Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Rape-Kit Backlog Results in Lawsuits Against Police Departments

© Finbarr O'Reilly
© Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

The backlog of evidence taken from the bodies of sexual assault victims after attacks is a national problem. But a San Francisco woman hopes to send a message to the police department that waited two years to test her kit by taking both the city and those who handled her case to court.

Heather Marlowe’s rape kit was one of an estimated 400,000 nationwide that went untested, according to the US Department of Justice. After having a rape kit collected after a 2010 sexual assault, it took two years for it to be tested and another four for her to learn that they had done so.

In fact, she was only informed that her kit lacked sufficient evidence when she sued the city of San Francisco, California along with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) over mishandling the investigation in January. With that action, she became one of many frustrated women who are taking police departments to court over the low priority their claims are given.

Marlowe is suing the city, the president of the SFPD, the chief of police, the deputy chief of police and the officer that handled her case. She claims that the plaintiffs violated her right to due process and equal protection under both the US Constitution and the California Constitution.

The city argued that Marlowe cannot claim gender-based discrimination because there is no evidence that they handle rape kits collected from men any differently. Marlowe's attorney, Alexander Zalkin, is not concerned about this argument: "The statistics show that 90 percent of sexual or rape crimes are against women. When you take a step back, this is almost universally affecting women,” he told Vice.

In California, rape kits are legally required to be tested within 14 days of DNA collection and the information must be uploaded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System – or CODIS, a national database of offenders’ DNA.

While that might be the rule, it does not mean that it is always followed.

“The 14 days that it was supposed to take for my kit to be processed turned into 868 days," Marlowe told the San Francisco Police Commission during a meeting in 2013, Vice reported. "I got to a point where following up [and] trying to attain any information was becoming very frustrating and re-traumatizing, because I was continually being told that my kit was not a priority."

While this rule may help victims going forward, it has done little to ease the backlog of untested rape kits in San Francisco where some date back to the 1980s, according to a 2013 investigation by ABC Bay Area channel KGO.

Marlowe is far from the first victim to feel this frustration or to take legal action as a result. In 2014, three rape victims filed a lawsuit against the City of Memphis, Tennessee; Shelby County; police director Toney Armstrong; former director Larry Godwin; District Attorney Amy Weirich; and convicted rapist Anthony Alliano, among others.

The three victims ‒ Meaghan Ybos, Madison Graves and Rachel Johnson ‒ each had evidence from reported rapes collected and “transported to the City of Memphis, Shelby County and its agents for testing, evidentiary and custodial purposes,” the lawsuit claims.

However, in the years it took for the kits to actually be tested, “total spoilage or a significant degree of spoilage had likely occurred such that the submission of the evidence had been effectively rendered a nullity,” the lawsuit reads.

Ybos was 16-years-old when she was attacked by Alliano, but when she reported the crime immediately after the rape, she was met with disbelief: “The inquiries focused largely on her and presupposed the falsity of her story rather than on the particular facts relevant to the assault.”

In addition, she was also assured that her kit would be tested in a timely manner. This was the basis for her consenting to have evidence removed from her genital areas, as the lawsuit explains, “it was never contemplated nor imagined that said rape kit would be misplaced, discarded or otherwise forgotten about. No such disclaimer was made.”

Both Graves and Johnson received similar treatment from the police, and Alliano was only caught when he attempted to use a credit card he stole from Johnson after her attack.

The treatment these three women received from investigating officers is not restricted to Memphis. Marlowe told Vice that police told her that she "should not have been out partying with the rest of the city on the day she was drugged, kidnapped, and forcibly raped."

This is an excellent example of the Culture of Rape in America.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) found that police officers in Baltimore engaged in similar conversations with sexual assault victims, such as asking victims, “Why are you messing that guy’s life up?” according to their report on the Baltimore Police Department.

Astonishing! No concern that the 'guy' had just messed up her life. Someone is in the wrong business.

The report also notes Baltimore’s rape kit backlog, saying “BPD detectives request testing of rape kits in fewer than one in five of BPD’s adult sexual assault cases, leaving these rape kits to sit untested in BPD’s evidence collection unit.”

Last year, seven women in Harvey, Illinois settled a lawsuit against the city that claimed it had spent years mishandling sexual assault cases. Arguing that the Chicago suburb had violated their civil rights as women, six of the women received $241,250. One woman received $1.2 million after the department was found to have egregiously mishandled her case. Due to the department’s errors, the stepdaughter of a Cook County correctional officer was molested for years, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Many of Harvey’s sexual assault cases were not solved until Cook County prosecutors seized evidence from Harvey and tested it themselves.

The need for rape kit testing was highlighted in a 2016 study that examined 900 untested rape kits from Detroit, Michigan and found 259 CODIS profile matches, 69 of whom were serial rapists.

Those numbers were not a fluke. A 2015 study from The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP) tested 1,595 kits in Detroit, and found that almost half of them had CODIS eligible profiles, 28 percent were linked to already existing CODIS profiles and 8 percent of the tests examined matched serial sexual assaults.


While numerous women find it necessary to battle police departments and local governments in court, the DOJ announced on Monday that it would allocate over $38 million to testing preexisting sexual assault kits.

They will have their work cut out for them. On Thursday, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced that the Big Sky State will begin testing 1,400 rape kits that date back to 1994.

