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Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV

The human papillomavirus is contributing to the growing number of  head and neck cancers in the United States, according to a new study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.The study found that the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer - cancers of the tonsil, back of the mouth (throat) and base of the tongue - has been on the rise since the mid-1980s.  The study suggests that one reason could an increase in the number of people having oral sex resulting in oral human papillomavirus  exposure.Researchers say these cancers fall into two categories–those caused by tobacco and alcohol and those caused by the sexually transmitted virus, HPV. They now believe approximately 70% of all oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV infection."We used to think of oropharyngeal cancer as one cancer," said senior author Dr. Maura Gillison, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus. "Now we know the disease is comprised of two biologically and epidemiologically distinct cancers. This new understanding will increasingly enable us to improve and better personalize care for patients with each form of the disease."Researchers tested cancer tissue samples from almost 6,000 patients in Hawaii, Iowa and Los Angeles between 1984 and 2004. They found the HPV-positive cancers increased 225% while HPV-negative oropharynx cancers dropped 50%–most likely because of a reduction in smoking and tobacco use. Even so, patients with HPV-positive cancers live longer."Patients with HPV positive cancers have better survival rates," said principal investigator Dr. Anil Chaturvedi of the National Cancer Institute. "The precise reasons for the survival benefits are not clear, but tumors in HPV-positive patients tend to have less genetic damage. Because of that, they are more responsive to cancer therapies like radiation treatment.""The HPV status of a patient's tumor is the single greatest determinant of whether a person lives or dies after a diagnosis of local-regionally advanced oropharynx cancer," Gillison said. "HPV-positive patients have an approximate 60% reduction in risk of death after their diagnosis when compared to HPV-negative patients."Gillison says about 95% of the HPV-positive oropharynx cancers were caused by HPV16, a strain targeted by Gardasil and Cervarix, the two vaccines currently on the market to prevent cervical cancer. Gardasil is manufactured by Merck & Co. and Cervarix is made by GlaxoSmithKline.Gardasil was approved in 2006 for use in females  ages 9-26 to help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. It was approved in 2009 for  males9-26 to reduce the risk of genital warts. It has not been recommended for use in preventing HPV-associated cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cervarix was approved in 2009 for use in females 10-25. It is not approved for males.The findings are important because the increase in these cancers has been relatively rapid compared with other HPV associated cancers like cervical cancer, Chaturvedi says. With cervical cancer, incidence rates have declined over time because of screening, but currently there is no screening in place for oropharyngeal cancers."Should the observed declines in cervical cancer and the observed increases in HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers continue into the future," Chaturvedi said.  "HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers will be the leading HPV associated cancers over the next decade–by around 2020."There were almost 35,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers this year, according to the American Cancer Society. While about 7,000 Americans will die this year, death rates associated with these cancers has actually been declining over the last 30 plus years."The burden of invasive HPV-caused cancers will shift from women to men in the US, largely due to the rise of HPV-positive oropharynx cancers among men," Gillison said. "HPV infection and its consequences have long been considered a women's problem, and women will continue to bear the brunt of the morbidity associated with the infection. However, gender equity is being achieved with regard to the burden of HPV-caused cancers. HPV infection is therefore a problem for both men and women."

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War on Illegal Pornography


Morality in Media's "War on Illegal Pornography," a coalition of 116 national, state and local groups, is launching a new effort today to ensure that the 2012 presidential candidates are aware of the following: 1) pornography is harming millions of Americans and 2) when elected, the president can help by simply enforcing the laws. Take action here.


Did you know that current federal laws, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, prohibit distribution of hard-core obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops, through the mail, and by common carrier? These laws, however, are not currently being enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.


When I was head of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, we enforced these laws. We prosecuted America's top pornographers and never lost a case. As a result, much of the hardcore pornography available disappeared - at the time it was rape and child-themed pornography. The presidential leadership of both Reagan and Bush I contributed greatly to this success. 


Whoever it may be, we need to ensure that our next president is fully aware of the harms of pornography and is prepared to actively pursue pornography's demise. The law is already on our side. 


Will you email the candidates and let them know why enforcing obscenity laws should also be on their agendas if they win? You can email them all with one click here. Also, please call their campaigns and make sure your voice is heard. You can reach all campaigns by just dialing this toll-free number: 1-877-354-2951.


