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Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On

In 2015, the words "Netflix" and "Porn" went hand in hand for the  documentary film  Hot Girls Wanted , The extr...

lunedì 30 gennaio 2012

Surviving The Sex Trade


A look at how human trafficking victims fare in life and love after surviving the sex trade.
Samantha* is 30 years old. She is a makeup artist, a nanny, a professing Christian and an advocate against human trafficking. This cause is near and dear to her heart because she has been there herself. At the age of 24, she wandered into what she thought was a job interview in Southern California and ended up being drugged, beaten, raped, and forced to work in the commercial sex industry.
As horrifying as this sounds, her story is not an isolated incident. Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide, and the United Nations has found evidence of it in 80 percent of the countries around the world. President Obama recently declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in response to some rather staggering statistics:
The Not For Sale Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to ending modern-day slavery, estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked in the United States each year, with 30 million enslaved around the world. The U.S. Department of State reports that 80 percent of all trafficking victims are women and children that have been forced into the commercial sex trade, just as Samantha was. Yet, Samantha is a survivor and does not want that part of her life to define her anymore. It happened six years ago, and now she is free. Just like other women her age, she is searching for the right career as well as the right partner to one day spend her life with.
When I think about Samantha dating after all that she has been through, it strikes me how difficult it must be for her to open up and learn to trust again. She is willing to try, however—and her healing process has already been an incredible journey. It all began with one man who wandered into the club where she was stripping. It was this man's love and support, in combination with the counseling she received at a nonprofit organization called Treasures, that gave her the courage and strength to change the course of her life.
But before I go any further, I should tell you her story. It's heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time.
Samantha moved to Los Angeles when she was 24. Her dream was to have a successful modeling career, and she began pursuing her goal by attending casting calls that were advertised in the area. In the midst of her job hunt, she was contacted by a "modeling agency" that was interested in representing her.
Once she arrived at the photo shoot, they gave her some drinks, asked her to take a few topless shots, and then asked for her identification so that they could make copies for her file.
Everything after that, she says, is a blur.
These men had drugged her drink, and then proceded to beat and sexually assaulted her. Over the next few months, they forced her to work in the porn industry, and withheld all of her identification unless she did exactly what they said. They also threatened to send the topless photos they had taken to her family and friends if she wasn't cooperative.
It all came to an end one day while driving through the streets of Hollywood with her captors. "I started throwing one of my usual temper tantrums," she said. "I can be very strong willed, and very obnoxious when I went to be. And that day, my captors finally reached their limit and decided I wasn't worth dealing with anymore."
Samantha said they got angry, dropped her off in front of a strip club, and told her to fend for herself. She never saw them again after that, but she also had no money and nowhere to go. She went inside the club, asked if she could dance, and thus began the next phase of her life.
"I hated every minute of it," she said. "I kept telling myself I was going to stop stripping, but in reality, I didn't know how."
Her journey out of the sex industry and into the life she now leads today began, perhaps surprisingly, with two inanimate objects: The first was a cross necklace, and the second was a magazine.
Samantha was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and often wore a dangling cross hanging around her neck while she stripped. She saw it as a form of protection and comfort. One night, a group of men came into the club for a bachelor party, and one of them noticed her necklace. He asked her why she was wearing it, and after listening to her answer, he wrote his phone number down on a piece of paper.
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'I Was Drugged And Forced To Do Porn': Surviving The Sex Trade By Christy Krumm posted 


venerdì 27 gennaio 2012

Porno online: 8 milioni di italiani


In Italia sono circa 8 milioni gli utenti di porno online, ma di questi almeno 800mila sono minorenni. L'ultima fotografia - a nostro parere al ribasso - scattata da Audiweb Nielsen per il dipartimento di Patologia clinica dell'Università di Padova appare preoccupante.
"Sono circa 800mila i minori italiani appassionati di siti web pornografici, il 6% ha tra i 14 e i 18 anni e il 4% addirittura meno di 13 anni", ha dichiarato l'endocrinologo andrologo Carlo Foresta all'Adnkronos Salute. Il tema è delicato e non è un caso che si sia deciso di affrontarne ogni dettaglio durante il convegno "La sessualità multimediale nei giovani: nuove forme e nuove patologie", previsto il 27 gennaio a Padova.
L'indagine si è concentrata sui dati di novembre, che hanno rilevato circa 27 milioni di utenti online assidui. Il dato eclatante non è tanto che il 30% ha frequentato siti porno, ma che una consistente parte di audience sia composta di giovani. Pare infatti che sotto i 13 anni si passino circa 3 ore al mese sui siti pornografici, dopodiché tra i 14 e i 18 anni la soglia raggiunge le 7,5 ore di media. Per altro confrontando i risultati Audiweb con le analisi Ipsos i dati statistici sono risultati ancora più alti sotto il punto di vista dei tempi di fruizione.
"Si tratta nel 75% dei casi di maschi, che assicurano di non temere le molestie online, ma si dicono più preoccupati dalla precocità dei primi rapporti e dal pericolo di contrarre malattie sessualmente trasmesse", ha aggiunto Foresta. "Si tratta di un fenomeno preoccupante, anche perché dalle risposte dei ragazzi a una serie di quesiti emerge anche come si sottovalutino i rischi legati alla rete".
Il fenomeno del sexting poi è dilagante. "In generale sappiamo che il 35% dei ragazzi italiani dice di ricevere o inviare messaggi hot via cellulare anche a perfetti sconosciuti", ha rincarato il professore."Il 17% racconta di aver avuto rapporti intimi con persone conosciute online".
Insomma, il mondo degli adulti vive in un altro pianeta, fatto di sublimazione sessuale e (apparenti) pudori. Alla domanda sul perché si attuino tali comportamenti i giovani però hanno una risposta. "Spiegano di divertirsi, ma dicono anche che Internet li aiuta a superare la timidezza e a conoscere altre persone. C'è anche chi cerca relazioni extra rispetto al rapporto che sta vivendo, e chi un tipo di sesso originale", ha concluso Foresta.
Ancora una volta la responsabilità totale è del mondo adulto. Ma qui il discorso si fa complesso: tra società consumistica, modelli familiari saltati in aria, crisi dei valori e complessità della società in cui viviamo. Un tempo c'era la scoperta del porno attraverso qualche giornaletto, oggi i terabyte di YouPorn. Inevitabili gli effetti collaterali.