Priest, Special Needs Aide, and Mexican Brothers On Today's P&P List

Moses Lake man caught during Washington State Patrol child sex abuse operation
By Cameron Probert 

OLYMPIA – A man was reportedly caught arranging to have sex with a minor.

Travis P. Green, a 30-year-old Moses Lake resident, is charged in Thurston County Superior Court with:

Two counts of attempted rape of a child in the first degree
Attempted rape of a child in the second degree
Commercial sex abuse of a minor

Bail was set at $200,000 and he is in custody in the Thurston County Jail.

Green allegedly responded to an ad for an “incest family” posted by Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, according to court records. He reportedly began sending text messages to detectives posing as the mother of a 13-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl.

He allegedly offered $100 to have intercourse with the girls, and described several sex acts he wanted the children to perform.

Green reportedly drove from Moses Lake to Tumwater (Olympia) on Sept. 26, according to court records. The detectives had Green purchase a drink in a store while he was under surveillance, before directing him to an address where he was arrested.

When he was interviewed, the defendant allegedly admitted to molesting other children, and being a sexual predator.

The Olympian reports Green was the 23rd person caught in the Washington State Patrol’s child sex abuse sting operation.






Horrendous sex-abuse case ends with conviction
By NATALIE ST. JOHN  EO Media Group

SOUTH BEND, Wash. — A former Ocean Park man who sexually abused a child has been found guilty of 18 separate felony charges.

When John Keone Lopaka Aylward, 46, is sentenced on Oct. 7, he faces the possibility of life in prison, according to Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain.

Through his investigation, Deputy Sean Eastham learned that Aylward had been showing sexually explicit images to the younger child. While executing a search warrant on the home, deputies discovered a memory card hidden in a hutch in the family’s living room that contained numerous pornographic images of children, including recordings of Aylward having intercourse with the girl. Deputies also found firearms, which Aylward, a convicted felon, was not allowed to possess. Aylward denied abusing the child at first, but eventually confessed to Eastham, and blamed the abuse “on his meth use and being tempted by Satan,” according to a probable cause statement.

Aylward, who allegedly ran an illegal, unlicensed tattoo business out of his home, was charged with first-degree incest, first-degree rape of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

Aylward decided to waive his right to a jury trial, electing instead to have Superior Court Judge Michael Sullivan decide the case.

Sullivan listened to two days of testimony in September from the victim, forensic experts, police and others, and reviewed the video evidence, before returning guilty verdicts on six counts of first-degree rape of a child, six counts of first-degree incest, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and one count each of dealing in child pornography, possessing child pornography, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

McClain said securing testimony and documentation from experts can be challenging in a rural community, but is extremely important for prosecuting child-abuse cases.

“These are awful, gut-wrenching trials, not only because of the subject matter, but also because children do not often tell their story clearly. That is why the interviews and investigation make or break these cases,” McClain said. Currently, there is no local facility to perform the required physical examinations and forensic interviews. In this case, McClain said, he was able to arrange for the victim to undergo both examinations in Lewis County on the same day. However, in the past, local kids have often had to travel to Grays Harbor for the interview, and then make a second trip to Olympia for the examination.

“This was very difficult for these kids, especially for those living on the peninsula,” McClain said. However, he noted that the situation is improving, saying the prosecutor’s office has been working with the local nonprofit crime and abuse victims advocacy group Crisis Support Network to establish a local Children’s Advocacy Center. McClain said the Pacific County Department of Health recently became involved in the effort, and the Advocacy Center is close to becoming a reality.


McClain praised the deputies and forensic experts for building a strong case against Aylward, and said special recognition should go to the girl who was courageous enough to report the crimes, and the Crisis Support Network, who worked with the victim and made her comfortable enough to tell her story.

    South Bend, WA





2 brothers indicted on child sex abuse charges in Wilson County
WKRN web staff

Ramiro Limon; Fernando Limon (Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)
Ramiro Limon; Fernando Limon (Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two brothers have been arrested and indicted on multiple child sex abuse charges following an investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshal’s Task Force.

Fernando Limon, 23, and Ramiro Limon, 28, each face four counts of rape of a child.

Both were arrested in Antioch, Tennessee on September 20.

Detectives said the case was especially egregious because it involved children “considerably younger” than the 13-year-old age limit sentencing guidelines involving adults charged with sex crimes involving children.

Both men are being held at the Wilson County jail under $150,000 bond. They also have a hold placed against them by federal immigration officials because they are Mexican nationals and not citizens of the United States.

If convicted, the suspects face up to 25 years in prison on each count of child rape involving a child less than 13 years of age. They could also be deported without the ability to re-enter the United States without Federal prosecution.






State rests in Texas child sex abuse trial
By Field Walsh 

The state rested its case Wednesday afternoon in the trial of a Little Rock man accused of sexual misconduct with a 6-year-old Bowie County girl in 2013.

Strodney Deron Davis, 21, faces two to 20 years in prison if convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact involving a relative who turned 10 in July and who was 6 in June 2013. The girl answered questions from Bowie County Assistant District Attorney Kate Carter.

“He called it the handshake,” the girl testified about a night in her family’s Wake Village, Texas, home while Davis was visiting from June 23, 2013, to June 28, 2013.

The girl said Davis told her to keep the handshake a secret and that he engaged in sexual misconduct with her in a hotel bathroom in Little Rock, Ark., where Davis lives, during the same month. Bowie County First Assistant Public Defender questioned the girl about differences and inconsistencies in answers she gave during a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana in July 2013 and during her testimony.

