What’s Current: Woman sues Airbnb after sexual assault by ‘superhost’

A California woman named Leslie Lapayowker is suing Airbnb for negligence following a sexual assault that occurred while she was staying with Carlos Del Olmo, a highly rated “superhost” with a history of domestic violence. Her claim says:

“Lapayowker decided to leave after three nights, and when she returned to get a laptop she left and told him she was moving out early, Del Olmo said he ‘wanted to show her something of importance inside the studio’… He then allegedly locked the door, dropped his shorts and began masturbating in front of her, demanding that she touch him and ‘taste it’. He ignored her pleas to stop, shoved his tongue into her mouth and eventually ejaculated into a trashcan, according to the lawsuit. He then let her leave the room, saying, ‘Don’t forget to leave me a positive review on Airbnb.’”

The Saskatoon Regional Health Authority has issued an apology for the forced sterilization of Indigenous women at a Saskatoon hospital. In 2015 several Indigenous women told the media about being coerced into tubal ligation after giving birth and an independent review, released earlier this week, confirmed “covert and overt racism” among staff.

A Utah man, Kenneth Manzanares has been arrested and charged with killing his wife in their cabin on a cruise ship. He told a witness “she wouldn’t stop laughing at me.”

Police in Montreal are arresting record numbers of pimps and have launched a program that connects currently prostituted women to sex-trade survivors. They don’t, however, appear to be targeting and arresting johns.

This month’s edition of the BBC’s Late Night Women’s Hour features interviews with female activists including Nimko Ali and Julie Bindel.

Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.