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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Teacher Releases Her Sex Tape to Class

Teacher Has Sex with Student

Teacher Has Sex With 5 Students In Texas

Penis Cut Off By Woman For Evidence

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A Pakistani Father Raped his Daughter

Tobacco companies ordered to admit deception


Companies must spread messages through ads, package warnings

Author: By Bill Mears CNN Supreme Court Producer
Published On: Nov 27 2012 05:35:29 PM CST  Updated On: Nov 27 2012 07:41:55 PM CST
Cigarette smoking blurb
(CNN) - Tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to publicly admit, through advertisements and package warnings, that they deceived American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking.
Federal Judge Gladys Kessler issued her ruling Tuesday in one of the last legal steps settling liability in the long-running government prosecution of cigarette makers.
"By ensuring that consumers know that [tobacco companies] have misled the public in the past on the issue of secondhand smoke in addition to putting forth the fact that a scientific consensus on this subject exists," said Kessler, "defendants will be less likely to attempt to argue in the future that such a consensus does not exist."

Several other lawsuits over cigarette labeling are pending in federal court, part of a two-decade federal and state effort to force tobacco companies to limit their advertising, and settle billions of dollars in state and private class-action claims over the health dangers of smoking.
The judge, six years ago, concluded that tobacco companies were guilty of racketeering, and had ordered them to put tougher warning labels and other language in their marketing.
The litigation had been tied up for years over the wording of such labels, but Kessler said Tuesday the language pushed by the Justice Department was factual.
"Corrective statements" were ordered to be placed on five different areas, including: "Smoking is highly addictive. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco" and "When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain -- that's why quitting is so hard."
Another mandated message says: "A Federal Court has ruled that the Defendant tobacco companies deliberately deceived the American public about designing cigarettes to enhance the delivery of nicotine, and has ordered those companies to make this statement. Here is the truth: Smoking kills, on average, 1200 Americans. Everyday."
Other areas deal with second-hand smoke dangers, and the false benefits of so-called "low tar" and "mild" cigarettes marketed by companies that included Philip Morris (a subsidiary of Altria Group, Inc.) and R.J.. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Lorillard Tobacco Co.
A federal appeals court in August rejected the government's mandate tobacco companies separately place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking, with the majority saying the requirements were a violation of free speech. Such images would have included a corpse and smoke-infected lungs.
It was not clear if the tobacco companies would appeal this latest legal defeat to a U.S. appeals court. There was no immediate reaction from the Justice Department.
The case is U.S. v. Philip Morris (99-cv-2496).

This Mother’s Day, Give a Gift that Gives Dignity

This Mother’s Day, Give a Gift that Gives Dignity –  Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

“95% of chocolate on store shelves today has been sourced unethically*,” says Kristen Carr, Director of Not For Sale Houston. “But here in Houston, we’re lucky enough to have a chocolate company called Araya, which has chocolate that is not only delicious, but ethically-made as well.”
Araya Chocolate, a family-owned chocolate company in Houston, TX, has partnered with NFS Houston to create a special chocolate box for Mother’s Day. Stefano, owner of Araya Chocolate, says that he sources chocolate from his native Venezuela because only then can he be sure that the cocoa he purchases is ethically harvested.
“Venezuelan chocolate is some of the best chocolate in the world,” reports Stefano, “Being Venezuelan, we know there is no trafficking involved, no child labor involved, and the company that we use is very much involved in the community.”
This Mother’s Day, give your mom a gift that ensures the dignity and freedom of others. When it comes to ending forced labor, every purchase matters. Together we can end slavery in our lifetime.

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*According to a 2010 report from World Vision Australia.

Houston is 'hub' for human trafficking

Published On: Nov 26 2012 02:39:40 PM CST  Updated On: Nov 26 2012 11:43:11 PM CST