While some details differed, the allegation concerning a handshake remained the same. The girl told forensic interviewer Melanie Halbrook in 2013 that she had gotten out of bed to get a tissue because her nose was bleeding. On the stand Wednesday, the girl said she was getting a tissue because her nose was stuffy.

Halbrook testified that the girl did not appear to have been coached when she met with her in 2013 and that the descriptions she gave of Davis’ alleged conduct seemed genuine.

The girl’s father testified that his daughter came to him in July 2013 and disclosed the alleged abuse. The father and his wife, the girl’s mother, went to Wake Village police immediately, they testified. Officer Christy Whisenhunt, who currently works for Texas A&M police, testified she was a Wake Village detective when the girl’s family reported the allegations against Davis. Whisenhunt said she arranged to interview Davis but he did not show for the July 22 meeting and did not reschedule. Whisenhunt agreed under questioning from Williams that Davis has the right not to answer questions.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Kathy Lach testified the girl described sexual misconduct by Davis to her several days after her parents went to the authorities. Lach said the nature of the abuse alleged would have not left evidence, such as DNA, even if the girl had been examined within hours of such contact.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd rested the case for the state Wednesday afternoon. Williams called four witnesses for the defense before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek Jr. adjourned the trial for an evening recess.

The witnesses Williams called include Davis’ uncle, Davis’ brother, and two women who described themselves as close friends of Davis’ mother who have known him for substantial periods of his life. All of the defense witnesses described Davis as a well-mannered person who behaves appropriately around children.

The trial is expected to continue Thursday morning with more testimony from defense witnesses. Once both sides have closed their cases, the jury of four men and eight women will hear closing arguments before beginning deliberations.


If convicted, Davis faces two to 20 years in prison. He is currently free on a $40,000 bond.

    Bowie Co., TX




Maryland school bus aide charged with sexual abuse of two special-needs children
(WUSA9) By Lynh Bui and Donna St. George 

A Prince George’s County school-bus aide has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse and sexual abuse in connection with incidents involving two young students with special needs.

Michael Paul Patopie, 38, of Capitol Heights, is accused of inappropriately touching a 4- and 5-year-old while working on a bus that serves special-needs children, according to charging documents filed in Prince George's County District Court.

Patopie was arrested Tuesday morning, according to county police.

The woman who drove the bus reported two incidents to authorities that occurred on Nov. 19 and May 31, saying she occasionally saw Patopie kiss the 5-year-old child, documents state. The student’s mother said her child reported inappropriate touching, police allege in court papers.

The 4-year-old’s great-aunt said she noticed that the child’s pants were “open multiple times when getting off the bus,” charging documents state.

Video footage from the bus captured on Nov. 19 shows Patopie sitting next to the 4-year-old, according to court documents. Although his hand is out of view, the video shows Patopie touching the child, the records state. After the child is dropped off, Patopie touches the 5-year-old in a similar manner, puts the child on his lap and kisses the child’s forehead, police allege.

Kevin M. Maxwell, chief executive for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said in a statement Tuesday that he is seeking to fire Patopie immediately, given his arrest.

“I am horrified by the nature of these crimes, sickened and angry that this individual may have preyed upon our students,” Maxwell said in the statement. “We will cooperate fully with our law enforcement partners to ensure that he is held accountable. Our focus remains on providing all children with a quality education in a safe learning environment.”

The bus aide and a supervisor were placed on administrative leave during the first week of school in August after Maxwell learned of the allegations, school officials have earlier said.

John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, said the case is under investigation and prosecutors would file more charges if there is evidence of additional victims.

“Certainly anytime that children are victims, it tears at our hearts,” Erzen said.

The father of a 4-year-old who thinks his child was molested but was not one of the victims who Patopie was charged with abusing told The Washington Post this month that it was “unacceptable” that school officials did not inform the family of the November incident until August. On Tuesday, he said he was glad to hear of the charges but continued to question the process.

“I just thank God they finally locked him up,” he said.

Patopie is being held on a $300,000 bond and is scheduled for a bail review Wednesday, prosecutors said. When reached by phone, Patopie’s mother declined to comment, and online court records do not list an attorney for him.

The charges against the bus aide follow a string of child-abuse allegations in Prince George’s public schools.

In February, elementary school volunteer Deonte Carraway was indicted on 270 counts of child pornography and related charges after allegedly recording children as young as 9 performing sex acts both on and off campus. Cases against him are pending.

More recently, federal authorities revoked a $6.4 million grant from the county after finding corporal punishment and humiliation of children in the district’s Head Start preschool program.

Last week, police said they were investigating a separate allegation of physical abuse on a school bus of an adult student who attends a special-needs school in Mitchellville. The incident occurred the morning of Sept. 1, outside the C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School.

    Prince George Co., MD




Former Florida man's retrial begins in
child sexual abuse case

Leonard Cuminotto, 49, sits in a Palm Beach County courtroom Tuesday during jury selection for his retrial on four child sex crime charges. Cuminotto was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 55 years in prison, but an appellate court later granted him a new trial. The second trial began Wednesday. (Marc Freeman/Sun Sentinel)

Marc Freeman Contact Reporter  Sun Sentinel

A Palm Beach County jury on Wednesday began hearing testimony in the case of a man on trial for the second time on four charges of sexually abusing a girl in Boynton Beach between 2004 and 2007.

Leonard Cuminotto, 49, was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 55 years in prison. But a state appellate court later awarded him a new trial after ruling his lawyer was unfairly denied extra time to prepare a defense.

