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?
Why prostitution should not be legalized
PC Chris May is officially the south Stonehouse neighbourhood beat manager, but his ‘other’ job includes being the ‘prostitute liaison officer’. Pc May is assisted in his work by PCSO Jules Greer and a handful of Special Constables. Working girls, hookers, prostitutes – the terms are immaterial. For him and his small team, the focus of their job is primarily ensuring those who practise the trade are safe from serious harm, but also ensuring those who participate in the trade are dealt with via the legal process. Pc May, when we met him in November 2010, said guidelines from the Association of Chief Police Officers had simple terms of reference: to view working girls as victims and punters as offenders. He said: “The Government changed the legislation, which we’ve been enforcing since 2008. The emphasis is on making the offence – and the offender – more public. “Before April this year it was illegal to solicit for or near a … [Read more...] about Squirming men try to explain being caught in red light district
Standing on a cold and dimly street corner in the back streets of Grimsby's industrial heartland, around 20 local women sell their bodies for as little as £10 so that they can fund their drug habits, keep a roof over their head and in some dire cases just feed their children. GrimsbyLive has spent the past few weeks speaking with prostitutes who have told us exactly what life is really like walking the streets of the town's red light district, where they risk assault, rape and even kidnap attempts. Stretching from Railway Street to Orwell Street, the red light district is a surprisingly busy network of back streets that comprises mainly of fish processing factories and taxi offices. But from 5pm onwards it is home to another type of industry, as the local prostitutes stake out their patch in an attempt to flag down their punters, offering sex for as little as just £10 to £15 in some desperate cases. They try and charge £40 if they are able to. There are a variety of … [Read more...] about Living under the red light: The life of Grimsby’s prostitutes
New York City is reportedly starting a task force to prepare for the full legalization of recreational marijuana, with the mayor now saying that it’s likely to occur “in the near future.” But has the American experiment with pot legalization gone too far? For all my libertarian upbringing, I am starting to take umbrage at a situation where marijuana is sold openly on some streets, “medical” prescriptions in California are ridiculously easy to get, and too many city sidewalks are full of that unmistakable smell. (Hello, San Francisco and Venice Beach!)To be clear, my fundamental moral view is that no one should ever go to prison for ingesting marijuana or for selling it to others, minors aside. Individuals have a right to do what they wish with their own bodies, provided they are not aggressing on the comparable rights of others. That logic holds for marijuana, and I have been greatly heartened that American opinion has shifted against sending people to … [Read more...] about Legalize Pot, But Don’t Normalize It
Sex trafficking is taking place on an “industrial scale” across England and Wales as the government’s strategy for tackling the issue fails to deliver, new research claims. MPs called for the criminalisation of paying for sex after research found so-called “pop-up brothels” – premises rented for short periods of time to sexually exploit women – were widespread, with hundreds of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties in order to be sexually exploited by British men. The inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade found the practice was being enabled by “prostitution procurement websites” such as Adultwork, and driven by a minority of UK men who pay for sex. Read more Ex-prostitutes should not be forced to reveal convictions, rules court Police officer arrested on suspicion of inciting … [Read more...] about Sex trafficking taking place on an ‘industrial scale’ as government strategy ‘failing’, MPs warn