HOUSTON - For 13 years, Jessica Ford said she was threatened, beaten, raped and forced into prostitution on the streets of Houston. She lived in fear for most of that time, but is now able to tell her story after five of the men who abused her were arrested and recently pleaded guilty.
According to federal prosecutors, Ford was a victim in the largest domestic sex trafficking ring in the Southern District of Texas.
John Butler, William Hornbeak, Jamine Lake, Andre McDaniels and Ronnie Presley were arrested and charged with 16 counts ranging from conspiracy, sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children back in 2009.
Court documents show these men transported Ford across state lines to work in brothels in Nevada and in massage parlors in Houston.
Federal agents collected evidence that revealed Presley also kidnapped minors from Kansas, transported them to Houston, beat and forced them to perform commercial sex acts for money.
"This was a family-operated business," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Zack, who prosecuted the case. "These girls were treated like a commodity and were no different than selling drugs, except with selling the girl there's a huge advantage. After you sell a kilo of cocaine, you have to then buy another kilo of cocaine, but you can sell a girl or boy over and over and over again. It's an incredible renewable resource," said Zack.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel someone into labor servitude or commercial sexual exploitation.
"If you are a minor and you're involved in a commercial sex act, you are automatically a victim of human trafficking," said Zack.
Growing up in Friendswood, Texas, Ford was very athletic and outgoing. She had dreams of becoming a doctor. As she stared into her childhood picture, she spoke about how she was manipulated into prostitution.
"I ran away from home and I was just looking to find my way. I met a man that told me he could help me with all of my problems. He was giving me attention and what I thought that was love. That man turned out to be a pimp. For the longest time I didn't know what I was doing was wrong. I didn't look at myself as a victim," said Ford.
"Initially these pimps know how to provide affection and attention at great measure. They know which girl to pick. They will look for a girl on Facebook. They will pick the girl alone at the mall, the girl walking home from school alone. If a girl has a vulnerability, the pimp will exploit it," said Zack.
Globally, human trafficking is the second-largest organized crime and, as a business, it generates roughly $32 billion a year. President Barack Obama has referred to human trafficking as a form of "modern day slavery."
There are thousands of victims in the United States, and Houston has been coined a hub.
"We have an international trafficking problem and a domestic trafficking problem," said Zack. Traffickers are attracted to Houston because of its close proximity to the border, its access to a major port, the major thoroughfares that run within the city and Houston's diverse population.
"You would never imagine girls and boys are being trafficked here, but there are places up and down 45, I-10, the Beltway and inside of 610 where people are being sold for sex. You drive by them every day and you don't see it, but girls are being hurt," said Ford.
According to court documents, Ford's traffickers ran several brothels disguised as massage parlors, modeling studios, spas and bikini bars within Harris County.
"They even advertised some of the minors online. Predators would click on their pictures, call in, and arrange a meeting," said Zack.
Every dollar each girl would make would go to their pimps.
"Yes, these girls are beaten. Yes, they are in fear of their lives, but there is also a psychological bondage that they are under. The manipulation and emotional damage that these victims experience is immense. Even though you don't physically see chains around them, the psychological chains are there," said Zack.
"It's not that easy to just get up and go," said Ford. "Where would I go? I didn't have any money. I didn't have an education. This was the only life I knew. It took everything for me to leave," she said.
When Ford finally decided to run, she did not look back. Her testimony led to the arrest of the men who enslaved her and freedom for dozens of women and girls.
"No one is for sale. We're all priceless children and this doesn't need to happen to anybody. It feels so good for me to be free, but I have to go back and help others," said Ford.
Houston is fighting the problem
Sheriff Adrian Garcia has organized a special task force that not only goes after the pimps but also targets the buyers.
"Prostitution isn't a victimless crime, and we get it now," said Garcia. "We see there is a strong tie between prostitution and human trafficking. We want the victims to know there is help. We will go out and hunt these pimps down and put them in jail and plaster their faces all over God's green earth," he said.
The special task force is made up of undercover deputies who perform reverse prostitution stings. In the past few months, Harris County sheriff's deputies have arrested 13 buyers.
"For so long, the victims have been treated like they are the criminals. They are robbed of their childhood, their innocence, their education and of opportunities to improve themselves," said Zack.
Judge Michael Schneider and Judge Angela Ellis have finished their first year of a program inside the Harris County Juvenile Jail system called "girls court," which helps minor victims of human trafficking.
"There is a team of people working with the girls. Every week, we all come together -- the attorney, a therapist, the guardian," said Ellis.
The goal is to walk with the victim so the girl can first recognize she is a victim and then begin to peel back the layers of damage that have been done to her body and mind.
"It's so hard to penetrate them because they don't see themselves as victims. They think the pimps are their boyfriends. Once they do realize what has happened to them, there is so much shame, but they have to understand they are not the one at fault," said Zack.
How the United States is fighting back
There are more than 20 million victims around the world, and the impact of this crime is being felt in the United States.
During Obama's speech at this year's Clinton Global Initiative, he outlined a three-point plan to combat the problem of human trafficking with the United States.
"We’ll strengthen training, so investigators and law enforcement are even better equipped to take action -- and treat victims as victims, not as criminals. We’re going to work with Amtrak, and bus and truck inspectors, so that they’re on the lookout. We’ll help teachers and educators spot the signs as well, and better serve those who are vulnerable, especially our young people," Obama said.
Obama also discussed plans for recovery programs to help restore victims into survivors. His third point highlighted technology and the Internet.
"We’re encouraging tech companies and advocates and law enforcement -- and we’re also challenging college students -- to develop tools that our young people can use to stay safe online and on their smart phones."
How you can fight the problem
There are several local agencies making it their mission to fight human trafficking within Houston. Match your passion with a purpose. If you would like more information on these organizations click on the links bellow.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hamilton police arrest pair on sex-trafficking of two women Logo