After attempts in recent years to serve as his own attorney because of a stated distrust of the criminal justice system, Cuminotto is now represented by court-appointed attorney Jacob Noble.

In his opening statement to the jury, Noble said prosecutors have no evidence of any abuse and are relying solely on lies by the accuser. "These are nothing but false accusations," Noble said, adding the accuser's statements have had inconsistencies. "This is an ugly, ugly case."

Cuminotto last year told a judge that his "rights have been conspired against since the beginning of this case," and he should be set free.

Instead, Cuminotto has remained in custody still facing two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation; lewd or lascivious exhibition; and sexual activity with a child between 12 and 17 years old. The alleged incidents include masturbating in front of the girl and touching her breasts.

A former stay-at-home dad, Cuminotto once rejected a plea offer of four years in prison. The allegations surfaced in 2008 when Boynton Beach Police received a complaint from a caller in Michigan, claiming Cuminotto molested a 12- or 13-year-old girl over several months in 2007.

Later, prosecutors amended the charges to accuse the defendant of abusing the girl over a five-year period beginning in 2002.

The Sun Sentinel is not identifying the accuser because of the nature of the allegations.

On Wednesday, the accuser, now 22, testified she was sexually abused by Cuminotto since age 11 when she was in the fifth grade and Cuminotto asked her to touch his genitalia. She also said she suffered pain after forced vaginal penetration during one incident.

"I always tried to fight him off," she said. "He would always win."

The accuser said she delayed reporting the abuse because she had been too intimidated by Cuminotto and concerned about his threats to commit suicide. The accuser also testified during Cuminotto's first trial, when he was convicted of four charges and acquitted of three others.

The defense then did not put on any evidence. But for the retrial, Noble says he will be calling witnesses.

Since the first trial, Cuminotto has argued the claims have been contradicted by two medical exam reports. One, from a Michigan physician, indicates there were no physical signs of sexual abuse, the defendant said.

But prosecutors Brianna Coakley and Justin Hoover have countered that the reports don't absolve Cuminotto of blame.

"He told her if she ever told anyone about these things he would kill himself," Coakley told the jury Wednesday.

The evidence, over the defense's objection, includes a recorded phone call between the accuser and Cuminotto prior to his arrest.

On the call, Cuminotto cried and apologized, said he didn't want to hurt the child, and talked about turning himself in to authorities. But nothing specific about the alleged abuse is cited on the call, which also was played for the jury at the first trial.

Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes is now presiding over the case, which has been assigned to different judges since its inception. He said the trial should conclude by the end of the week.

    Boynton Beach, FL





Former altar boy coordinator charged with
child rape, sex abuse
KRISTIN TOUSSAINT

Prosecutors say the former priest used his position to
"groom and sexually assault" his victim.

A former priest who once served as an altar boy coordinator at St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester was arraigned Wednesday on charges of rape and assault related to incidents from the 1980s and 1990s. 

Michael Walsh, who will be 80 years old on Friday, allegedly used his position in the church and as a coach with the Cedar Grove Baseball League “to gain access to, groom, and ultimately sexually assault” a boy while he was the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office.

Walsh was indicted earlier this month on two counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered him to wear a GPS monitor, remain in Massachusetts and surrender his passport while the case was pending.

In 2006, Massachusetts legislation was passed that eliminated the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases. In such cases, prosecutors are required to come forward with "objective, corroborative evidence" of the abuse if it occurred more than 27 years earlier, the DA's office said.

Walsh also resided outside of Massachusetts for extended periods of time between the alleged abuse and the indictment, which stopped "the proverbial clock" on the statute of limitations, according to the DA's office.

The victim, now in his late 30s, came forward to law enforcement earlier this year, officials said.

“Changes in the statute of limitations law for child sexual abuse cases help us, but it means nothing without the bravery of abuse survivors who overcome their fear and shame to disclose trauma,” Conley said in a statement. “Survivors, young or old, should know that they can always count on us to help, support, and speak for them.”

Walsh allegedly took the victim and other children out to eat and to the movies. The alleged abuse took place in Walsh's car, home and office, according to the DA's office.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Polin of the Child Protection Unit told the court that Walsh was ordained as a priest but relieved of those duties in 2002 after being accused of abuse that took place while he was assigned to the St. Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown. 

Those allegations are not related to the current Suffolk County indictment, the DA's office said.

    Dorchester, MA

Princess Madeleine of Sweden: Why I’m Campaigning to End Child Sex Abuse


By Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Ending the cycle begins with parental action

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 60,000 children were sexually abused in the United States in 2014.

Globally, 18% of women and 8% of men report being victims of childhood sexual abuse. Despite these astronomical numbers, child sexual abuse is rarely discussed and solutions do not adequately address the public health crisis affecting such a large number of children.

We know that children who are sexually abused are at a greater risk for later mental health and anxiety syndromes, including depression and suicidal thoughts. The societal and economic consequences of not addressing the problem, or investing in prevention of, sexual abuse of children are grave. In 1999, my mother decided to use her voice to speak about children’s rights and founded the World Childhood Foundation, which has since funded more than 1,000 projects in 20 countries. I have always admired my mother’s courage and aim to continue her work in combatting child sexual abuse. Now as a mother of two, I am even more determined to help create a world free from sexual abuse for all children in our lifetime.

