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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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Interns could benefit from growing Metro

first_imgOne of the major obstacles for students seeking internships and jobs in Los Angeles is the availability and accessibility of public transportation to and from the job location.Getting around · Increasing public transportation in the Los Angeles area could benefit students who intern around the city. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanFour out of five voters in Southern California are in favor of expansion of public transportation, according to a study released by the Southern California Association of Governments this month.Carl Martellino, executive director of the USC Career Planning and Placement Center, said increased access to public transportation would expand students’ internship and job opportunities.“The more transportation improves, the more opportunities for internships in different parts of the city could open up,” Martellino said.Expanded transportation would help alleviate the stress and time it takes students to travel to their internships, Martellino said.“Students are pretty adaptable and find ways to get to their internship or they figure out how public transportation could work,” Martellino said. “Part of this is because we are so centrally located, but the easier we can make the access the better it is going to be.”Catherine Burke, associate professor of public policy and a public transportation expert, said the current construction of new train lines, including the new Expo Line that will stop at USC, will benefit students seeking internships and jobs in Los Angeles.“The new train system near campus will be very helpful for students,” Burke said. “Students will be able to take the [Expo] Line up to Union Station, and then they will have access to all the other trains giving students access.”Burke, however, said the city needs to do more to expand Los Angeles’ public transportation system.“Los Angeles needs much more cost effective transportation so that they can run 24/7,” Burke said. “It would give students a lot more access than they realize.”Bridget McAnany, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said getting to her internship downtown would be difficult without public transportation.“Because I don’t have a car on campus, if I didn’t have access to public transportation, I wouldn’t be able to have a job,” McAnany said.Shakyra Moore, a sophomore majoring in business administration, takes the bus to her internship downtown as well. She said increasing public transportation in the city would help students with internships as well as other Angelinos.“Los Angeles is super spread out and there’s a lot of people here,” Moore said. “Not everyone wants to drive because of traffic. Even if I did have a car, it would probably take me longer to get down there than taking the bus would.”last_img read more

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Crusader scrimmage comes and goes…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The great thing about the Wellington football hamburger scrimmage is Wellington always wins.The annual inter-squad scrimmage between the offense and defense had a larger crowd than usual. That’s because the youth football teams was involved with the scrimmage.Wellington freshman Derek Driskell gets off some lengthy runs. Wellington Youth Football team plays at hamburger scrimmage. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago Great job. Involving middle school and youth football with the high school. Makes them feel like part of the program, which they are. GO BIG RED!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Posted in: Sports Wellington assistant John Gifford jokes with a parent and youth football player at scrimmage.last_img read more

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Golden Bears get victory on the run

first_imgThe Bears won 70-51 and will play UCLA, the top seed and defending Pac-10 Tournament champion, today at Staples Center. The Bruins swept the Bears during the regular season, winning 62-46 at Berkeley and 85-75 at Pauley Pavilion. “We’ve played UCLA tough,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “We had them at their place and gave up the lead. … We’re going to have to play good basketball to beat UCLA. Our team is capable. (UCLA) is solid and they rebound well.” Basketball is a game of runs, but Cal had such a dominating stretch in the first half that no Oregon State run mattered. Cal went on a 34-2 run in the opening game of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament Wednesday, and it should be no surprise the Beavers couldn’t rally from such an embarrassing stretch. Cal forward Ryan Anderson had 27points and 15 rebounds. He had 16 points in Cal’s pivotal run and made 5of 7 3-pointers and had 20 points (on 7 of 10 shooting) in the first half. He made 6 of 10 from 3-point range. “I have no comment about that scoring run in the first half, other than the fact that it was phenomenal shooting from space and depth that we hadn’t seen before,” Oregon State coach Jay John said. “Kudos to Cal.” Cal (15-16), the No. 8 seed, has struggled with injuries but had 20points from the bench. center_img The Bears don’t even have a full 24hours to prepare for today’s 2:30p.m. game against a rested UCLA team. Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka didn’t seem to mind. “We shot the ball well today,” Ubaka said. “We played great defense. I want to get back on the court as son as possible. I hope it carries over to (today).” Cal was down 13-6 to start Wednesday’s game, then went on that backbreaking run to build a 40-15 lead with about 31/2 minutes left in the first half. Oregon State’s Vojin Svilar then made a shot inside to end the run. Oregon State put together a run inthe second half and pulled to within eight points at 52-44 and had a chance to cut the deficit to five, but AngeloTsagarakis missed an open 3-pointer and Cal pulled away from there. Marcel Jones had 21 points for Oregon State. The Beavers ended the season with a 14-18 record. Also: Shon Tarver – who played at UCLA and is a former assistant coach at Cal State Northridge – was on hand to watch his younger brothers, Oregon State’s Seth and Josh Tarver. Josh Tarver led all Pac-10 freshmen in minutes per game and assists. jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615 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

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