What’s Current: Ottawa judge rules mandatory minimum sentences should not apply to ‘nice’ pimp

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  • Justice Colin McKinnon rules that the mandatory minimum sentences for two sex offences — receiving a benefit from the prostitution of someone under 18, and making and possessing child porn — perpetrated by a pimp should not apply because he is “a very nice person.”
  • B.C.’s gambling regulator is investigating the management of River Rock Casino for the handling of alleged incidents in the casino’s VIP gaming rooms, after a VIP gambler allegedly assaulted a female employee.
  • Transportation Minister Marc Garneau has instructed his staff to contact WestJet after Lenore Herrem, a trans-identified man, was “outed” as a trans-identified man. WestJet apologized to Herrem provided him with a credit for his flight.
  • Steven Kelley, 46, was shot dead by his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter after she and her 12-year-old brother witnessed him strangling his girlfriend, threatening to cut her throat and kill her and her three children.
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  • Can’tUnseeIt

    I’m not usually a fan of guns, however, they sure can be a handy tool when some berserk is strangling your mom and promising that you and your two siblings are next in line. Good for her. One less abusive shitheel off of the Earth and no chance of him getting leniency in court.

  • Cassandra

    A male judge is excusing the “very nice” pimps? Look at the shocked look on my face.

    Laws aren’t made by men for men. Nah. We’re just paranoid.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Lenore Herrem looks like a man dressed as a woman, how on earth could he claim he was “outed” when it’s perfectly obvious?

    • OldPolarBear

      Also, the author of the article comments about how much danger it put the guy in. Right, on a Canadian domestic intercity airline flight. LOL

  • お茶

    Sounds like the judge and jury were also groomed if they can think a child pornographer is a “nice guy”. Or maybe they just don’t see the crime as that bad, which is just depressing.

    • OldPolarBear

      Sounds like he was a Jolly Good Felon! WARNING for violent crime content (yes, Monty Python again. I didn’t think of this right away, but I think the mention of the jury made me recall it).

  • OldPolarBear

    GallusMag has a hilarious post on the Lenore Herrem incident over on GenderTrender. The comments are great too. I made the mistake of just now looking at the Instagram page right before bed and I’m afraid it’s going to give me nightmares.

    I’m glad that 15-YO young woman had the skills and presence of mind to shoot that POS “boyfriend.” Sorry for her though that she has to deal with that; can’t be easy even though he was awful and deserved it and she probably saved all their lives. Also, Montreal Gazette, SERIOUSLY???? You really thought this was an appropriate story to insert that porny “BAD GIRLS” video? Twice? You shouldn’t have promoted it at all.

    • therealcie

      Wow. That video was about 100 shades of inappropriate and gross.

  • Christine

    I am disgusted by the Citizen report re the pimp/pornographer. I’m against mandatory minimum sentencing, too, but this is faulty reasoning.

    “A graduate of La Cité Collégiale, Joseph, 21 at the time, was depressed, lonely and living on his own in 2015 when a female friend involved in the sex trade told him about the lucrative business. Joseph
    later met a girl who told him that she was 18 and a college student. He asked her if she was interested in making money in the sex trade.

    The woman, identified as C.A., told court that Joseph did not pressure her to engage in prostitution. She decided on her own to get involved, she testified, and brought her best friend, R.D., to meet Joseph since she was also interested in the sex trade.

    Unbeknownst to Joseph, however, the girls were still in high school and under the age of 18.

    During the trial, all three girls testified. They insisted that they were never pressured and decided to join the sex trade of their own free will, having lied about their ages.”

    They are minors. According to the Criminal Code, they cannot consent to sex with adults. I hate it that a reporter can get away with making it sound like this was a legitimate business enterprise. This is not a good illustration of the problem with mandatory minimums.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I have been over on A Voice for Men and Spiked – for the purpose of not being in an “echo chamber” and for “confirmation bias”. I googled my handle and found I was being mentioned as a vehement man hater on AVfM (erroneous but quite proud) I got banned from AVfM – not hard, but a complete bunch of angry, whiny man babies. But Spiked is beyond disgusting. I called their shite for what it was (they were discussing lowering age of consent because men should be able to have sexwith girls when they reach menarch without going to prison because the girls are sexually ready). It made my skin crawl. Steve Moxon – an MRA activist and total loser – threatened me with doxxing (no chance, my online presence is anonymous, locked down and untraceable) and the torrent of abuse, threats and insults to me and my family was disgusting. It reaffirmed my belief that the MRA movement is a cesspit of vile misogyny, anger, ignorance and a front for men to indulge their wildest control fantasies. This sh*te must be protested at every opportunity.

    • Hekate Jayne

      I had the same disqus handle for a few years, and I had to get rid of it because of the fucking males. I have yet to have a single male address anything that I actually say, they are unable to argue facts, it’s always a hysterical jumble of threats and WHY YOU HATE MENZ.

      I have mentioned this before, but I actually had a dude threaten to rape my husband. He came onto my blog and read something that really gave him the madz. He spewed an almost unintelligible emotional rage wall of text at me, with the usual threats of rape and murder directed at me. Then he went on to say that my husband needed a good raping, and that this would somehow teach my husband to get me to behave. He didn’t threaten to murder him, though. So there is that, lol.

      More evidence of males loving rape. And I give dudebro points for creativity, that was a rape threat that I had never heard before. God, even their violence is boring, it is the same old threats over and over and over. Violence is the one area that males exude huge amounts of effort, and yet, they can’t even be creative with that.

      I have never heard of spiked. And I am kind of glad.

  • lk

    Once again, the Canadian justice system shows just how deeply it cares about women and girls!

    The language used to describe the pimp: naïve, unsophisticated, unwittingly recruited, depressed, lonely and living on his own..

    Why so much sympathy for this guy? And wtf does being lonely have to do with anything….is pimping out women and girls a cure for loneliness?!

    “Justice Colin McKinnon said the minimum penalty demanded by law — a combined three-year prison term — would amount to cruel and unusual punishment for Steevenson Joseph, a 24-year-old first-time offender.”

    I’m usually not a fan of mandatory minimums, but I think men who play a part in the sex trade (no matter how nice they are) should serve jail time and should pay fines. 3 years does not constitute cruel and unusual in this situation…I actually think 3 years is pretty damn light.

    I have to wonder how much money this naive pimp made off of these girls…