But it is not our children’s obligation to keep themselves safe. We, as adults, have an obligation to ensure that our children are surrounded by child protectors.

Child sexual abuse thrives in silence. The first step in combatting sexual abuse is removing the stigma from discussing the abuse, which requires learning the facts, talking about it with our children and investing in prevention.

Learn the facts. We live in a digital world and it is crucial that technology is integrated in our fight. The new mobile app “Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit” provides tools and educational resources for adults to prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse.

Talk about it. Create a safe environment to talk to your child about sexual abuse, including body safety, anatomical language and personal boundaries.

Recognize the signs. The most common signs of sexual abuse are emotional and behavioral changes, such as “too perfect” behavior, withdrawal, fear, depression, unexplained anger and rebellion. Indirect physical signs can include anxiety, chronic stomach pain and headaches.

React responsibly. If a child shares that they have been abused, stay calm, praise the child’s courage and listen.

As a new school year begins, let us commit together to keep our #EyesWideOpen and ensure that we keep the children in our lives safe from all forms of violence.

Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden works with the World Childhood Foundation and is the creator of the #EyesWideOpen initiative, to mobilize people to take action against childhood sexual assault.

And God bless her for it!

Berlin Police Shoot & Kill Refugee as He Attacks 8yo Daughter's Alleged Sexual Abuser

Double tragedy for one young family of migrants
© Reuters
© Reuters

German police shot and killed a refugee at a shelter in Berlin after he tried to attack a man who allegedly sexually abused his eight-year-old daughter. An investigation has been launched into the man's death.

Authorities led the accused suspect, a 27-year-old Pakistani man, (Pakistani - who would ever believe that?) to a police car in handcuffs on Tuesday evening, following the accusation of sexual abuse. As he was sitting in the vehicle, the young girl's Iraqi father rushed towards the car with a knife. Witnesses cited by the International Business Times said they heard the father screaming, “you will not survive this!”

Three officers opened fire on the father, claiming he ignored multiple calls to stop. He was treated on the spot and taken to hospital, where he died from his wounds several hours later.

"Yesterday evening, police officers shot a 29-year-old attacker in Moabit," Berlin police said in a statement on Wednesday, as quoted by Deutsche Welle.

"A 27-year-old man against whom there is suspicion of sexual abuse was arrested and brought into a police vehicle. While he was sitting in the vehicle, the 29-year-old man carrying a knife stormed out of the shelter towards the man in the car. He ignored multiple calls to stop, after which several police officers shot at the man."

An investigation has been launched into his death by the Berlin police's homicide division. Investigations are automatic anytime a German police officer opens fire.

The father had three children between the ages of three and eight, Sascha Langenbach, a spokesman for the city authorities, told Deutsche Welle.

 Video - German - 2:25

Langenbach added that his family has been moved to another shelter, and that authorities “have made sure that the mother and children will be cared for psychologically and medically.”

How horrible! A young mother with young children, one of which was raped, the father now dead; she is alone with her children in a foreign country with no idea what will happen to them now. She must be wondering if they would have been better off staying in Iraq. How tragic! Please pray for this poor family.

It's not the first instance of alleged sexual abuse to take place at an asylum shelter in Germany. In July, a member of the left-wing Die Linke party told German parliament there had been 128 allegations of children being sexually abused at refugee centers in the first quarter of 2016.

Also in July, the German parliament unanimously passed a tougher law on sex offenses, making any form of non-consensual sexual contact a crime, and easing the deportation procedure for refugees involved in sexual assaults. The vote followed a string of sexual assaults on New Year's Eve, which were allegedly committed by men from North Africa and the Middle East.

In April, the country launched a €200 million ($225mn) initiative to safeguard women and children against sexual assaults and trauma in refugee centers. 

The tactic of keeping large numbers of refugees in large shelters has been slammed by the Berlin Refugee Council and other organizations which claim the procedure leads to social problems and conflicts, and hinders integration.

However, Langenbach stressed on Wednesday that he thinks there are also conflicts when people aren't kept in mass shelters.

“Considering the fact that last year a million people came to Germany, I think looking at the larger picture, there have been relatively few incidents,” he said.

Germany continues to deal with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, which brought more than one million asylum seekers to the country in 2015. Most of the refugees hail from Syria, where a civil war has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced 12 million others since 2011, according to UN figures.

14 y/o Girl Abducted and Raped by Two Men on Her Way to School in Oxford

Police warning parents to make sure their children
don't walk alone

FILE PHOTO © Darren Staples
FILE PHOTO © Darren Staples / Reuters

A teenager was kidnapped by two men on her walk to school on a busy Oxford street on Wednesday morning and “subjected to a serious sexual assault,” possibly inside a car, before she was found alone, knocking on doors, four hours later.

The 14-year-old girl was wearing her school uniform when she was abducted by two white men driving a silver car. She was later found over a mile away from where she was taken.

Thames Valley Police have launched an appeal for witnesses and warned parents to make sure their children travel to school in groups. Extra police officers will be patrolling the area until the suspects are found.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are carrying out extensive inquiries,” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Steel said.

“But I would appreciate the public’s help in relation to this very serious incident.

“This happened in what would have been a very busy area at this time of the day and I appeal to anybody who was in that area and saw an incident which matches the above report to call police immediately. It is possible you may have witnessed this incident and may not have realized the severity of the situation.”

His colleague Detective Superintendent Chris Ward said the girl, who is now under specialized care, was extremely traumatized by the incident. He added he did not believe she knew her attackers and was “possibly hugged” rather than dragged into the car.

