Three Filipino girls featured in a U.S. documentary on sex trafficking have helped to convict a Pennsylvania child pornographer who forced them to act out his disturbing sexual fantasies live through the internet. Jeffrey Herschell, 54, of Washington was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Tuesday after the brave girls described the horror they were made to endure from the age of eight to a CNN film crew, then to U.S. authorities. ‘Whatever the American client wants us to do, we must do it,’ ‘Gen’ told CNN in May 2011 for the documentary ‘The Fighters,’ which aired earlier this month. Traffickers in Manilas, who are behind the camera, charge men like Herschell around $27 an hour to ‘direct’ the online streams. READ MORE HERE
Archive for May, 2013
A Wisconsin high school teacher is accused of sexually assaulting at least two male students in less than a week. Megan Garland, 28, has been charged with child sex assault after a 14-year-old boy came forward claiming that the Messmer High School science teacher performed oral sex on him on May 23. According to the alleged victim, the abuse took place in the parking lot of Destiny Church and School. Neither Garland nor the alleged victim have any direct association to the school. They reportedly arrived at that location to attend an event. READ MORE HERE
‘Evil’ Mark Bridger was told today he would never be released from prison after he was found guilty of abducting, murdering and disposing of schoolgirl April Jones. The judge at Mold Crown Court this afternoon gave the former abattoir worker a whole life sentence, calling him a ‘pathological and glib liar’, and a ‘paedophile who for some time harbored sexual and morbid fantasies about young girls.’ Justice Griffith-Williams also asked him to reveal what he did with April’s body for the sake of her parents Paul and Coral, who sat just feet away from him as he was jailed. READ MORE HERE
MADISONVILLE, Texas -Police have arrested two more people in connection to the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Madisonville. Investigators said a man and woman turned themselves in over the weekend, which brings the total number of people arrested to nine. Two people are still on the run. The attack happened in early March at a trailer in the 100 block of East Lance Street in Madisonville. Investigators said someone was paid to bring the victim to the trailer. After the victim arrived, police said the suspects gave the girl meth, then proceeded to take turns sexually assaulting her. READ MORE HERE
He was willing to hurt her and kidnap her — he just did not mean to kill her. Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono, Maine, created a plan to kidnap Nichole Cable, 15 of Glenburn, Maine, duct tape her mouth, throw her in his truck, and kidnap her, then later on “find” her and save her to become her hero; but his plan fell apart when he accidentally killed the girl and dumped her in the woods. READ MORE HERE
The FBI is looking for two unidentified women who may have information in an ongoing child sexual abuse case in Southern California. The women appeared in digital images but were not seen “actively engaged” in sexually abusing the child, the FBI said. The pair, dubbed by the FBI as Jane Doe 25 and Jane 26, may be able to help investigators determine the identity of the victim, federal authorities said. READ MORE HERE
Self-harm now takes more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. This year, America is likely to reach a grim milestone: the 40,000th death by suicide, the highest annual total on record, and one reached years ahead of what would be expected by population growth alone. We blew past an even bigger milestone revealed in November, when a study lead by Ian Rockett, an epidemiologist at West Virginia University, showed that suicide had become the leading cause of “injury death” in America. As the CDC noted again this spring, suicide outpaces the rate of death on the road—and for that matter anywhere else people accidentally harm themselves. Somewhere Ralph Nader is smiling, but the takeaway is darkly profound: we’ve become our own greatest danger.
This development evades simple explanation. The shift in suicides began long before the recession, for example, and although the changes accelerated after 2007, when the unemployment rate began to rise, no more than a quarter of those new suicides have been tied to joblessness, according to researchers. Guns aren’t all to blame either, since the suicide rate has grown even as the portion of suicides by firearm has remained stable.
The fact is, self-harm has become a worldwide concern. This emerged in the new Global Burden of Disease report, published in The Lancet this past December. It’s the largest ever effort to document what ails, injures, and exterminates the species. But allow me to save you the reading. Humankind’s biggest health problem is humankind. READ MORE HERE
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The infant was found in a sewage pipe on Saturday in a residential building in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang, China. Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, state television reported, in a case which has sparked anger on social media sites. There are frequent reports in Chinese media of babies being abandoned, often shortly after birth, a problem attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant, the birth of an unwanted girl in a society which puts greater value on boys or China’s strict family planning rules. READ MORE HERE
A young father in Washington state is accused of putting his newborn baby in the freezer to make her stop crying. Tyler Deutsch, 25, was arrested on attempted murder charges and was expected in court Tuesday. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies believe the 6-week-old baby was in the freezer for about an hour, Seattle TV station KING reported. READ MORE HERE
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit officers observed National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April following a successful year that landed 36 suspected online sex predators and child pornographers in jail. The Cyber Crimes Unit’s arrest total included 15 individuals who were charged with online solicitation of a minor for placing or responding to online advertisements seeking sexual encounters with children. READ MORE HERE
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BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -A Broken Arrow woman has been arrested on a felony warrant for child abuse by Munchausen by proxy syndrome. Victoria Lynn Lee, 37, was booked into the Tulsa County jail on Saturday afternoon and is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of child abuse in which a primary caregiver exaggerates or fabricates of illnesses or symptoms of a child to medical professionals. READ MORE HERE
LONDON – Police have launched investigations into allegations of child abuse at a former Catholic boarding school in the Highlands. It is alleged that monks running the Abbey School at Fort Augustus beat pupils and sexually assaulted them. The school was part of a Benedictine Abbey on the shores of Loch Ness and closed in 1993. With dwindling numbers of monks, the abbey itself closed in 1998 and was sold off as a holiday home development. READ MORE HERE
A pedophile attacked a sleeping five year-old girl in the same month his sex offender treatment was delayed because staff were off sick, it emerged today. Daniel Veness, 23, had been ordered to carry out the treatment after being convicted of possessing over 600 child abuse images on his computer. However, two years into his three-year community order he had still not joined the programmer. It has now emerged that the urgent treatment was delayed for six months because staff were on sick leave. READ MORE HERE
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