Porno online: 8 milioni di italiani, di cui 800mila giovanissimi 25 gennaio 2012


Operazione Fabulinus, pedoporno su Emule


È stata soprannominata Fabulinus, dal nome della divinità romana protettrice dei bambini. Una nuova operazione di contrasto alla proliferazione in Rete di materiale pedopornografico, in particolare attraverso il network eDonkey e il noto client di file sharing eMule.

La Polizia Postale di Palermo - con la supervisione del Servizio di Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni di Roma - ha così effettuato più di 30 perquisizioni "locali, personali ed informatiche" in 13 regioni italiane, tra cui Campania, Lazio, Liguria e Lombardia.

In manette sono finite 6 persone, sul totale di 31 soggetti denunciati dalla Polizia Postale siciliana per detenzione e distribuzione a mezzo P2P di una "ingente quantità di materiale pedopornografico". Sequestrati migliaia di supporti informatici (CD, DVD, pennette USB) contenenti video e foto di abusi sui minori.


Come annunciato dalla stessa Polizia Postale di Palermo, i dispositivi potranno essere utili all'identificazione fisica dei minori coinvolti. L'Operazione Fabulinus era stata avviata circa un anno e mezzo fa con un'attenta fase di monitoraggio delle reti sfruttate dagli utenti di eMule.

Operazione Fabulinus, pedoporno in manette 27 gennaio 2012


lunedì 23 gennaio 2012

Porno, droga e alcol: gli adolescenti si divertono cosi'


Per sentirsi parte di un'unica comunita e più adulti, i ragazzi, soprattuto minorenni, bevono, fumano e acquistano materiale pornografico.

Nonostante per la categoria più sensibile (13/16 anni) il tutto sarebbe vietato, quasi il 53% dei ragazzi, intervistati in un'indagine del Moige dalla Sapienza, dichiara di fumare e bere abitualmente e di guardare, da soli o in compagnia, film porno.

Un'altro dato che fa riflettere è anche il numero di ragazzi che gioca d'azzardo: 3 su 10, infatti, hanno dichiarato di aver scommesso del denaro.

"Esistono divieti all'accesso, nonostante questo assistiamo a comportamenti a rischio, che aumentano il legame tra i coetanei e danno ai ragazzi l'impressione di sentirsi adulti", ha commentato la presidente del Moige, Maria Rita Munizzi.

