What’s Current: Man accused of killing seven-year-old Edmonton girl was assessed by authorities hours before attack

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  • A man accused of killing a seven-year-old girl was assessed by Edmonton police and mental health professionals hours before the murder, CTV News reports.
  • Women who accused alleged sex trafficker Bernhard “Bery” Glaser of sexual abuse are being harassed and blamed for his recent death.
  • No women were present at a high-level government meeting in Afghanistan, despite promises that women would be involved in important decision-making, causing outcry on social media.
  • Watchdog groups say anti-abortion organizations are marketing unproven and potentially dangerous “abortion reversal” procedures, demanding the FDA seize websites advertising the practice.
  • Sixteen German lawmakers wrote a letter calling for the indefinite closure of brothels amidst temporary closure due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The letter warns that sex industry workers could become “super spreaders” of the virus and calls for Germany to adopt the Nordic Model. DW reports:

“There are about 33,000 officially registered sex workers in Germany, though the government estimates the real number may be as high as 400,000. While legislation introduced in 2002 aimed to improve conditions for sex workers, many of these people still live and work in poor conditions and are also the victims of human trafficking or modern slavery.

In their letter, the German lawmakers express hope that the closure of the brothels could be a good opportunity to improve opportunities for sex workers in Germany.”

Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.