Porn website operator charged with recruiting underage girls through social networking

June 18, 2011

In Arizona this week, police have arrested a man charged with multiple child pornography-related offenses. Antonio Adrian ‘Gonzo’ Gonzalez, 28, operated two adult websites and photographed himself in sex acts with underage girls.

Police said that they had received a number of complaints about Gonzalez’s business, accusing him of using social network services and email to contact underage girls for his websites and sexual purposes.

Gonzalez admitted to police that he knew the ages of the 16 and 17-year-old victims before he made deals. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation involving minors, furnishing obscene material to minors, sexual misconduct with minors and sexual abuse.

Harrassed

Gonzalez, as multiple sources have confirmed to Phoenix’s New Times, is the main recruiter for the website Backroom Casting Couch, one of the websites which Gonzalez tried to lure underage girls into appearing on, and its ‘star’, herpe-plagued Eric Whitaker,

According to court documents obtained by New Times, in April of 2010, Gonzalez invited a 17-year-old girl to his house at 8854 South Grandview Drive in Tempe, Arizona, to pose for photographs she could use in a portfolio.

During the shoot, Gonzalez tried to pull the girl’s skirt down and asked her take some nude photos. The girl declined, but that didn’t stop ‘Gonzo’. Despite the girl shooting down his advances, Gonzalez pulled her onto his lap and tried to untie the bikini top she was wearing. She again told him she wasn’t interested, yet after getting shot down twice by the girl, Gonzalez, court documents state, ‘forced the girl’s hand onto his erect penis.’

The girl again told him she wasn’t interested in anything sexual. Gonzalez responded by taking the girl to his computer and showing her photos of him having sex with a girl the victim knew to be under 19. In fact, it turns out the girl in the photos having sex with Gonzalez was only 16 at the time

 

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Tricked
Another victim of Gonzalez and Whitaker’s is Elizabeth Hawkenson, who  agreed to do some modeling so she could pay for school at Arizona State University, but was hounded about how much more money she could make if she made a ‘reality’ porn film with Whitaker.

Hawkenson finally agreed — on the condition that the video would only appear on the part of the website people had to pay to see, with the assumption that not too many people would ever see it, but the video of Whitaker having sex with Hawkenson was submitted to free, highly trafficked porn sites.

The humiliation, she says, was so embarrassing that she dropped out of school after only a few weeks and left Arizona for good. Her video, however, lives on at the Backroom Casting Couch website.

Infected

Eric Whitaker, the ‘star’ of Backrooom Casting Couch, posted on his Twitter page last month the results of his STD test, revealing that he tested positive for herpes simplex I — the more common of the two types of the virus.

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Knowingly transmitting an STD — in most states — is illegal, and anyone who does so can be criminally charged with battery, negligence, or the intentional inflection of emotional distress.

Arizona is not one of those states. However, ‘courts may consider the intentional transmission of an STD to be an aggravated assault’ in states like Arizona, and have done so recently in Texas.

 

This post was sourced from adult industry news site xbiz.com and http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com. It is noticably missing from major news outlets.

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Call for Consumer Reponsibility from The Times

May 27, 2009

Under the title of ‘We should boycott the callous Sri Lanka regime’, Jeremy Page writes an opinion piece in The Times, available here.

His introduction highlights the link between consumer and supplier, calling for conscience-led shopping, rejecting the myth that what we buy has no ripple effect whatsoever

The next time you buy some lingerie, a T-shirt or a pair of rubber gloves, you may want to reflect on this: they were probably made in Sri Lanka. And, like it or not, your purchase plays a role in the debate over how to respond to the Sri Lankan Government’s successful but brutal military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels, which reached its bloody climax this week

It’s good to see the influential sphere of journalism raising awareness of ethical shopping


Rape is bad, but being a keypunch operator is worse

May 14, 2009

Yep, that’s what my reaction was too. 

This is a report from Dr. H.E. Baber, a  philosophy professor at the University of San Diego and occasional Guardian columnist.

She (that’s right, she) asserts that whilst rape is bad, it is not as bad as being killed in your prime, being crippled, or enslaved, or spending 40 hours a week in a menial job.  Allegedly, “to be compelled to do such work is to be harmed in the most serious way”, according to Dr. Baber, writing in the section ‘Working is worse than being raped’.