Porno, droga e alcol: gli adolescenti si divertono cosi' 19/1/2012


domenica 15 gennaio 2012

How Women are Psychologically and Economically Coerced Into Porn


Defending pornography as a choice made by consenting adults simply expressing their sexuality is a justification which ignores the fact that for many women, the poverty they face is so great, and their options are so limited, that the sale of their bodies becomes their only recourse for survival.  Also, let’s pretend for a minute that getting into prostitution is a genuine choice, even within the context of a culture which presents sexual exploitation as power and liberation.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t be raped, that you can’t be abused, within the industry itself.
You sign up to have sex for money, to take naked photographs, whatever; this does not automatically mean you sign up for being abused, humiliated, degraded, beaten, choked, slapped, raped – it’s a contiguous industry, you don’t step right into hardcore or gonzo porn.  You start out stripping, you’re recruited into porn, which starts out pretty vanilla, but the money’s not as good as you thought, and it’s presented like a promotion, and so you lower your boundaries more and more.  Various studies have put the number of porn stars and sex workers with post-traumatic stress between 75 and 90%.  Ever seen Deep Throat? I have, a lot of people have.  But the actress, Linda Lovelace, has been quoted as saying that she was forced, often at gunpoint, to perform in porn, and that anytime someone watched Deep Throat they are very literally watching her being raped.  She’s not an isolated case, either; a huge number of sex workers were sexually abused as children, they are horribly physically abused; they suffer from dissociative disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, and a higher than average suicide and murder rate (see this chart).  But it is commonly expressed in studies of mostly men’s response to prostitution and pornography that once you have purchased the body, you have free reign to perform on it whatever acts you like, as though a woman is a couch or a table.  That once money has been exchanged there cease to be any boundaries that would make an action abusive or violent.  They just dissolve. We don’t treat animals that way, and yet here we are.
In addition to the economic pressures that might make prostitution of some kind seem like an attractive option for some women, we face social pressures which insist that we are in a post-feminist world in which women are now completely enfranchised, and in fact, have significant power over men, who are completely at the mercy of their sexual desires.  Obviously no genders are fairly represented in this paradigm, but it is there, and it is loud.  In the same way that women bought into the idea that their sexiness was empowering as long as it looked like pornography, so society bought the idea that pornographic sexiness is sexual liberation, when really it’s just another form of sexual oppression. And sexual liberation does not only mean that you love sex and think it’s great and want to have it all the time; it’s about the freedom to figure out your own sexuality without constraints from social scripts which validate one form of sexuality at the expense of others.  In our case, porn sexuality is validated and sold as empowerment, but in order to access that power you must be sexy in this one particular way which often includes breast implants, bleached hair, and high heels.
This is what is meant by the pornification of society: shirts with porn star on them in sparkly letters, padded bras and thongs in children’s sizes, playboy bunny logos on everything from jewelry to car seat covers, that ten-year-old French model.   The undertone of pornsex is very strong, and it is telling girls and women that empowerment is looking like a porn star, that being a porn star is glamourous.  Abigail Bray refers to it as the “gentrification of sex work”, which I think is a marvelous turn of phrase, but whatever you want to call it, more and more women are drawn or coerced or enticed or convinced into the porn industry. It often starts through ‘glamour modeling’ or stripping, and those women are often completely shocked by how degrading the work turns out to be.  It’s not fun and glamourous;  it’s humiliating.
The Activists Editorial Collective

Pornography Is Not a Choice for Any Woman: How Women are Psychologically and Economically Coerced Into Porn January 16, 2012



OPIUM NATION The Women's of Afghanistan's drug trade


In the summer of 2003, I met a girl in an Afghan town straddling the desert who would become an obsession for me. I knew her for only a few weeks, but those few weeks shaped the next four years of my life in Afghanistan.
What I remember most about her is her scared look, a gaze that deepened her otherwise blank green eyes. She was the daughter of a narcotics dealer who had sold her into marriage to a drug lord to settle his opium debt. Her husband was 34 years her senior, and even her threats to burn herself to death did not change her fate. A year after I met her, she was forced to go to a southern province as the wife of this man, a man who did not speak her language and who had another wife and eight children.
I met Darya on a quest to write a magazine story about the impact of the Afghan drug trade on women. Ghoryan, the Afghan district where she used to live, is two hours from the Iranian border and the people there make their living on opium transport.
In this vast district I met many men and women who were either victims or perpetrators in the worldwide multibillion-dollar drug trade, but none of them stayed in my heart as much as Darya. She had become a child bride and a servant, a casualty of the drug trade--an opium bride. Darya is a link in a long chain that begins on Afghanistan's farms and ends on the streets of London and Los Angeles.

Chasing Clues

In order to understand what happened to her, I had to understand the drug trade. I chased clues from province to province to find out who was behind the business; who its victims were; how it was impacting Afghans; and what the world and the Afghan government, were doing to stop it.
In the process of finding ways to deal with my demons, I wanted to tell the world that the Afghan drug trade provided funding for terrorists and for the Taliban, who were killing Americans and strengthening corrupt Afghan government officials whom the United States supported. A former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called the Afghan opium trade "a huge challenge" in the world. Americans and the British are directly harmed by it. Afghan heroin is a favorite among addicts because it's a potent form of heroin and increasingly available.
I spent 2000 through 2007 shuttling back and forth between Afghanistan and the United States, with detours to Iran and Pakistan. The majority of my time was spent traveling through Afghanistan. During that time, I witnessed the country's shift from a religious autocracy to a fragmented democracy and, finally, to a land at full-scale war.
The result of that war has been dependence on an illicit narcotics trade, without which the Afghanistan economy would collapse. For the opium trade is the underground Afghan economy, an all-encompassing market that directly affects the daily lives of Afghans in a way that nothing else does.
Ghoryan district, Darya's childhood home, is full of individuals and families with stories few have heard. The Afghan women who live there are not the weak, voiceless victims they are so often made out to be in the Western media. Since they see themselves as part of their family units, Afghan women rarely demand individual rights, as women, something uncommon in the West. During my time in Ghoryan, these women, including Darya, showed me just how powerful they were and how capable of overcoming their problems.
The effect of the opium trade in Ghoryan is very real. Yet Ghoryan is not the only place where the drug trade resides. In some places, the trade is destroying lives; in others, saving them. During my time in Afghanistan, I was drawn to cities and villages where some chose this illegal business while local warlords forced others to dive into it.
Opium is everywhere--in the addict beggars on the streets, in the poppies planted in home gardens, in the opium widows hidden from drug lords in neighbors' homes, in the hushed conversations of drug dealers in shops, in the unmarked graves in cemeteries and in the drug lords' garish opium mansions looming above brick shacks and mounds of dust.
The dust is a reminder of the destroyed land that opium money seems unable to transform into cement, asphalt or water.
Fariba Nawa, an award-winning Afghan-American journalist, covers a range of issues and specializes in immigrant and Muslim communities in the United States and abroad. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but has traveled extensively to the Middle East and South Asia. Reach her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Afghan Child Bride Traded to Pay Opium Debt January 15, 2012