The local policing area commander for Oxford, Superintendent Christian Blunt, argued the attack had been a “very concerning incident for all involved.”

“I would also ask people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious”, he added.

Ward councillor Elizabeth Wade described it as “every parent’s nightmare.”

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Child Porn Live Streams And Sex Tapes Are Growing Cyber Crimes, Europol Says


BY CORTNEY DRAKEFORD

The live streaming of child pornography is on the rise in Europe. The cyber crime targets vulnerable children who fall victim to sexual predators, the European Union’s law enforcement agency announced Wednesday.

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Europol released a list detailing eight trends that are becoming the norm in the underworld of cybercrime in some EU countries. Among them was online child sexual abuse. “The use of end-to-end encrypted platforms for sharing media, coupled with the use of largely anonymous payment systems, has facilitated an escalation in the live streaming of child abuse,” the report said.

Live streaming of child sex abuse “involves a perpetrator directing the live abuse of children on a [pre-arranged] specific time frame through video sharing platforms,” Europol said in its 72-page report. “The abuse can be ‘tailored’ to the requests of the soliciting offender[s] and recorded.”

Darknet

Most of the illegal activities take pace in the Darknet, according to the annual cyber organized crime assessment report released at Europol Headquarters in The Hauge. The Darknet was described as something that “continues to enable criminals involved in a range of illicit activities, such as the exchange of child sexual exploitation material.”

The report also warned of other threats: “The extent to which extremist groups currently use cyber techniques to conduct attacks are limited, but the availability of cybercrime tools and services, and illicit commodities such as firearms on the Darknet, provides opportunity for this to change.”

Revenge porn

Another cyber crime known as “revenge porn" is also seeing an increasing presence online. It consists of the release of sexually explicit images online without the consent of the other person in order to cause the victim distress or harm.

Europol plans to distribute informational videos into schools across Europe that will spotlight the growing cyber crimes. In the past, child abuse videos were initially streamed in Southeast Asia but recent reports have shown that it has begun to spread to other countries.

Good. Schools really need to teach children, especially young girls, of the myriad dangers of internet sexual exploitation.

UK Child Sex Inquiry Suffers Another Serious Blow

Secrecy over announcement that lead lawyer Ben Emmerson QC is to be put under investigation raises concerns among victims’ groups

Ben Emmerson QC
Ben Emmerson QC has been suspended from duty on the public inquiry into child abuse, a statement said. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Sandra Laville and Owen Bowcott

The most senior lawyer on the public inquiry into institutional child abuse in England and Wales was suddenly suspended on Wednesday over what the inquiry said were concerns over aspects of his leadership.

Ben Emmerson QC had been expected to resign in the coming days, apparently over disagreements over the remit of the inquiry under its fourth chair, Alexis Jay. But in a move that surprised those close to the discussions, the inquiry announced late on Wednesday that Emmerson, a respected human rights lawyer, was to be suspended and put under investigation.

“The inquiry has recently become very concerned about aspects of Mr Emmerson’s leadership of the counsel team,” the statement from the independent inquiry said.

“He has therefore been suspended from duty so that these can be properly investigated. Suggestions in the press that Mr Emmerson was considering resigning after raising disagreements over the future direction of the inquiry are untrue. They are not a matter on which he has advised the chair or panel.”

Whatever the reasons behind Emmerson’s suspension, the apparent secrecy surrounding events is the latest issue to cause concern among victims’ groups.

Lawyers acting for Emmerson said: “Mr Emmerson has read this evening on the internet that he has been suspended from the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. If, and when, allegations are put to him, he will respond appropriately.”

An inquiry spokeswoman refused to elaborate when asked why Emmerson had been suspended and what allegations had been made about his behaviour.

Denmark Reverses Decision on Separating Refugee ‘Child Brides’ from Partners in Asylum Centers

Just one of the many dilemmas created
by the mass influx of a culture that is
diametrically opposed to western values

FILE PHOTO © Claus Fisker
FILE PHOTO © Claus Fisker / Reuters

Denmark has acknowledged that its earlier decision to separate married couples in refugee centers if a spouse happened to be below the age of 18 violated international conventions, with local MPs calling it “completely outrageous.”

Now that the decision has been reversed, the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) will reunite several married couples who have been forced to live separately for over six months. The country’s Integration Ministry earlier revealed that there were up to 27 minors living as part of married couples in the Danish asylum system.

Child brides “cried, fainted and threatened to commit suicide” when separated from their partners, Denmark’s Metroxpress daily reported in June.

“In some of these cases it has been estimated that it would not be compatible with Denmark’s international obligations to maintain the separate living accommodations, thus these couples have been offered to be housed together,” DIS wrote in an official response to a parliamentary enquiry.

Josephine Fock, who raised the issue in parliament, welcomed the reversal.

“It is completely outrageous. We are talking about people who have fled to Denmark who are being split from each other. Some of them have children together and investigating individual [asylum] cases takes an unbelievably long time,” Fock, an MP for The Alternative (a green political party) told Denmark’s Metroxpress daily.

She's right to a point. Separating a child from her 'partner' (I don't think that is the right word here, a child bride is unlikely to be anywhere close to equal with her adult husband, so a partnership is a poor description of the relationship), is obviously traumatic and leaves the child frightened, alone, possibly with babies, and vulnerable. 

On the other hand, it is already giving in to a separate legal system for migrants, making Sharia one step closer to reality.

