!’ – JLP supporters deny Brown Burke’s claim of intimidation

first_imgVoters at the Mountain View Primary School, in the Eastern St Andrew constituency,  have refuted claims made by PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke that PNP indoor agents at the polling station have been intimidated. JLP supporters blocked the gate and denied Brown Burke entrance to the polling station. “A lie she a tell, no gun man no hold them up. Look how much police and soldier deh ya , if dat did happen dem wudda do something bout it,” a JLP supporter told The Gleaner. Other JLP supporters demanded that Brown Burke leave the polling station. “She needs to leave, she just come to make mischief,” another JLP supporter said.last_img read more

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Holder backs WI to overcome slump

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Captain Jason Holder said he remained hopeful West Indies would survive their current rocky period and emerge a better side, after watching them crash to a 72-run defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.Chasing 244 for victory on the final day at the P Sara Oval, the visitors were dismissed for 171 in their second innings, after resuming on 20 for one.The defeat handed them a 0-2 loss in the series and extended their dismal record of never having won a Test on Sri Lankan soil in the 25-year history of bilateral series between the two teams.Holder, in his first series as Test captain, said the side was an inexperienced one and still developing, but, once they remained united, possessed the ability to turn their fortunes around.”It (series) is a good gauge to see where we are at. Again, we’re a very young side. This is probably the second or third series we’ve had with this bunch of guys and the guys are getting a feel for international cricket,” Holder told a post-match media conference.”It is important now that we just keep learning and learning as quickly as possible. It is not every day we’re going to be at the same stage in life. We need to keep progressing and looking for ways to get better.”In going forward, we just need to keep building, not giving up but keep fighting as a team. Sticking together is very, very important and we will get through this phase. I have full confidence in the guys to get through this stage and we will be better.”West Indies appeared on course to defy their poor record in Sri Lanka when Darren Bravo and opener Shai Hope guided them up to 80 for one at the first drinks break.However, Hope fell for 35 to the fifth delivery following the resumption and West Indies steadily declined to be all out half-hour before tea for 171.Bravo top-scored with 61, but he and Hope were the only two batsmen to pass 20.”At that stage (80 for one), we were pretty much in control then we lost wickets. Marlon (Samuels) came in under a little bit of pressure and couldn’t get out of the situation,” Holder explained.”We didn’t rebuild when he had to rebuild and Sri Lanka got on top of us with some very good bowling. They were applying some pressure on us and we gave into the pressure at that stage.”The Windies were undone by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who picked up four for 56 and off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with three for 25.Herath also proved the trump card for Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle with a 10-wicket haul and Holder said he had exposed deficiencies in the West Indies’ batsmen.”I wouldn’t say we have a difficulty facing spin. The nature of our wickets back home are not too far apart from the ones here in Sri Lanka,” he pointed out.”I just think our patience was lacking at certain parts of the innings and we probably didn’t trust our defence as long as we probably should’ve.”He added: “It is clear we need to work on our temperament. At times we have to be a lot more patient and know which phases of the game we have to hang in and which phases we can attack.”Sometimes we can look a little bit rash and sometimes we can look a little bit too defensive so we need to curb our aggression with defence and be a lot more selective.”SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st Innings 200WEST INDIES 1st Innings 163SRI LANKA 2nd Innings 206WEST INDIES 2nd Innings(overnight 20 for one)K Brathwaite lbw b Prasad 3S Hope st K Perera b Siriwardana 35D Bravo c Matthews b Herath 61M Samuels c Mathews b D Perera 6J Blackwood lbw b Siriwardana 4+D Ramdin c Mathews b Herath 10*J Holder lbw b Siriwardana 7K Roach lbw b Herath 13J Taylor c Siriwardana b Herath 1D Bishoo run out 0J Warrican not out 20Extras (b3, lb1, w1, nb6) 11TOTAL (all out, 65.5 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Brathwaite), 2-80 (Hope), 3-97 (Samuels), 4-102 (Blackwood), 5-124 (Ramdin), 6-125 (Bravo), 7-133 (Holder), 8-136 (Taylor), 9-138 (Bishoo), 10-171 (Roach)Bowling: Prasad 10-2-38-1 (w1, nb1), Pradeep 3-0-11-0 (nb1), Herath 19.5-3-56-4, D Perera 20-4-37-1, Siriwardana 13-1-25-3.Result: Sri Lanka won by 72 runs.Series: Sri Lanka won two-Test series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Milinda Siriwardana.Man-of-the-Series: Rangana Herath.Umpires: Simon Fry, Rod Tucker; TV – Marais Erasmus.last_img read more

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NEC Begins Voter Roll Exhibition Today

first_imgCllr. Jerome George KorkoyaThe National Elections Commission (NEC) will today commence the exhibition of the Provisional Voter Roll at all 2080 Exhibition Centers (formerly Voter Registration Centers) across the country.The exercise is part of the electoral schedule according to Article 9.2 of the Voter Registration Regulations in keeping with section 3.6 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.The Provisional Registration Roll is a compilation of names, photos, center codes, ages, and other information of individuals who registered during the voter registration period from February 1 to March 14, 2017.The key exhibition activities are confirmation of applicant’s information; inclusion, where the opportunity is given to an applicant or registrant to be included on the Provisional Registration Roll if erroneously omitted; correction, where recorded information of an applicant is allowed to be changed by correction to set the proper information for the particular applicant or registrant. The exhibition will also show objection to inclusion, wherein the chance is given to those who have proof or evidence that points to the ineligibility of an applicant or registrant to be maintained on a voter roll.Each Exhibition Center across the country will have two electoral workers, the Exhibition Officer and the Clerk, to assist registered voters in viewing their particulars and conducting the exhibition process.“There are also 416 Electoral Supervisors across the country to monitor and coordinate the exhibition activities at the 2080 centers. They are working under the supervision of the Assistants and Electoral Magistrates throughout the 15 counties,” a press release said.The NEC has urged all Liberians in possession of valid voter registration cards to take advantage of the exhibition period which runs from today, June 12, to Saturday, June 17. The centers are open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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