- Court hears of dagga, vodka in satanic killing
- FBI – Human Trafficking
- Sex Trafficking in the Metro
- Child abuse victims step forward in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal
- BBC Newsnight journalists win award for spiked Jimmy Savile investigation
- Greater Manchester police deny failing child sexual exploitation victims
- D.C. Circuit Weighs Child Pornography Restitution Case
Court hears of dagga, vodka in satanic killing
May 21 2013 By SAPA
The effect of using dagga and vodka in succession was graphically explained to a Johannesburg court on Tuesday by murder-accused Harvey Isha….
Isha, 24, is on trial with Harwood, Lindon Wagner, and Courtney Daniels for the murder of Kirsty Theologo, attempted murder of her friend, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They have all pleaded not guilty.
Two other accused, Jeremy King and Lester Moody, confessed to the crime and were each sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment, five of them suspended.
Theologo, 18, and her friend, who was 14 at the time, were tied up, doused with petrol, and set alight on a hill in Linmeyer, south of Johannesburg, on October 21, 2011. Theologo died in hospital but her friend survived.
Isha testified that he had no idea about the plan to “sacrifice” Theologo and her friend in an apparent satanic ritual on the hill that day….
FBI — Human Trafficking
It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.
They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. We’re working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.
Sex Trafficking in the Metro By Meghan Matthews May. 22, 2013
Omaha, NE – Imagine being trapped in a nightmare. “It felt like weeks, I was exhausted I was terrified.”
That’s how Monica describes two days of hell; trapped and forced into prostitution.
“Every time you sell yourself, you sell your soul and you know you’re not the same person that you used to be.”
Monica isn’t her real name, we are protecting her identity. She tells me five days before her 20th birthday an old friend lured her into a car, with a pimp.
“They looked over my body and then pretty much immediately posted a post on Craigslist. By the time I got to the hotel, they actually had it up and running.”
They took her to a Council Bluffs motel and forced her to have sex with clients.
“He took my phone, he took my wallet. He took everything.” For two days, someone else controlled her life.
You might not believe it. You might not see it, but the signs of sex trafficking are out there. Kids, teens even adults are stolen off the streets and roped into prostitution rings every day….
Child abuse victims step forward in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal
STV 23 May 2013
More adults are reporting sexual abuse from their childhood in the wake of high-profile scandals such as the Jimmy Savile case.
Scottish Government figures show 384 sexual assaults against children under 13 were recorded between 2011 and 2012, a 246% increase on the previous year.
Crimes recorded against 13 to 15-year-olds have gone up by 266% over the same period.
One survivor told STV News how she waited 30 years to report a relative who abused her for seven years until she was 13. Her abuser was later jailed….
BBC Newsnight journalists win award for spiked Jimmy Savile investigation
Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones, as well as two other journalists, win scoop of the year at London Press Club awards
Jason Deans guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 May 2013
Liz Mackean and Meirion Jones, who worked on Newsnight’s spiked Jimmy Savile investigation, have won scoop of the year at the London Press Club awards, sharing the prize with two others involved in exposing the late Jim’ll Fix It presenter’s sexual abuse of children.
In an unusual move, the London Press Club awards judges gave the 2013 scoop of the year award jointly to Mackean, Jones, Miles Goslett – who eventually broke the Savile abuse story in the Oldie magazine – and Mark Williams-Thomas, the former policeman and child protection expert behind the ITV Exposure documentary that finally propelled it into a full-blown national scandal last autumn….
Greater Manchester police deny failing child sexual exploitation victims
Police force rejects criticism that ‘sexual abusers are walking the streets’ and that officers do not have skills to win trust of victims
Mark Smith guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 March 2013
Greater Manchester police have angrily dismissed reports they are failing alleged victims of child sexual exploitation in Rochdale by ruling them out of the inquiry set up after nine men were convicted last May of being part of a grooming ring that preyed on teenage girls.
An investigation by the Sunday Times (paywall) reported that 34 potential victims or witnesses were deemed to be “outside the scope of the inquiry” and had instead been referred to social services. The paper cited a source who claimed that officers had not yet even approached the vast majority of these potential complainants.
But the Guardian understands that local NHS crisis intervention teams (CITs) passed these 34 names to Greater Manchester police (GMP) only in the last week, and that they “remain very much part of the investigation”. These potential victims or witnesses are in addition to the 42 people approached by police in the first wave of Operation Doublet, though there may be some duplication of names in the file the CITs passed to police.
Of the initial 42 alleged victims approached by GMP, only six girls have been given “core” status and continue to work with the police toward potential prosecutions, prompting criticisms of the way the force is handling the complex and delicate nature of the inquiry….
May 13, 2013
D.C. Circuit Weighs Child Pornography Restitution Case
The thorny question of how to calculate restitution to victims of child pornography came back before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week, with the U.S. Department of Justice defending a proposed formula.
Friday’s arguments marked the second time the court considered the case of Michael Monzel. Monzel pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. A trial judge ordered Monzel to pay $5,000 to a victim known by the pseudonym “Amy,” but on remand from the D.C. Circuit reduced the award to zero, finding the government didn’t produce evidence on how much of Amy’s losses he caused.
The government appealed, arguing U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler was wrong to reduce the award and that its proposed formula – dividing a victim’s total losses by the number of individuals found criminally responsible and then adjusting based on certain factors – represented a fair solution. Monzel’s lawyer, Federal Public Defender A.J. Kramer, said the formula was arbitrary and that Kessler was right to reduce the award after the government presented no evidence linking his client to specific losses.
D.C. Circuit Weighs Child Pornography Restitution Case
By James R. Marsh on May 13, 2013