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Please ask your friends and family to participate in this effort as well. This is a relatively easy way to protect our future generations from suffering from as much addiction, broken marriages, sexual abuse, forced sexual trafficking and child exploitation.

Many thanks,
Patrick A. Trueman
President
Morality In Media

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Charges dropped against HIV-positive man accused of endangering others

CLEARWATER --  A man accused of having sex with his male partner for years while knowingly having HIV will not face criminal charges.
The State Attorney's Office dropped their case against the alleged suspect Shane Ortiz. According to law, Florida's definition of sex is defined as that between a man and a woman. Any other type of sexual contact is not considered sexual intercourse.
According to Ortiz's accuser, who Bay News 9 is not naming, Ortiz put his former male partner at risk of contracting HIV because Ortiz never told him he had the disease.
The victim said he can't believe there will be no consequence for Ortiz's alleged actions.         
"It's absurd," the male victim said.
The victim said he found out through friends Ortiz had the HIV virus and has had it for almost 20 years.
 Officials have not said if Ortiz has any other accusers. With the loophole in the state's law, nothing can be done to bring the victim's case to court.
 

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Dirty Sex – Whatever Happened to Honesty?

Does anyone obey the laws?

  Philadelphia

As I think back on things that happened while I worked at one of the adult bookstores located on Passyunk Ave the “Corridor of Crime” in Philadelphia, I remember it was just over a year ago August of 2010. Many thing were going on and had been going on for quite some time at the store, the owner didn’t care as long as he was making money. Men would come in and have sex with the girls depending on the amount they paid would depend on how far the girls would let them go. Technically it was prostitution in a store open to the public. Who would have thought that you can be granted a license to open a business to let these things go on? The police and other law enforcement know this goes on yet they look the other way. If you look at the news they are some of the ones who frequent these stores and they are also the only ones that end up in the news about it. As if that is not bad enough if you didn’t have the money to pay one of the hired girls to let you abuse her body, all you needed was a few bucks and you could have sex with men in the peepshow area of the store. Many times the owner would say to me and other employees look the other way as long as they are putting money in the machine. Let them do what they want. I wonder how many of these men would go home and tell their wives, girlfriends and family… today I went to the book store and had unprotected sex.  I spent our food money for the week on a girl that has sex with anything that walks in – or – I went to the peepshow and had anonymous sex with a few guys. Oral anal we did it all no condoms were used that takes the thrill out of it. Boy it was a delicious good time can’t wait to do that again.   I worked in this store for 10 years and I have questioned how long this has been going on and why do we continue to allow these stores to operate and never close them down. We treat them like this is a law abiding way to make money. Are the people in our local government offices involved somehow and that’s why laws are not enforced? Are your family, friends, and neighbors frequenting these stores? What would happen if you found out that your wife or daughter worked in one of these stores? What would you do if you found out your husband went there and had sex with anything he could male or female? I bet many would be surprised at who does go to these stores. It is not just who you would think but many prominent doctors, lawyers, clergy, and law officials. There was a running joke in the store I worked at because of an old commercial for a local news show, we had a local news van come in all of the time he liked it dirty and often one right after another multiple times a week.
As I write this I get more and more disgusted men coming and making a store owner rich and spreading all sorts of STD’s (sexually transmitted deceases). Taking these STDs and spreading them to their families even to their unborn children. If a person knowingly has unprotected sex with another person and they know they have already been diagnosed with a STD should they be held accountable for their actions? If a children’s toy company can be held liable for a child choking on a toy or eating lead based paint shouldn’t a store owner also be held liable for allowing these acts to go on in their store, if someone contracts decease or dies from a deadly decease they contracted in their store? 

Some Statisics: Pennsylvania reported 38,217 AIDS cases to CDC, cumulatively, from the beginning of the epidemic through December 2008. Pennsylvania ranked 7th highest among the 50 states in cumulative reported AIDS cases.

Why doesn’t law enforcement do anything about this? Are they afraid they will be the next ones in a public sex scandal headline?

If our morals have come down this far in our country then we need to change the laws. We need this on the ballot let the people decide if these stores should continue to make money off of sex. If it is legal there then we should also make it legal in cars, parks, men’s rooms and locker rooms. Make it legal for people to sell their bodies to be abused on street corners there really is no difference except in the stores the owner makes a lot of money off of illegal acts.