See also: Legally Married Child Brides are OK with Home Office
Child Brides Sometimes Tolerated in Nordic Asylum Centers Despite Bans
Germany to Write New Law to Stem the Flood of Child Brides

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg said in February that married refugees aged under 18 and entering the country would be separated from their spouses. The decision came in the wake of a Metroxpress report of 14-year-old brides living in asylum centers in Denmark.

Støjberg stated in a press release that underage spouses already living in the country will be separated from their husbands, warning that couples arriving in Denmark will not be allowed to live together if one is a minor.

“It is totally unacceptable that there are currently minors living with their spouses or partners within the Danish asylum system, and I have asked the Immigration Service to immediately put a stop to it,” Støjberg said.

“Of course, we must ensure that young girls are not being forced to live in a relationship with an adult at the asylum centers,” she added.

Some 21,000 refugees entered Denmark in 2015, with the same number expected to apply for asylum in 2016. The number of migrants arriving in Denmark has, in fact, nearly tripled compared to three years ago. The country lies between the two most popular destinations for refugees in Europe – Germany and Sweden. In the wake of the migrant influx, Danish officials have tried to make the state less attractive for newcomers by cutting social benefits for refugees by 45 percent.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dubai - Rape, Murder, Child Sex Trafficking

Now, a Dubai App to Fight Human Trafficking 

The phone and computer app allows victims to report crimes and receive legal advice
Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Web Reporter, Gulf News



Dubai: Police have launched a smart app – the first of its kind in the region – to combat human trafficking.

How does it work?

The phone and computer app intends to help victims report these types of crimes through the click of a button.

Rebuilding shattered lives after human trafficking

Victims are requested to enter their personal data, ID number and e-mail address, and the type of required assistance. The person will then receive a text message, accompanied with a reference number, confirming that the complaint has been lodged with Dubai Police.

In a statement, Brig. Dr Mohammed Al Murr, Director-General of the General Directorate of Human Rights at Dubai Police, said that the service will help victims report human trafficking victims through the smart app, “so that police officials could reach out and provide them with assistance, including legal support.”

Brig Al Murr said that residents can also notify police through contacting them on e-mail at htccc@dubaipolice.gov.ae or by calling the hotline 800 5005 to report crimes related to human trafficking.

He added that the UAE has adopted a number of programmes, launched various campaigns and initiatives, as well as implementing stringent laws in the fight against human trafficking.

Number of human trafficking victims rescued in the UAE:

2009 - 38
2010 - 71
2011 - 43
2012 - 24
2013 - 23
2014 – 17

Why is the number decreasing, I wonder?




Convict denies kidnapping, raping boy

Prosecutors seek to uphold killer’s execution before Appeal Court

Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
Ebrahim Sudqi, father of the deceased child Obaida, along with his daughters Aya Ibrahim and Tala Ibrahim at his residence in Sharjah Industrial area.

Gulf News, Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A death row convict stunned a court on Sunday as he denied kidnapping and raping an eight-year-old boy on May 20 but pleaded guilty to murdering the victim.

In August, the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced 49-year-old Jordanian, Nidal Eisa Abdullah, to death for kidnapping, raping and killing the eight-year-old Jordanian boy, Obaida Sedqi, while he was drunk.

Prosecutors appealed the primary judgement and asked the Dubai Appeal Court to uphold the capital punishment against Abdullah, who also appealed and is seeking a reduced punishment.

“Did you kill the victim?” presiding judge Eisa Al Sharif asked the defendant.

“Yes, I did,” replied Abdullah.

Meanwhile, when asked if he had kidnapped and raped Obaida, the defendant entered a not guilty plea saying: “No, I did not.”

“You did not?” presiding judge Al Sharif asked again.

Thereafter, the defendant shook his head, maintaining that he didn’t rape or kill the eight-year-old.
The lawyer of Obaida’s family, Obaid Al Mazmi, produced in court a civil lawsuit in which he asked for the implementation of the capital sentence. He is also seeking Dh21,000 in temporary compensation against his clients’ emotional and moral damages.

“The court will appoint a lawyer to defend the accused when it reconvenes on October 9,” said the presiding judge.

Prosecutors had accused the defendant of kidnapping the boy on May 20 from his father’s garage in Sharjah and then raping and killing him in Al Mamzar. Earlier at the primary court, Abdullah admitted he raped and murdered Obaida but denied kidnapping the victim, who he said had willingly sat with him in the car.

He's really grasping at straws here. It's irrelevant whether the boy sat in the car with him willing or was even willing to go with him. The boy thought he was going to get a scooter, he certainly did not know that he would be going to get raped and murdered. 

Prosecutors said the last time the father saw Obaida alive was in Abdullah’s car at 5pm shortly before the latter decided to kidnap and rape the eight-year-old.

Court records said the accused lured the boy to his car by offering to buy him a scooter and then he drove to Al Mamzar area in Dubai.

There, he moved the victim to the back seat and had forced sex with him. He assaulted the boy before he strangled him with a red gotra when the victim tried to defend himself.


Prosecutors accused the defendant of five crimes — premeditated murder, kidnap, rape of a minor, drinking and driving a vehicle under the influence of liquor.





Trio accused of exploiting 2 teenaged girls sexually

Bangladeshi girls allegedly made to pay for passports
with falsified ages to be flown to Dubai

Gulf News, Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A woman and two men have been accused of exploiting the economic situations of two minor girls and coercing them into prostitution after they flew them into Dubai using passports with falsified details.

