What’s Current: 8 charged with human trafficking in Russia’s first surrogacy probe

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  • Russia’s first surrogacy investigation resulted in the arrest of eight people, including doctors, who have been charged with human trafficking. Though commercial surrogacy is legal in the country, a criminal probe was possible due to “ambiguities” in the law, defense lawyer Igor Trunov told AFP.
  • The US Justice Department announced that it will contribute $35 million in housing grants to survivors of human trafficking.
  • A California court case may set a legal precedent allowing women to be charged with homicide for stillbirths resulting from drug use.
  • A 2013 peer-reviewed study that measured the sexual desirability of women with endometriosis has been retracted by the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study concluded:

“Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups. Moreover, they had a leaner silhouette, larger breasts, and an earlier coitarche.”

Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.