Please contact your Senators, Congressmen and Attorney Generals and get this on the ballot in the commonwealth of Pa and in every state. Let the people decide if this is what we want to go on. Let’s clean up our country and STOP THIS CRIME NOW! 

 

I guess it really is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

Story By John S De Santo I

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Phoenix Goddess Temple founder and employees face prostitution charges for 'running brothel'

Arizona authorities say a six-month investigation has resulted in the arrest and indictment of 18 people connected to the Phoenix Goddess Temple, where undercover investigators say they found workers performing sex acts in exchange for money.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said that among the individuals arrested were men and women 'practitioners' and Goddess Temple founder Tracy Elise.
She faces charges of prostitution, illegal control of an enterprise, pandering, and operating a house of prostitution. Provocative: A September 5 ad in the 'adult entertainment' section of classified ads website Backpage.com features Phoenix Temple Goddess Iyata
Others named in the indictment face charges including conspiracy, working in a house of prostitution Leader: Goddess Temple founder Tracy Elise was among 18 individuals arrested on Wednesday after the raid and massaging without a license.
Arizona prosecutors have charged more than 30 people affiliated with the institution which they say had been operating under the pretence of providing 'religious' services for hundreds of dollars in cash 'donations' since it began operations in 2009. Police raided the 10,000-square-foot property on Wednesday, arresting 18 people. They are still hunting down the other 19. ABC News reports that four of those indicted are men, but none of them are johns. Charges include prostitution, pandering and conspiracy
Accused: Others named in the indictment face charges including conspiracy, working in a house of prostitution and massaging without a license
Phoenix police spokesman Steve Martos told the network: 'They were committing crimes under the guise of religious freedom. It's a sad situation when people are trying to hide behind religion and church to commit a crime.'
Martos said police obtained a search warrant after several undercover operations determined 'practitioners' were trained to use 'evasive vocabulary'. 'For example, "johns" were called "seekers" and sexual intercourse was called "sacred union".
A statement on the organization’s website, which has been taken down, describe the Goddess Temple's services as 'body centric'
Alleged brothel: Police raided the 10,000-square-foot Goddess Temple on Wednesday, arresting 18 people. They are still hunting down the other 19
Secretive: The Goddess Temple had been in operation since 2009 and had been subject to speculation it was a secret sex club
Authorities were tipped off by residents, who had complained for years the temple was operating as a secret sex club. A local newspaper followed the story, prompting police to launch the investigation that led to Wednesday's bust.
Police say another alleged brothel in Sedona, Arizona connected to the Goddess Temple was also raided on Wednesday. Founder Tracy Elise was reportedly involved with a similar alleged brothel in Seattle, Washington shut down in 2009. 

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Who Are The Guilty?

Who Are The Guilty?

Pornography – It Can Be Your Dessert

 Philadelphia

 

       

 View of the restaurant and of the adult store window display in Philadelphia             

 

Is it you that is guilty?

 

 

Do you go out with friends and family in Center City Philadelphia? For a night on the town, dinner, maybe take in a show, or clubbing. Have you stopped to take notice of your surroundings? I went to dinner with friends to a trendy restaurant in Center City Philly it was a nice night and we didn’t want to wait any longer to be seated so we sat outside. The one couple I was with was traveling and had their 5 year old daughter with them. Boy she is amazing she is already learning to read and she started to read all the signs and store names around us. When she did not know the word she would let us know and we would help her figure them out. This made it so we were more aware of our surroundings than normal. As we sat there we noticed one store on the block it had a window display of adult oriented merchandise, videos, a mannequin wearing a harness, underwear, books, and assorted other merchandise. Across the street was another adult store – an adult cinema. These stores right there side by side with a computer store and restaurants. This started a conversation at our table. If you have read my past columns you know that I worked in an adult bookstore for 10 years and I do not think it is right what they get away with. Others at my table had never been in a bookstore until that night. We split up into groups and went into these stores, after all we did have a 5 year old with us and she was not going in. No one with my party had ever been in these stores including me. We went into the one that had the de – moralizing window display. The items in the front of the store were normal for an adult toy store. Then we went in the back room where there were peep shows. It appeared to be a busy night in the peep shows older men having sex with young guys. Some of my party was appalled to think that this went on; others felt it was not right but figured it must be legal if they were granted a license to run the store. While we were there the clerk screamed back to make sure there is money in the booths; looks like this type of behavior by a clerk is a standard for these stores. Some of the patrons in the store stopped what they were doing and put a few more bucks in the machines others were preoccupied if you know what I mean and ignored the clerk. I am sure the clerk knew exactly what was going on back there; all he said was more money.