Opium Nation, The Women's of Afghanistan's drug trade 27 Dicembre 2011


sabato 14 gennaio 2012

Pornography is Prostitution: Looking at Porn From a Human Rights Perspective


So today I’m wading into the seething morass that is the debate around pornography, both as an industry and as an increasing presence in our day to day lives (hint: they’re related! Gasp!).  Just to clear a few things up first:  Pornography is prostitution.  It’s the sale of sex in which the customer purchases a video of the sale of the body, instead of the body itself, which some have argued makes it infinite prostitution, prostitution that lives on after the performer is no longer a performer, or even no longer alive.  Secondly, while heterosexual porn for male consumption is certainly not the only form of porn, it is the overwhelming majority of what is consumed, and so much of my language, though I try to be inclusive, will reflect that.  Many of the studies in the book Big Porn, Inc, which was the impetus for this show, deliberately access the most mainstream selections as chosen by the Adult Video News’ bestselling and most-rented lists (So I can’t access or link to AVN from my computer because I’m writing from work, and it won’t let me at porn sites. Obv. But I could access CNBC, which has a slideshow of the top selling adult videos of all time. CNBC! If that’s not an example of pornification, damned if I know what is).
Also, this is not a discussion about sexual morality, it is about human rights.   And for that reason, this isn’t about being sex-positive or sex-negative, those are nonsense terms that are used to often to silence or undermine arguments against prostitution.  No one is suggesting that sex is bad, or that women shouldn’t be sexually liberated; this isn’t about sex, it’s about power and violence and poverty, and the conception of women’s sexuality as a commodity.  The third largest illegal trade in the world after arms and drugs is the sale of women (if you include all human trafficking, it becomes the second largest), and the legal trade in women, the global porn industry, was worth $96 billion in 2006 (1). Apparently that legal trade is seen as being valuable enough to the global economy – which it is, at 96 billion – that the US government gave its domestic porn industry a 5 billion dollar bailout in 2008-9. For real.  That’s the argument against prostitution and pornography, that the sale of women’s bodies is something we should be talking about ending, which involves having some uncomfortable conversations about the socio-economic circumstances that encourage women into prostitution, which includes pornography.
(1) Hawthorne, Susan. “Capital and the Crimes of Pornographers: Free to Lynch, Exploit, Rape and Torture.” 107 – 117 in Abigail Bray and Melinda Tankard Reist, Eds. Big Porn, Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry. Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 2011.

Pornography is Prostitution: Looking at Porn From a Human Rights Perspective January 15, 2012


venerdì 13 gennaio 2012

Lo scandalo dei preti pedofili in Germania


Un sacerdote cattolico ha ammesso oggi davanti a un tribunale tedesco di aver compiuto 280 abusi sessuali su tre ragazzi di età compresa tra i nove e quindici anni, a partire dal 2004. L’uomo è stato arrestato quest’estate dopo una denuncia della madre di una delle vittime, e rischia almeno sei anni di carcere. È l’ultimo caso delle molte centinaia di casi di abusi sessuali che hanno riguardato la chiesa cattolica tedesca negli ultimi anni.
Il sacerdote, a processo nella città di Braunschweig (Bassa Sassonia) nella Germania centrosettentrionale, è stato identificato unicamente come Andreas L., di 46 anni. Gli abusi sarebbero avvenuti nella stessa Braunschweig, dove il sacerdote era cappellano. L’uomo aveva un rapporto molto stretto con una vedova, che aveva un bambino di nove anni. È stato il bambino la vittima degli abusi, che sono continuati anche dopo che l’uomo è stato spostato da Braunschweig alla vicina città di Salzgitter. Il sacerdote passava spesso fine settimana con il bambino e lo portava con sè in brevi viaggi.
Quando la madre contattò la diocesi di Hildesheim, da cui dipende il sacerdote, e mostrò la sua preoccupazione per il rapporto tra proprio figlio e il sacerdote, all’uomo venne proibito dalle autorità ecclesiastiche ogni ulteriore contatto con il bambino. Lo stesso sacerdote ha detto che successivamente abusò di altri due ragazzi, in circostanze simili, che erano fratelli, ma che ritornò dalla prima vittima dopo che anche il contatto con questi gli venne proibito. A questo punto la madre si rivolse alle autorità, e il sacerdote venne arrestato nell’estate del 2011.
Secondo l’agenzia di stampa pubblica tedesca Deutsche Welle, un “numero record” di tedeschi ha lasciato la chiesa cattolica a causa della lunga serie di scandali sessuali che l’hanno colpita, un numero stimato in 180.000 nel 2010. La chiesa tedesca deve inoltre affrontare circa 600 cause di risarcimento a causa degli abusi, mentre il governo ha stanziato un fondo di 100 milioni di euro per fornire terapie di recupero per le vittime.

