What’s Current: Councillor who proposed red light district in Leeds admits this was a mistake

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  • “Sometimes the hardest thing to say is we got this wrong.” Mark Dobson, the councillor who first proposed a legal red light zone in Leeds, UK, has now said that it was a mistake. A prostituted woman named Laura tells The Times that the authorities’ blind eye has expanded the market, increasing the number of workers and driving down prices: Laura charges £20 for oral sex, £40 to £50 for full sex, earning about £60 to £70 a night, £10 of which goes on food, and the rest on heroin and crack.”
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Cyntoia Brown, who was trafficked into prostitution for sex as a minor, must serve at least 51 years in prison after being convicted of killing a 43-year-old sex buyer when she was 16. Brown maintains that she feared he was going to kill her.
  • Canada’s extremely broad defamation laws put women who make accusations of sexual misconduct — and media outlets that report on them — at risk of being targeted with expensive civil lawsuits.
  • Facing high rates of poverty, illiteracy, and routine family violence and coercion, Afghanistan continues to rank as the worst country in the world for women.
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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