So as we regrouped at our table in front of the restaurant finished our dessert and coffee some of the guys that had been in the bookstore walked out and past our tables. The wife of one of my friends said do you think he at least washed his face and hands before leaving? Think of the contamination that walked by us from this store. If they were there once having anonymous sex I am sure they were there before.

So I ask again who is guilty?

The clerk for doing what his boss tells him to do and just makes sure the money is flowing in the machines?

The store owner, for telling his clerk to let the illegal sex go on as long as the money is flowing ignore the rest?

The city zoning officials, who gave them a license to open the adult store and never make sure that these illegal acts do not go on. The same officials that put family oriented stores in the same row right next door to the stores that break the laws.

The police that should stop these Illegal acts and perhaps make sure that window displays are not so racy.

Large TV and newspaper companies who do nothing about this even after being told what is going on illegally in these stores. At least they could report it and help law abiding citizens know what is going on. As I have been told by these companies’ people do not want to hear about that, it is not news worthy. 

Or is it you and me the patrons of the city who do nothing about what we see when laws are being broken?

We need to save our children and the innocent now. Make it so it is ok for a 5 year old to ask what is that in the window and you to be able to answer truthfully. Or what do they do in that store? Fight this demoralization of our country now! Do you know someone that frequents these stores advise them to get a blood test as soon as possible. Help them by finding a way for them to break this bad habit. We do not need our healthcare rising. We need law abiding citizens. 

If you know of places that allow these acts to go on, contact your local and state officials and report it. Get groups together to stop this. Make sure people running for office know this is a major problem in our communities and country and we the citizens and voters want it stopped.

Please contact your Senators, Congressmen and Attorney Generals and get this on the ballot in the commonwealth of Pa and in every state. Let the people decide if this is what we want to go on. Let’s clean up our country and STOP THIS CRIME NOW! 

Story By John S De Santo I

 

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End Child Pornography: Enforce Adult Pornography Laws

September 1, 2011
Ending child pornography is as much a matter of vigorously prosecuting those who distribute adult pornography as it is a matter of prosecuting child pornographers. Presidential candidates should pledge to initiate adult pornography criminal cases and fund research into the adult-child pornography link.

Since President Obama took office, the Department of Justice has not initiated one adult pornography criminal case. The reason, we are told, is that investigators are overwhelmed with child pornography cases. Problematically, a growing number of law enforcement officers and investigators report that consumption of adult pornography leads to consumption of child pornography.

The link between adult and child porn is observed globally, and it is nothing new. Fifteen years ago, at the 1996 World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Margaret Healy stated in a paper titled “Child Pornography: An International Perspective” that “with the emergence of the use of computers to traffic in child pornography, a new and growing segment of producers and consumers is being identified. They are individuals who may not have a sexual preference for children, but who have seen the gamut of adult pornography and who are searching for more bizarre material.” (Emphasis added)

Ten years ago, Muireann O’Brian also observed this in her work with child sexual abusers. She heads the Bangkok office of End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism, a global organization that helps police and lawyers target child molesters. She pointed out that “arrests have shown men with perfectly normal sexual proclivities become seduced, then involved and finally addicted to child pornography. Their addiction may manifest itself by them just keeping and looking at the images . . . But it has been found that the addiction leads many men into seeking out children to abuse.” (Emphasis added)

Today, a simple Google search of news articles demonstrates that what Healy and O’Brian saw years ago is now common. In a 2008 story describing the increase of child sex crimes in Spain experts attributed the surge in such crimes to Internet opportunities. “The web not only provides an outlet for people with deep-rooted pedophiliac tendencies, but can also create a sexual attraction to children,” Guillermo Canovas explained. He pointed out that “studies show that some pedophiles feel attracted to children from an early age, but the majority of them develop the tendency later on. . . . Thousands of people are constantly looking for pornography on the web . . . as their stimulation threshold rises, they feel the need for stronger and stronger material until their search leads them to child pornography.”