Continua lo scandalo dei preti pedofili in Germania 13 gennaio 2012


lunedì 9 gennaio 2012

Minorenni in Vendita


Ionela ha quindici anni e lavora come schiava del sesso. Questo è più o meno tutto quel che so di lei, ma mi basta e avanza: devo salvarla a tutti i costi. È stato un avvocato a darmi l’allarme, stamattina. Mi ha detto al telefono di essere stato contattato da una signora spagnola, una certa Peppi, preoccupata per la sorte di un’adolescente rumena rapita da una banda di trafficanti. Stando alle sue informazioni, Ionela è adesso in pugno a una famiglia di zingari, composta dalla madre, due figli e una figlia. All’inizio, se non ho capito male, questa madre, una ruffiana piuttosto avanti con gli anni, ha proposto a Ionela di ospitarla a casa propria, dato che i suoi genitori litigavano di continuo, per poi prenderla a lavorare con sé al mercato. In capo a tre mesi la babuska le ha annunciato: «vitto e alloggio non sono mica gratis. Mi sei già costata un sacco di soldi, è ora che mi ripaghi il tuo debito. I miei figli ti hanno trovato un lavoro in Turchia. Partirai domani». Una volta in Turchia, Ionela è stata picchiata e minacciata di morte, dopodiché si è piegata a fare ciò che le chiedevano: andare a letto con degli sconosciuti.
I. Matei


Iana Matei, rumena specializzata in sociologia, si è sempre occupata dei ragazzi di strada, fin da quando – costretta a fuggire dal proprio Paese alla fine del regime comunista – è emigrata in Australia e ha fondato l’organizzazione “Reaching Out”. Una volta rientrata in Romania, ha scoperto ben presto che anche lì c’erano “ragazze di strada” bisognose di assistenza, ragazzine di tredici-quattordici anni costrette a prostituirsi da organizzazioni criminali dedite al traffico di esseri umani. È questa la storia che l’autrice racconta nel suo libro Minorenni in vendita (ed. Corbaccio, 2011): un racconto che fa piazza pulita dei luoghi comuni sulle donne che battono il marciapiede perché non hanno voglia di lavorare, sul mestiere più vecchio del mondo e sulle “slave” che “certe cose ce le hanno nel sangue”. Per il suo impegno internazionale Iana Matei ha ricevuto nel 2006 il riconoscimento come “Eroina dell’anno” dal Dipartimento di Stato americano, nel 2007 ha ricevuto “l’Abolitionist Award” dalla Camera dei Lord inglese e nel 2010 è stata nominata «Europea dell’anno».

I. Matei (scritto in collaborazione con Anne Berthod), Minorenni in vendita, ed. Corbaccio, 2011, pp 240, euro 16,60.

Minorenni in vendita. Un libro sul traffico di esseri umani in Europa 3 gennaio 2012


mercoledì 4 gennaio 2012

Pedofilia, 15 mesi al vescovo canadese


In Canada un ex vescovo cattolico che ha ammesso di essere stato dipendente da materiale pedopornografico è stato condannato a 15 mesi di carcere, in parte condonati, e a 24 con la condizionale.
L'ARRESTO - Raymond Lahey era stato arrestato nel 2009 all'aeroporto di Ottawa perchè gli ufficiali della dogana avevano scoperto circa 600 foto pornografiche di ragazzi e bambini minorenni sul un computer e su un palmare. In alcune delle foto erotiche gli adolescenti erano ritratti insieme a crocifissi e rosari. Lahey aveva riconosciuto le accuse che gli venivano rivolte e aveva accettato di conseguenza la carcerazione preventiva, rassegnando nel contempo le dimissioni dalla diocesi cattolica di Antigonish, in Nova Scotia. Il passo indietro era stato accettato da Papa Benedetto XVI ai sensi del codice canonico.
Ironia della sorte, proprio Lahey, poco prima dell'arresto, era apparso in televisione annunciando che la sua diocesi avrebbe risarcito una quindicina di vittime di abusi sessuali commessi da un sacerdote con 13 milioni di dollari canadesi, circa 9 milioni di euro.

