The mother of a young Middlesbrough woman who was stabbed to death has told how she relives her daughter's last moments when she closes her eye to sleep. Former Middlesbrough College student Jodi Miller, 21, was murdered by Karar Ali Karar after refusing to have sex with him on two nights in February this year. On the second night she rejected him, he stabbed her 15 times, tripped her up to prevent her from escaping and kicked her while calling her a prostitute. In a victim personal statement read at Karar's sentencing hearing today, her mum Susan Miller said: "I can’t sleep properly at night because I have nightmares of him being on top of Jodi, attacking and murdering her. "I see Jodi screaming and shouting for me to help but I can’t get to her to save her. This is like reliving the incident. "I can’t escape the pain and horror even when I sleep." Karar was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years and 117 days on Thursday after admitting murdering Jodi at a … [Read more...] about Mum’s living nightmare of not being able to save murdered Jodi
Should prostitution be legalized
“ARE YOU getting enough satisfaction in your bedroom?” purrs the narrator of a recent advert for IKEA, a Swedish retailer. If not, the “IKEA Kama Sutra” has the solution: loft beds for those who “are not afraid to be on top”; lustrous duvet covers to bring “feelings of ecstasy”. Swedes have a reputation for being pro-sex. Yet Sweden’s prostitution laws are surprisingly illiberal—and increasingly being copied elsewhere. The Netherlands is the latest country to flirt with the Swedish model. In 1999 Sweden banned the purchase—but not the sale—of sex. A curious coalition of feminists and Christians backed the law. They argued that it would wipe out prostitution by eliminating demand, and that this would be a good thing because all sex work is exploitative. Anyone selling sex is a victim, even if she denies it. As for the men who pay for sex, they are predators who should be punished, campaigners believe. Get our … [Read more...] about The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading
Calls have been made for an official red light district to be declared in Sheffield – in the hope it will make the sex industry safer and take it off the city’s main streets. The sex industry, often referred to as ‘the oldest trade in the world’, is mostly hidden in Sheffield in the grey areas of the law or behind strict licensing rules. But some have said unlicensed operators are enabling criminal activity including exploitation and trafficking.Businessman David Slater, managing director of Attercliffe-based property firm Spaces Sheffield, said: “The root cause of prostitution is the men that use them, if they didn’t there wouldn’t be any prostitutes. But you aren’t ever going to stop men having those kinds of urges and willing to pay for it. You’re never going to get rid of it. So my view is you manage it.”Under current UK law, it is legal to be a prostitute privately, behind closed … [Read more...] about Should Sheffield have a red light district?
Some campaigners and businessman have called for an official red light district to make the sex industry safer and to take it off high streets. The sex industry, often referred to as ‘the oldest trade in the world’, is mostly hidden in Sheffield in the grey areas of the law or behind strict licensing rules. But some have said those that are unlicensed are enabling criminal activity including exploitation and trafficking.David Slater, managing director of Spaces Sheffield, said: “The root cause of prostitution is the men that use them, if they didn’t there wouldn’t be any prostitutes. But you aren’t ever going to stop men having those kinds of urges and willing to pay for it. You’re never going to get rid of it. So my view is you manage it.”Under current UK law, it is legal to be a private prostitute but illegal to run a brothel, pimp someone out or be a street prostitute, meaning much of the industry goes under the radar.Mr … [Read more...] about Should Sheffield have an official red light district?
0 Have your say The woman at the centre of a growing debate over the impact on women’s rights of trans people’s self-identification, has admitted she expects protests when she speaks at two events in Scotland this week, including at the Scottish Parliament. Meghan Murphy, a radical feminist from Canada, who was banned from Twitter after alleged “transphobic” comments, will address MSPs and other guests in Holyrood this Wednesday after being invited by SNP MSP Joan McAlpine. She is also due to speak at an event organised by women’s rights organisation ForWomenScot in Glasgow on Friday.In an exclusive interview with Scotland on Sunday, Murphy told how her life has changed dramatically since she started to raise questions about law changes around trans issues, losing work and dividing her friends, and how she now fears for her personal safety.Murphy – a bête noir of the trans rights movement – says younger women have … [Read more...] about Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy ‘won’t be silenced’ in Scotland