The congressionally-created Child Online Protection Act (COPA) Commission saw the need to curb adult obscenity as a necessary precursor for combating child pornography. It included a recommendation in its 2000 Final Report “that Government at all levels fund aggressive programs to investigate and prosecute violations of obscenity laws . . . This investigation and prosecution program should supplement the Government’s existing effort to investigate and prosecute child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and child pornography. . . . Such a program should be of sufficient magnitude to deter effectively illegal activity on the Internet.”

Since the advent of the Internet age, millions of federal and state tax dollars have been channeled toward fighting Internet child pornography. Like many government programs, those targeting child pornography are on autopilot, gobbling up ever-increasing resources with no critical evaluation of effectiveness. Rather, “success” seems to be counted by the number of arrests and convictions. By that measure, law enforcement successes climb every year, regardless of the safety of our nation’s children. No credible claim is made that children are safer today than at the beginning of the Internet age. The number of child pornographers is increasing, not decreasing. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the main sex exploitation offense referred to U.S. attorneys shifted from sex abuse (73%) in 1994 to child pornography (69%) in 2006. Child pornography matters accounted for 82% of the growth in sex exploitation matters referred from 1994 to 2006.

The U.S. Department of Justice must change course and begin vigorously to enforce adult as well as child pornography laws. Additionally, no researcher has yet published a study that uses empirical science to validate the link between adult and child pornography that so many who fight child pornography and molestation have observed. The U.S. Department of Justice doles out hundreds of millions of dollars for crime research, ostensibly to discover ways to make us safer. The link between adult and child pornography should now be a top target of research. Presidential candidates should pledge that their attorney general will make this happen.

Children are harmed not only by child pornographers, but also by the consumption of adult pornography. The average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11. A total of 90 percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography online. Many are becoming addicted to freely available Internet pornography. The effects of pornography are powerful on their developing brains. Eric M. Johnson, a clinical psychologist and full-time forensic evaluator who directs the Oregon Forensic Institute says that some children who encounter pornography “are captured by the images.” Johnson treats kids in trouble for sexual behavior and has observed how his patients use the Internet to view pornography: “For them it becomes something very different, and they become obsessed. They think about it all the time . . . and so it begins to dominate their lives.” There is also evidence that the rise in child-on-child sexual abuse appears to flow from consumption of Internet pornography; see here and here.

Since the Internet came into its own nearly 20 years ago, Congress has tried to protect children from online pornography through the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and COPA. Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court has declared both laws unconstitutional. The acts would have removed “teaser” porn from the front pages of Internet pornography sites. This kind of material induces those whose eyes it catches to pay for more material beyond the front page. Under these acts, adults seeking porn could procure it only by providing credit card or other information that a child would not have. Children would not see any pornography on the sites.

When these acts were stricken, Congress seemed to give up on attempts to protect children from pornography on the Internet. Remarkably, it seems that no one at the top level in the Department of Justice has considered that the one effective—and constitutional—way to protect children from harm would be the vigorous prosecution of illegal, hardcore adult pornography. Federal laws prohibit distribution of hard-core adult pornography (called “obscenity” in law) on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, through the mail or common carrier, in retail shops, and on hotel/motel TV. A handful of companies control large numbers of porn sites, so a few well-placed prosecutions would go a long way in cleaning up the Internet, where most kids find hardcore pornography.

Is the protection of children from pornography a government responsibility? Yes, of course it is. Practically speaking, no parent can watch over his or her children 24 hours a day. Even when parents utilize pornography-blocking software in their own home, kids will have access to the material at friends’ homes or even at many public libraries. The predatory pornography industry targets children with their teaser material, including entire websites distributing volumes of hardcore porn for free.

Parents need help, and since the Congress has seen fit to outlaw distribution of obscene Internet pornography not only to children but to adults as well, why should parents not be able to rely on authorities to enforce the law? Who is it that gave the DOJ a pass simply to look the other way, dismissing the will of Congress and helping pornographers target our kids? It is time to reconsider this informal grant of immunity to the porn criminals and think first of the welfare of our children.

Candidates for president must pledge to protect our children from pornography and that means committing to the vigorous prosecution of illegal adult pornography as well as child pornography.


