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Marine Corps Colonel One of Hundreds Arrested in Florida Prostitution Bust Human Rights 

Marine Corps Colonel One of Hundreds Arrested in Florida Prostitution Bust

Florida, United States (Sputnik) – A US Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel was among 277 people arrested as part of a massive sting operation to break up a prostitution and human trafficking ring in Florida, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Col. Kevin Scott was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. Scott was one of the hundreds arrested in “Operation No Tricks, No Treats,” a sting carried out by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The 51-year-old colonel allegedly attempted to solicit sex work for $80 from an undercover detective, and he also drove a government-leased car to the meeting place. Read More

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5 Reasons We Must Decriminalise the Sex Industry – And Fast Human Rights 

5 Reasons We Must Decriminalise the Sex Industry – And Fast

(NM) – I am not a pimp or a trafficker. I am neither a rape apologist nor someone who excuses violence against women. I do not believe men have a right to buy sex, or that anyone, of any gender, should be forced to sell sex. One might have thought these things go without saying, and yet they are examples of some of the vitriol levied at us – those that advocate for the decriminalisation of the sex industry. In recent weeks, the establishment media has provided a platform – an ‘everywhere-you-turn’ kind of platform – to anti-prostitution feminists. Julie Read More

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Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law Human Rights 

Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law

Saudi Arabia (Sputnik) – Following his decree to lift the ban on female drivers, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz called for officials on Thursday to draft a law criminalizing sexual harassment. “Considering the dangers sexual harassment poses and its negative impact on the individual, the family and society, along with its contradiction of Islamic principles, our customs and traditions,” the royal decree reads, “the ministry shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.” The statement goes on to indicate the draft will outline specific “penalties that categorically prohibit such acts and deter anyone who feels tempted to commit them.” Per the Arab News, Read More

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White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race Featured Human Rights 

White Folks Need to Stop Assuming We Know Everything About Race

United States (OW) – If you don’t understand why football players are taking a knee, take it as a sign you have more to learn. As white people across the nation criticize Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who “take a knee” for the national anthem, they ought to know something first. White people in America have no idea what life is like for black people in America. How can I make such a broad statement? How would I possibly know? For one thing, I’m white. I grew up in a mostly white town. Like many white people, I was Read More

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The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban Featured Human Rights 

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia (FPIF) – No matter their age, Saudi women are treated like minors — to the point that many require permission from their sons to work, study, or travel. It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have long been the only women in the world banned from driving, will have that right as of June 2018. The move brings Saudi Arabia a step closer Read More

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Have women’s rights institutions been ignored again? Human Rights 

Have women’s rights institutions been ignored again?

(OpenDemocracy) – The European Union’s announced €500 million for work to end violence against women and girls. This should strengthen, rather than bypass, existing women’s rights institutions. If someone offered you half a billion euros to end violence against women and girls, you’d thank them. Especially if you were acutely aware of the many worthwhile strategies and organisations presently starved for support. Especially if you had seen the diverse and insidious forms of violence – from intimate partner violence to state-sponsored violence – that women have been courageously standing up against for decades. We join others in extending huge appreciation to the Read More

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