Pedofilia, 15 mesi al vescovo canadese 4 gennaio 2012


PORN EDUCATION


The average age at which children first watch pornography is just 11, interviews with 140 pupils, teachers and people working in the porn industry also revealed. Australian researchers Maree Crabbe and David Corlett said children were turning to adult films because schools were not handling the positive aspects of sex.
The researchers presented their findings at a conference at London University's Institute of Education. "Discussion of sex and intimacy is too often avoided in schools," they said. "Porn has become a cultural mediator in how young people are understanding and experience sex. Porn is our most prominent sex educator."
According to the Times Educational Supplement, the children who took part in the research said it was common for young people to watch pornography. A teenage boy told the researchers: "A lot of what I know about sex is because of porn." Another said: "Growing up, watching porn – that's sort of where you get your grasp of what's normal and what's not." Mary Clegg, chair of the British Association of Sexual Educators, agreed there was a shortfall in sex education at schools. "A lot of our sex education is based on a don't-do model," she said. "But young people are hungry for more explicit information. They're curious and they're hormone-driven."
The research found 88 per cent of scenes in pornographic films showed an element of physical aggression, with most directed at the female participant.
Pupils also appeared to believe that sexual practices shown in porn were normal features of sexual relationships. The researchers said pupils should be taught how to evaluate porn in sex education lessons. "To be unable to critique imagery is equivalent to being illiterate in the modern world," they added. "We need to help young people to resist peer-group pressure to consume porn of to respond to partners' requests for sex they've seen in porn."
Earlier this week, a survey found more young people were having sex under the age of consent. Among 16 to 24-year-old women, more than a quarter had lost their virginity under the age of 16. Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said: “The rising numbers of girls having under-age sex is alarming. It is not a cost-free phenomenon."It poses public health policy challenges and social challenges. The underlying cause must be the ‘pornification’ of British culture and the increasing sexualisation of preadolescent girls.
“Too many young girls are absorbing from the popular culture around them that they only have value as sex objects. Inevitably they act this notion out. "Government needs to respond to spiralling under-age sex, not with pointless schemes to teach abstinence, but with better PSHE teaching in schools for both girls and boys.”

Pornography is replacing sex education 16 Dec 2011


martedì 3 gennaio 2012

Su web vendita video con bambini da 5 a 12 anni


Video per pedofili (24 video acquistabili con USD 5.280/ Euro 4038.24 ca.) , inenarrabili per la loro crudeltà, messi in vendita a 220 dollari ciascuno per il mercato dei pedocriminali sono stati scoperti dall'Associazione Meter di don Di Noto (pioniera nella lotta alla pedofilia), in un portale predisposto per la vendita di indumenti, ma che in una nascosta ''subdirectory'' conteneva video e materiale pedopornografico con bambini di eta' tra i 5 e i 12 anni.

I video erano venduti dietro pagamento con tutti i sistemi di carta di credito e inviati attraverso i corrieri espressi in tutta Europa e nel mondo. Tutti visibili, erano in vendita con offerte promozionali per fine anno: con un ordine di 15 video (USD 3.300/Euro 2523.90), ne venivano inviati 9 in regalo.

''In meno di un giorno, con un calcolo approssimativo, su 50 clienti si possono lucrare, sulla pelle degli innocenti bambini, gia' violati, 165.000 dollari Usa - calcola Meter - una considerevole somma in un mercato, quello dellosfruttamento dei bambini e la vendita di foto e di video, incontrollabile''.

La denuncia e' stata presentata alla Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni di Catania e al CNCPO (Centro nazionale contro la pedofilia online) di Roma.

''La strage degli innocenti continua sotto gli occhi di tutti - avverte don Di Noto - e dobbiamo continuare a non abbassare la guardia nel denunciare gli aguzzini, i predatori dei bambini. Ma dobbiamo anche continuare a innestare mentalita' di speranza perche' non accada l'abuso e si impari che dall'abuso si puo', lentamente guarire''. 

Pedofilia: Meter scopre su web vendita video con bambini da 5 a 12 anni 28 Dicembre 2011


lunedì 2 gennaio 2012

Eggsploitation: a devastating case against the commodification of women and their eggs


Interview with Jennifer Lahl, director and producer of Eggsploitation and President of USA-based Center for Bioethics and Culture Network


Reproductive technologies are a massive global enterprise. But these technologies would barely exist without the thousands of egg donors who provide their eggs to help others become pregnant, or for research purposes. We know little about the individual women who go through this process and the possible risks to their health.
A new documentary film, Eggsploitation, produced by The Center for Bioethics and Culture, exposes the human egg trade and the lack of informed consent through the personal stories of real women donors whose lives have been irrevocably harmed. The egg harvesting process and absence of proper consent is described in the film as “reckless endangerment of vulnerable women.” Many will be surprised to learn there is no long-term follow up of donors.
Donald Landry, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Columbia University, says of the film: “Eggsploitation renders the medical risks of paid egg donation with care and truth in every detail and makes a thoroughly devastating case against the commodification of women and their eggs.”

