What’s Current: Backpage seized, founder indicted on sex trafficking charges

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  • The US-based classified ad website, Backpage.com, has been seized, and founder Michael Lacey charged, in a federal raid based on a 93-count sealed indictment alleging staff were knowingly abetting and profiting from sex trafficking, including the trafficking of children.
  • Bill Cosby will return to court based on charges brought by Andrea Constand. This trial will be longer, and the jury will be hearing different evidence.
  • Zainab Fayez is the sole female prosecutor in Kandahar, and in two years she has put 21 men behind bars for violence against women.
  • Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, chastised Tony Robbins, a popular American motivational speaker, for berating women reporting sexual harassment as “making themselves significant by making somebody else wrong.” He has apologized.
  • Andrew Burke has been jailed in Liverpool Crown Court for murdering 28-year-old Cassie Hayes, survived by her four-year-old daughter, at the travel agency where she worked. He had been convicted the previous day of harassing his former partner, Laura Williams, who had left him for Ms. Hayes.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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