The two Bangladeshi girls, both aged under 18, were lured with offers of jobs as maids with attractive pay and were said to have had their ages falsified in the passports to be able to fly them into Dubai where they were locked up in a flat in Naif and forced to work as prostitutes in April.

The Bangladeshi woman, J.A., her 26-year-old countryman, M.A., and a 46-year-old Indian businessman, M.K., tricked the girls, flew them out of Bangladesh [through one of their acquaintances], confiscated their passports once they arrived at the airport and took them to the flat in Naif, according to records.

The trio used the flat as a brothel, forced the girls to have sex with strangers and pocketed the earnings.

Records said the girls were asked to pay nearly Dh600 to process new passports with falsified ages to be able to come and work in Dubai as maids for a salary of Dh1,200.

Prosecutors charged the trio with exploiting the girls’ poverty and need for money for sexual benefits and coerced them to work in prostitution in the flat they ran as a brothel.

The woman suspect, J.A., remains at large.

The businessman pleaded not guilty and refuted the accusations when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

“I did not commit human trafficking or exploit the girls sexually. I had only rented out that flat and did not run it as a brothel,” M.K. told presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

Meanwhile, M.A. claimed initially that he only worked in the flat and pleaded not guilty.

“What kind of business was being run in the flat?” the presiding judge asked M.A.

Thereafter, M.A. retracted his denial and admitted that the flat was being used for prostitution and he used to hand over the earnings to M.K.

According to the charge sheet, the trio committed human trafficking and ran a brothel. M.K. is also accused of benefiting financially by pocketing the money that a number of prostitutes made from working for him in sex trade.

He was also charged with having consensual sex with one of the girls, possessing 12 bottles of liquor and hiring M.A. to work for him illegally.

Meanwhile, M.A. was additionally charged with overstaying in the UAE and working for someone who is not his sponsor. One of the girls told prosecutors that she is uneducated and her desperate need for money to pay for her father’s medicines made her agree to come to Dubai and work as a maid.

“I divorced four months prior to coming to Dubai. I had met someone called Naim and he convinced me to come and work here … I paid him money to get a new passport issued with a new age after he told me that I was too young to be allowed to travel. A woman welcomed me at the airport and she took me to a car. M.K. drove the car to a flat … they took away my passport. They locked me there for a few days before they said I had to work in prostitution. J.A. was also present in the flat and she told me that she is married and worked in prostitution. I worked as a prostitute after they enticed me to do so and because I needed the money. J.A. used to pay me around Dh2,300 as salary,” she testified to prosecutors.

The other girl gave a similar statement to prosecutors but she added that she had refused to work in prostitution for nearly 15 days. “Then M.K. threatened to publish my nude photos on Facebook before I was convinced to work in prostitution,” she claimed.

An anti-human trafficking police officer claimed that the suspects were arrested after they raided the flat following an informant’s tipoff.

The trial resumes next month.

Dewsbury Child Rape Gang of Four Jailed

Are these men of Pakistani origin? I don't know,
but they are certainly Muslims
From BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ismail Haji, 39, along with his brother Imran, 36, and factory workers Ibrahim Kola, 36, and Mohammed Chothia, 37
Ismail Haji, 39, along with his brother Imran, 36, and factory workers Ibrahim Kola, 36, and Mohammed Chothia,  copyright WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

Dewsbury, West Yorkshire - Ismail Haji, his brother Imran and factory workers Ibrahim Kola and Mohammed Chothia were jailed after a four-week trial

A gang of "devious and manipulative" men who raped, trafficked and groomed two teenage girls has been jailed.

Ismail Haji, 39, his brother Imran, 36, Ibrahim Kola, 36, and Mohammed Chothia, 37, all from the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire, were convicted at Leeds Crown Court of various sex offences.

The four abused a 13 year old and a 15 year old at a flat in Dewsbury in 2014.

West Yorkshire Police said the gang had preyed on "the most vulnerable people in our communities".

The prosecutions came after the 13-year-old victim told a school welfare officer she had been seriously sexually assaulted.

She first met Chothia, a factory worker of Hirstlands Road, Batley, and Ismail Haji, a former taxi driver of Rotary Close, Dewsbury, in August in Thornes Park, Wakefield, along with a 15-year-old girl.

The pair were later introduced to shop assistant Imran Haji, of Manor Way, Batley, and Kola, a factory worker of School Crescent, Dewsbury.

Dewsbury Town Hall, UK
The girls were subjected to sexual assaults at the property in Dewsbury.

The 13-year-old was also abused at another address.

Det Insp Lis Walker of West Yorkshire Police said: "These men took advantage of young and vulnerable victims for the sole purpose of sexually abusing them.

"They were devious and manipulative in order to achieve their vile objectives."

Ch Supt Mabs Hussain said the gang "behaved in a reprehensible fashion and targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our communities".

Kudos to West Yorkshire Police and to the judge who sentenced these despicable reprobates. For Britain, these are significant jail terms. I just hope they are followed up by deportations if possible.


Jail terms

Ismail Haji - sentenced to 19 years for three counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of grooming and two counts of trafficking

Imran Haji - given an eight-year jail term after being found guilty of rape and trafficking

Ibrahim Kola - sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape and trafficking

Mohammed Chothia - jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of two counts of grooming, two counts of trafficking and one of taking indecent photos of a child

    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, UK