Furthermore,

Rape … is bad in part because it deprives the victim of some degree of freedom, being compelled to work is worse in this regard insofar as it chronically deprives the victim of the minimal amount of freedom requisite to the pursuit of other important interests which are conducive to their well-being

Also,

…rape per se, merely [mhm…merely] violates the victim’s sexual integrity.  The work that most women do however violates their integrity as intellectual beings [thus clearly much worse…]

It wouldn’t be so bad if this was written by some uneducated buffoon of a man, but rather this is a professor, who is esteemed enough to be given space in the Guardian.  It really knocked me back.

Worth reading for its sheer increduility, the report can be found here

And while you’re at it, you might as well lose all your faith in women’s rights worldwide by reading that one in seven in Pakistan the UK believe women should be hit for wearing revealing clothes in public, or that it’s ok to slap your wife if she’s spending too much money in Saudi Arabia or that in Afghanistan, a Shiite man should have sex with his wife at least once every 4 days, whether she agrees or not.


‘God is back’ according to The Times

May 2, 2009

After last week’s interview with ex-footballer and now theology student Gavin Peacock, today’s Times runs a feature entitled ‘God is back: How Ned Flanders won the Evangelical crusade.‘  Using Flanders as a reference point, it highlights some interesting statistics and makes insightful observations.  It’s quite a long article, so I’ve quoted some parts I found interesting. 

On the changing Christian demographic;

In 1900, 80 per cent of the world’s Christians lived in Europe and the United States; today, 60 per cent of them live in the developing world.

States that were once committed to enforcing secularism are now facing religious revivals. In Russia, 86 per cent of the population identify themselves as Christians; but the most remarkable example of Flanderism can be found in China’s house churches. We recently visited an apartment in a well-heeled district of Shanghai, where a technology executive hosted two dozen clever young Chinese, including several CEOs, a well-known academic and a stem-cell researcher. They spent three hours studying one letter from St Paul. Soon their church will get too big: it will cross the 25-person limit for unauthorised meetings, or one of the neighbours will complain about the hymns or the people hogging the parking spaces. So the church will have to split, guaranteeing its growth. China is well on its way to being the world’s biggest Christian country: there are at least 80 million Christians and already more people go to church every week than are members of the Communist Party.

An oh so common and often true criticism;

evangelical missions sometimes spend more time trying to convert poor people than trying to help them.

There are also interesting points on Christian intelligentsia.


“Why we can’t go to war with North Korea” according to one American

April 24, 2009

This simplistic article highlights numerous reasons why the US shouldn’t go to war with North Korea. However whilst he illustrates why a war isn’t a good idea (and it isn’t) he implies that any interference in the goings on of NK is none of the USA’s business, even if they do bomb Japan.

Fascinatingly enough, he quotes Santanya’s well known phrase, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” to illustrate his point about the mistakes of the Korean War. However, he should also imply that phrase to the Isolationist policy the US had in the 30s and early 40s which allowed a dictator far too much room to manoeuvre and almost brought about a restructuring of world order. With the new totalitarian regime possessing nuclear weapons, this is no time for America to be isolationist, and thankfully Obama seems to recognise this


North Korea … We know

April 8, 2009

Further to the National Geographic piece on Refugees from North Korea which I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’d like to highlight just one practical way in which you can make your voice heard.

Open Doors are running a campaign to speak out against China’s forced repatriation of N.K. refugees. It is a great tragedy that China forcibly return refugees to a country where leaving is a capital offence. As a result, not only are many refugees returned to face potential execution, but the stance of the Chinese Government means that female refugees who aren’t caught, unable to declare their status, are often forced into the sex slave trade. Open Doors claims that 70% of N.K. women refugees are forced into brothels or sold as sex slaves or wives (source)

Just as we condemn the Allies for knowing about Auschwitz and doing nothing about it so will our children condemn us for knowing something of the terror that goes on in North Korea and refusing to engage with it, instead ignoring the information and living selfishly in denial.

When you kids ask what you did to liberate the people of North Korea, what will you say?

Start here – not to ease your conscience but rather to take action – by sending a letter to the Chinese Ambassador asking her to urge the Chinese Government to change its policy of forced repatriation.

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‘Escape from North Korea’, from National Geographic

March 26, 2009

Since last summer when I looked into the possibility of going on an organised tour to North Korea (there is no other way of travelling to/within the country), I have had kept an eye out for any news smuggled out of the country. As the world’s most inaccessible country, it appeals enormously.

National Geographic ran an article last week entitled ‘Escape from North Korea’ and whilst it’s long, it’s well worth a read, bringing up issues of sex trafficking, active love, gratitude and the effect of faith on people in need

Read it here