What’s Current: Lawsuit against clothing mogul Peter Nygard accuses him of rape; operating sex trafficking ring

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  • Ten women filed a class-action lawsuit against one of Canada’s wealthiest clothing moguls, Peter Nygard, accusing him of rape and of operating a sex trafficking ring between 2008 to 2015. Three of the women were 14-years-old at the time of rape, and another three were 15-years-old. The lawsuit alleges that Nygard “recruited, lured and enticed young, impressionable and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities to assault, rape and sodomize them.” Since the lawsuit was filed last Thursday, dozens more women have come forward with allegations.
  • US researchers warn of a growing moral and psychological threat posed by increasing availability of AI-equipped sex robots. Dr Christine Hendren of Duke University told BBC News that the stakes were high:

“Some robots are programmed to protest, to create a rape scenario. Some are designed to look like children. One developer of these in Japan is a self-confessed pedophile, who says that this device is a prophylactic against him ever hurting a real child. But does that normalize and give people a chance to practice these behaviours that should be treated by just stamping them out?”

  • A young UK sex trafficking victim was re-trafficked numerous times after the Home Office failed to provide her with housing to escape her situation.
  • A male science teacher working at a US public school accused administrators of transphobia for not allowing him to use the same restrooms as female students.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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