Tell me a little about the genesis of Eggsploitation – why did you make this film? How did you find the women who shared their stories?
I’ve been writing and speaking in the area of reproductive technologies for almost a decade. The more I discovered about the exploitive side of reproductive technologies – using poor women, women in need to “help” – the more I became concerned about the global reach and largely under or un-regulated booming business. Most of the women found me through the internet where they discovered my writings. In fact, just this week, another egg donor emailed me, wanting to share her story of her “near death” experience so that other women can be spared what she went through. I think these stories are just the tip of the iceberg and we shall see that all is not well with many of these reproductive technologies which have largely been sold uncritically as a good thing.
What has been the reaction so far? How has the IVF industry received it?
We just took the California Independent Film Festivals Best Documentary Award for 2011. Internationally we are getting a lot of traction and interest in the film, for example here . We’ve sold the film into nearly 20 countries to date and have had requests from four countries to translate the film into their language. Our largest critics have been those heavily invested in reproductive technologies/infertility clinics and those who mainly make their livelihood in this business. Also, women who have used egg donors to help them have children have been critical. Funny, the caveat is typically added that we need to do a better job monitoring and protecting egg donors, but they’ve been largely critical of the film, which really exposes the short and long-term health risks placed on egg donors.

In the film you show ads recruiting for egg donors with wording like ‘Make a difference today’ and ‘Answer her prayers’. Some of these ads appear on Facebook. Is playing on a woman’s altruism the main way donors are secured? Or in countries where payment is offered is it primarily financial considerations? Some ads seek donors who are aged 21. Can a woman  so young and less likely to already have children of her own make an informed choice about donating?
On the question of informed choice, how can anyone be informed when we’ve never bothered to do the long-term studies to understand the risks? And isn’t informed choice very much tainted when coupled with money, especially when there is financial need. Everyone realizes when you are in need of money you are willing to minimize any risks you may be informed of, or just ignore them.
I find it curious that last year in the U.S. there was a federal law passed which prohibits credit card companies from advertising credit cards in school papers or on campuses across the country. There was great concern that students would get access to credit cards and graduate from school with a lot of debt. While the industry says that these are bright young women who can make an informed choice, one has to wonder why then this credit card law passed almost without notice or complaint from the public. So why aren’t we concerned that young women graduate with their health intact?
What are the main risks of egg donation?
Main risks fall into two categories: short-term and long-term.
Short-term risks of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which can be mild, moderate or severe cannot be underestimated and pose a real danger to the health of the egg donor. There is a risk of infection and bleeding related to harvesting the eggs. One woman in the film suffered a major brain stroke, another had a torsioned ovary requiring its removal. Another woman had internal bleeding because of a bleeding artery near the ovary, which went undiagnosed for many hours. She ended up in intensive care. Longer-term risks are associated with cancers (reproductive and non-reproductive). Also, depression and anxiety and other psychological factors related to the powerful hormones they take and thoughts about any children produced from their eggs.
The film cites an “alarming absence of data on women who donate” and points out that “decades of data” have been lost because there is no tracking or follow-up. Do you find many people are surprised to know that risks are not studied and that there is no follow-up of donors – or in fact any women who underwent IVF treatment – to check on their health?
Overwhelmingly, when I’ve shown the film, people are first, educated about the process of egg donation – most people have no idea what is involved – and secondly, they are aghast with how little oversight and long-term follow-up or studies have been done on egg donors.
The women’s stories are particularly shocking. Stroke, colon cancer, brain damage breast cancer, ovarian cancer, etc. But defenders of reproductive technologies will say that these are just a few rare and extreme cases? How do you counter this?
I often hear, ‘well this is unfortunate, but these cases are rare’. In response, I say the burden is on the industry to prove that these cases are indeed rare. And how many women need to be harmed before something is done to change this practice? How many dead or harmed women do we need before the industry changes their practices? I know many more women who have reached out to me with their terrible stories. I couldn’t interview them all. We picked the women in Eggsploitation because they all agreed to be filmed for our documentary, they all live in California, where we made the film (we did have budget constraints as filmmaking is a timely and costly enterprise) and we felt their stories were representative of the other women who have shared theirs. Some other women I have interviewed, I would have liked to have included  in the film but, because of contracts they have signed, they are required to remain silent. I feel the image artwork for the film is very telling of the ways women have been silenced, ignored, and used and forgotten.
So many women felt dismissed. It wasn’t until they were at critical stage did they get properly examined by a doctor or admitted to hospital. There seemed to be a reckless attitude to their health. (eg it wasn’t until Alexandra was vomiting faeces that she was admitted to hospital). Did the level of dismissal of these women when they presented with problems, take you by surprise?
It saddened me. I worked as a nurse for two decades and to hear how these women were ignored by those in the healthcare professions really upset me. I’ve shown the film on university campuses, and I’ve been shocked to hear some students complain that these women didn’t advocate strong enough for themselves. Of course, if you have seen the film, you will hear how these women did try to advocate for themselves. I think it is hard to keep pushing when a doctor or nurse is telling you, “This is typical” or, “This is normal” or “This is to be expected”. And remember, these women have entered into this agreement largely because of their financial need, and studies have shown, once someone has agreed in their mind to do something, they are often committed to seeing it through to the end.