Patrick A. Trueman is President of Morality in Media. He served as chief of the United States Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, Washington, D. C. from 1987 to 1993.

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Missouri Lt. Governor, Embroiled In Stripper Scandal

Peter Kinder, the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, is at the center of racy allegations. St Louis area stripper Tammy Chapman says that Kinder pursued an inappropriate relationship with her, and was a regular at a local strip bar. Kinder is a single man, but as a Tea Party-backed political, the revelations do little to endear him to that conservative group.

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Officials plan to fight sexual activity in adult bookstores

BOISE-- The local health department says it plans to initiate a community-conversation on how to combat a growing concern: risky behavior that's leading to more HIV infections.

The plan comes after a 7 Investigation highlighted public places in our valley where people are known to meet complete strangers for anonymous sex.

Of the places the anonymous sex is reported to be happening, adult bookstores concern officials the most. Yet, when our original investigation aired, every agency we spoke to said it could not regulate sexual activity inside.

Now, they say they're going to try to do something about it because of the public health and safety risk.

The health department says it's taking an extra step to find a solution and a city prosecutor tells us if the risky behavior happens in his city, he will take it to court.

According to Idaho health officials, anonymous sex is contributing to an increase in HIV/AIDS. There was a 50% increase in local HIV infections over the past 5 years.  In the same period, AIDS cases nearly doubled from 26 to 50.

From patients, they're learning where people meet for anonymous sex: city parks like Ann Morrison in Boise, interstate public rest stops and a bathroom at the BSU Library.

There's a technology component, too. Some websites list where to find someone looking for anonymous sex. There’s even a phone app that tells you on a map if there's a willing stranger nearby.

What alarmed Garden City prosecuting attorney Charles Wadams was the anonymous sex officials say is happening at adult bookstores.

KTVB saw it first-hand. Our producer went undercover to a Boise adult bookstore. In a booth meant for adult videos, he found an opening in the wall. Through that, he was propositioned for anonymous sex in a matter of minutes.

"I think that's a violation of the law, based on what you told me, that's a potential violation of the Idaho code," said Wadams.

In Garden City, just a couple miles from his office, there is an adult bookstore.

"So if that had happened in Garden City at that bookstore?” asked the reporter. “And we knew who the perpetrator was, and they didn't have an expectation of privacy, I would prosecute him," Wadams replied.

He says prosecuting sexual activity inside a business isn't black and white. It's a matter of balancing reasonable expectation of privacy versus the government's interest to protect public health and safety.

But he says generally, he could slap offenders with a crime under Idaho state law.

"It could be obscene live conduct," he said. "Our statute doesn't only cover public places, it covers any place open to the public or a segment thereof and so I think the legislative intent is potentially to cover those types of situations.” Those types of situations are also a concern for local health officials- who want the risky behavior of anonymous sex to stop.

While they have no enforcement authority over the bookstores, the Central District Health Department says it will work the phones and reach out to law enforcement, community partners, and even some of the adult bookstores, to help prevent the spread of HIV.

"We generally do not see much resistance when they understand we're trying to do what's best for public health not hinder their business in any way," said Nikki Sakata of the Central District Health Department.

"I would say in the next few months we'll have an opportunity to establish some relationships and probably hold some meetings and see what measures we can take to continue to help protect the public's health.”

Wadams says if businesses knowingly allow sexual activity to occur, they could be charged with aiding in a crime.

It would be a misdemeanor charge for them, and the customers who were participating.

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Two Men Indicted for Luring Women

Two Men Indicted for Luring Women to South Florida, Drugging and Filming Them in Sexual Acts, and Then Selling the Recorded Footage

U.S. Attorney’s Office August 17, 2011
  • Southern District of Florida (313) 226-9100

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Keith F. Dunn, Chief, Miramar Police Department, announce the arrest of Lavont Flanders, Jr., 40, of Miami Gardens, and Emerson Callum, 45, of Miami, and the unsealing of a 22-count indictment charging them with conspiracy and attempt to commit human trafficking and human trafficking. Flanders was also charged with distribution of Xanax. The defendants are expected to make their initial appearances in federal court today at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ted E. Bandstra.

