The Israeli parliament has unanimously passed a bill banning punters from paying for sex, though lawmakers opted not to penalise the prostitutes themselves. The bill outlaws the purchase of sex, stipulating a 2,000 shekel ($534) fine as punishment; the financial penalty is doubled for the second offence. Repeat violations could carry fines of up to 75,300 shekels ($20,000) and criminal prosecution. READ MORE: Swapping Erections for Elections: Prostitutes Dip Toes in Caribbean Politics Though sex trafficking, brothels, and pimping are already considered criminal activity in Israel, prostitution itself remains legal; it's estimated that at least 14,000 sex workers operate in the country, including 3,000 minors. READ MORE: Touch But Don't Look: Tourists in Amsterdam Banned From Ogling Prostitutes © Photo : PixabayFBI Recalls Officers in Asia Amid Probe Into Parties With Prostitutes - ReportsThe new law makes … [Read more...] about Attention, Johns! New Israeli Law Prohibits Paying for Sex, Spares Prostitutes
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(CNN)Back in 2010, Domenico Oppedisano was often seen taking his fruit to market in the town of Rosarno in southern Italy, chugging around in his three-wheeled van. But the 80-year old had another job: he was "chairman of the board" of Italy's most powerful mafia group -- the 'Ndrangheta. This week, police in four European countries carried out raids on the 'Ndrangheta's sprawling empire of money-laundering and drug-trafficking, arresting 90 people. They described "Operation Pollino" -- two years in the making -- as a "decisive strike against one of the most powerful Italian criminal networks in the world." 90 held in anti-mafia raids across Europe The operation took place the day after the alleged head, or "godfather," of the Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, was arrested with 46 other people in the Palermo region of Italy on mafia charges. But Oppedisano, now in jail after being arrested eight years ago, may not be impressed. The 'Ndrangheta has been the target of raids … [Read more...] about Inside Europe’s most powerful mafia — the ‘Ndrangheta
The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) is drafting a sweeping bill to address the legal limbo affecting prostitution, which is neither regulated or criminalized in this country. Experts estimate that Spain has a €3.7 billion sex industry Spain’s governing party wants to penalize clients and those who provide apartments for prostitution activities. The sex workers themselves would not be targeted in any way, as they would be regarded as victims. The bill is inspired by the abolitionist model pioneered by Sweden (see side box). Under the terms of the new legislation, “gentlemen’s clubs” – there are an estimated 1,500 in Spain, or three for every hospital – would be shut down through court orders. The new law seeks to disincentivize demand by outlawing the purchase of sex. It also considers human trafficking for sex exploitation to be a form of gender violence. Several models The Swedish model. Sweden was a pioneer of the abolitionist model … [Read more...] about Spain tries ‘Swedish model’ to address prostitution’s legal limbo
Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s two investigations into Trump Organization deals in Baku, Azerbaijan and Batumi, Georgia. This episode is the third in a three-part series that examines real estate and offshore financial activities connected with the post-Soviet region. In part one of the series Udensiva-Brenner spoke to Harriman Institute Director Alexander Cooley about why luxury real estate deals are so susceptible to money laundering operations; in part two, she spoke with Columbia University Journalism School Fellows, Manuela Andreoni and Inti Pacheco, about their investigation into the Trump Organization’s deal in Batumi, Georgia, which contributed to Davidson’s article, “Trump’s Business of Corruption,” published in The New Yorker in August 2017 (Davidson's article about Azerbaijan, "Trump's Worst Deal," was published in March 2017). Adam Davidson writes The Financial Page column and … [Read more...] about Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus
Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?