How are the women doing now? One said she is infertile now as a result of egg donation, which, as well as tragic, seems somewhat ironic.
Of the women in the film who are still alive (we also highlight stories of an egg donor who died of colon cancer and an infertile woman who died of OHSS), they either cannot have children or are struggling with their own fertility now. One of the women also went on to develop cancer in both breasts. I often wonder how their infertility will affect them psychologically, knowing that they may not be able to have children because of something they did to help another have a child. A very sad and bitter irony.
While this is a (U.S) $6.5 billion a year industry, and while there are 17,405 IFV cycles in the US a year using donated eggs, the film says that in the U.S 70 percent of IVF cycles fail. Yet I think most people wouldn’t know that. How is the industry able to cover that up?
Well this is a big global business and advertising the huge failure rates of IVF technologies sure isn’t a winning business strategy. And they are dealing often times with couples who are desperate to have a child, and who will do all sorts of things to hopefully have a child. I have spoken with many infertile women who have readily admitted that they would do anything to have a child. Even spend lots of money on a largely failed enterprise. So the industry exploits this desire and plays down failure rates.
The pressure on women to donate isn’t only because of the need for eggs to make babies is it? What else is driving the demand for eggs? If they are used in stem cell research, for example, are women informed about where their eggs will end up?
In the U.S, egg donation is unregulated. Eggs don’t leave a women’s body and get a barcode on them, so we can’t know where they end up. When one mother in our film asked her daughter’s egg broker about children created with her daughter’s eggs, she was told by the broker that there was no way to know where her daughter’s eggs went or if children were created using her daughter’s eggs. So, some women may be informed where there eggs end up, but I suspect, that is often not the case.
It is sometimes pointed out that we allow people to work in risky jobs and to be paid for doing so eg film stunts, bridge construction. What do you say to the argument that competent adult women should be able to decide for themselves whether take on the risks and donate their eggs?
I rarely see the risks admitted. Visit any egg donor website or read any egg donor ads, you won’t find risks mentioned. Women are told they are doing is just helping out, and they are being compensated for their time and trouble. The industry doesn’t want to admit the risks to the procedure and very much want to advance the notion that this is a safe, routine and minimally invasive procedure, therefore compensation is never sold as something to offset risks. I quite frankly would welcome them admitting the risks and dangers and stating they are compensating women because they are asking women to roll the dice with their health! But if that is the case, the payment structure would be very different because bridge workers and stunt experts carry millions of dollars in liability insurance to protect them because the nature of their work is inherently risky. I highly doubt the infertility industry will carry such policies for the protection of women egg donors. They want to have their cake and eat it too.
Do you agree that the possible exploitation of women suppliers could be avoided by the usual processes of medical research, such as full risk disclosure, consent forms, ethical guidelines, mandatory record keeping and proper long term monitoring of suppliers?
This is a tough question for me to answer as it requires we stop the practice now and go back and do retrospective studies on large sample sizes of women who have already done egg donation. That is what is required to give any meaningful informed consent. We can’t possibly give proper informed consent now, even if laws were enforced mandating it, because the studies have yet to be done. And we will have to do studies, tracking women over a long period of time to understand cancer risks, and psychological risks. But immediately, we have to take the money out of this issue. Exploitation goes hand-in-hand when women need money and are willing to do risky things with their health. And I cannot emphasize enough that the egg donor is not a patient, she’s not a sick person who assumes medical risks because she has a medical need. And she’s not assuming a risk because another person’s life hangs in the balance (e.g. organ donation). How egg donors are treated in the U.S and many other countries would never pass any internal review board for any sort of clinical trial. It’s really quite tragic.
What efforts are being made to regulate the practice around the world? What are the main obstacles to tighter regulation or to some kind of moratorium or end to the practice?
It seems to me the global battle typically is framed around the compensation issue. For example in France and Canada you can’t sell your eggs, but in the U.S. you can, and often for a hefty sum of money. Of course these types of ad hoc laws encourage trafficking in eggs (women) from one country to another. Here in the U.S the main obstacle is the fertility industry which has no vested interest in regulation, and they are a wealthy, strong, and powerful lobbying block here. Secondarily, those who want to use these technologies have rejected efforts put forth by myself and others as it is seen as a takeaway of reproductive rights and choice.
In Australia in 2002 law was made to allow experimentation on ‘leftover’ embryos. Then in 2005/ 2006 the law was further extended to allow creation of cloned embryos from donated eggs. Now the push is to extend it even further to allow payment for eggs. What do you think of this?
I find it particularly alarming that we would build any scientific enterprise on the reproductive bodies of young healthy women. The risks assumed by these women is the same, whether their eggs end up in an IVF clinic or a research laboratory. I live in California, where the battle for SCNT research is a fierce debate, (ironically sold to us as “cures cures cures” with no sign of cures in sight). Dr. Gerald Schatten, the infamous U.S. partner of South Korea’s disgraced Dr. Hwang, says that he is terrified of financial reimbursements to young women egg donors and that OHSS is a life threatening risk. He cautioned my state, saying, “If California moves superfast in stimulating thousands of women, when the first woman dies (he didn’t say IF, he said WHEN) for the sake of cells in a plastic dish, this is going to be a nightmare, and I am seriously worried.” This is from a cloning researcher.


Eggsploitation: a devastating case against the commodification of women and their eggs March 14th, 2011

 

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