The indictment alleges that beginning as early as May 2006, Flanders would search for potential victims on websites mainly known for the posting of profiles of aspiring models and actresses. Flanders would then contact the potential victim online, falsely claiming to be a model scout or commercial business representative. Flanders would entice the women to travel to South Florida for a purported model audition. Once the women arrived in South Florida, Flanders would tell the women that they had to drink alcoholic beverages as part of their audition. Flanders would then provide alcoholic beverages that, unbeknownst to the victims, contained Xanax.

The indictment further alleges that, after the drug took effect, defendant Callum would engage in sexual acts with the victim while defendant Flanders video recorded. Callum is the president and sole director of Miami Vibes, which is a South Florida business that produces and distributes adult pornography. Callum included the recordings of the sexual acts with the victims in DVDs, which he sold online and at local businesses.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the Miramar Police Department. Mr. Ferrer would also like to thank the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Hollywood Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pembroke Pines Police Department, the Miami Gardens Police Department, and the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland for their assistance in this investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roy Altman and Barbara Martinez.

An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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We Were All Children Once

We Were All Children Once

Pornography – What Happened To Our Morals?

 Philadelphia

 As children we all go through different adventures and take different paths to become who we are today. We dream of what we want to become. For many young boys the dreams are a Policeman, Fireman, Astronaut perhaps a Teacher, Politician, a member of the Clergy. For the men who go to the adult bookstores did they see dreams of becoming a sexual predator? Did they see something as a child that made them want to take this path? Perhaps they caught a parent or grandparent cheating with a neighbor. Maybe it was an elder in the community inappropriately groping themselves or another person in front of the child. Ok now speed time to make the child 18 years of age or older and wanting to act on these things. They go into an adult bookstore / peepshow or theater and here they can act on these feelings that they have. They can have sex with anyone that walks in and in front of anyone that walks in as long as they keep the money pumping into the machines. Who are the loser and winner in this scenario? The people going into the stores to have sex in the public: they are fulfilling a fantasy or perhaps it is now their reality having random sex with anonymous men passing and contracting diseases’ with each other and taking it back to their families. Yes many of these men have family’s wives and kids at home with a white picket fence in the suburbs. These stores make it easy for them to live out feelings and acts which would normally be considered homosexual yet if you ask them they are not gay, they are not even bisexual they believe that they are straight and that having sex with other men in these stores is normal and a given right. Is the loser or winner the store owner? I do not think so the law officials do nothing about these stores otherwise they would not be in business. Sex in businesses that are open to the public is a crime – yet it continues and the store owners make more money than most people do in their paychecks. Is the winner or loser the families of these men? The families who maybe contract deceases because it is brought home by their father and perhaps die from the decease. Or the families with kids that have started cutting school, taking drugs and worse yet are killing others. Could this have been stopped by having a father who spent time at home instead of in the illegal stores? Is the loser or winner the law officials and government agencies that collect taxes from the illegal funds made in these stores? Or the law officials / agency workers that collect paychecks from our hard earned tax dollars but they allow the illegal acts to go on? Perhaps the winners are the insurance companies and health care industry that get to make money from the deceases that would not be passed around nearly as rapid if these stores were closed down. Or is it the child that is now growing up in a beautiful neighborhood perhaps in your community that will soon be able to go to the local adult store and continue this behavior. If we do not stop this NOW, these stores will be in every neighborhood, from the city, the suburbs even rural and county side America. Just think it was not that long ago that It was harder to get pornography, now our kids have it in front of them every time they log onto a computer and into the internet. I believe that we are all the losers for allowing this to go on and not standing up for our rights. We pay our taxes in hopes of living in a first class nation that will not exist if we continue to pull our morals down. There was a slogan that was used during our last presidential election Joe – The Plumber. Soon Joe will not exist it will instead it be Sam the Sex addict.

We need to fight this now! Do you know someone that frequents these stores advise them to get a blood test as soon as possible. Help them by finding a way for them to break this bad habit. We do not need our healthcare rising. We need law abiding citizens.

 

If you know of places that allow these acts to go on, contact your local and state officials and report it. Get groups together to stop this. Make sure people running for office know this is a major problem in our communities and country and we the citizens and voters want it stopped. 

 

Please contact your Senators, Congressmen and Attorney Generals and get this on the ballot in the commonwealth of Pa and in every state. Let the people decide if this is what we want to go on. Let’s clean up our country and STOP THIS CRIME NOW!

 Story by John S De Santo I

I guess it really is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

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