Two men are facing human trafficking charges after being arrested at a Hamilton hotel.
Hamilton police human trafficking Detective Derek Mellor made the arrest Wednesday after being called to the hotel.
Mellor said police got a tip that a girl was in trouble. When he arrived at the hotel, he was able to match the description of the woman to an online sex ad.
Police heard crying from inside a hotel room shortly before the arrest. There were two victims in the hotel.
Mellor said the victims are both women in their early 20s who had been groomed or were in the process of being groomed to work as prostitutes. He alleges the pimps coerced the victims for more than a week and were collecting all of the money.
Cliff-Dean Simons, 33, of Mississauga and Jermaine Edwards, 25, of Hamilton are facing charges of human trafficking, living off the avails of prostitution, receiving material benefit from the commission of a crime and procuring a person for prostitution.
Mellor said he believes there may be more victims.
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Candy Sales Another Form of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Is A Growing Problem

Malls and big-box stores are cashing in with a flood of shoppers this holiday weekend. But a thrift store in National City is raising money for an entirely different reason: To prevent the exploitation of men, women and children by people who sell their services for profit.
"This used to be a furniture place and it burned down," Marisa Ugarte said. Her non-profit group moved in about two years ago. Now it's a thrift store to raise money for the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition to help victims of drug-, labor- and sex-trafficking. Ugarte pointed out the window facing the street.
"So this is the National City blade, where a lot of the girls work the streets," she said. For almost 15 years Ugarte and her coalition of volunteers have been tracking, counseling and intervening on behalf of victims.
About 50 percent are men exploited mostly for labor, and the other half are women and children. She uses a color-coded map to show the extent of the problem in San Diego County. Red dots represent adult sexual exploitation, yellow for child sex slaves, blue for domestic workers and green for exploited laborers. The map covers almost every neighborhood from beaches to the inland valleys, to military bases, even Indian reservations.
Ugarte said another concern is children under 15 selling candy and magazines door to door.
"So when you go and ask them where is your permit, they run to the van and the van takes off," she said.
The traffickers range from pimps and predators to operators of drug cartels. Since 2005, the organization has helped or rescued more than 200 people from being exploited, Ugarte said. It's happening in restaurants, massage parlors, peoples homes, even outside of schools, she added.
"Look in the streets of El Cajon; look in the streets of National City; and when you see a young little face, call 911 because that child is someone's niece, daughter, or cousin," Ugarte said.
One client made a self portrait and gave it to Ugarte, who said her organization works with many clients for up to three years. She noted that California voters passed Proposition 35 this month, increasing fines for human trafficking. But she said the issue is not going away anytime soon.
"The next one could be your niece, your daughter who gets recruited. It could be like many other people -- the daughter that disappears into Mexico and never comes back."
The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition is holding a fundraiser Dec. 5th in Coronado to help victims of human trafficking.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

18 injured after gas explosion tears through Massachusetts strip club

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 24, 2012 -- Updated 1719 GMT (0119 HKT)
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  • NEW: Half of the 18 injured are firefighters, 4 are gas company workers, the mayor says
  • NEW: A call about a gas odor came in about an hour before the explosion
  • The explosion leveled the building housing Club Scores, a strip club
  • It caused damage to at least 25 buildings and could be felt miles away
(CNN) -- Eighteen people were injured early Friday evening when a gas-fueled explosion ripped through a strip club in the western Massachusetts city of Springfield, the city's mayor said.
Those in the club and nearby buildings had evacuated by the time the blast occurred at 5:25 p.m., Mayor Dominic Sarno said.
Nine of those injured were Springfield firefighters, four were gas company employees, two were police officers, two were civilians, and one was a municipal water and sewer department employee, the mayor said. Earlier, a police sergeant said more civilians were hurt and all were transported to Baystate Medical Center or Mercy Medical Center.
"Through God's mercy, we are not aware of any fatalities," Sarno said.
People as far away as South Hadley, 10 miles north, felt the blast.
Video showed that the facade of one building was shredded by the blast, while glass from blown-out windows littered streets blocks away.
Besides the leveled multistory structure that housed Club Scores -- which Sarno referred to as "ground zero" -- 12 buildings suffered significant damage, and at least a dozen others had collateral damage, Springfield fire Commissioner Joseph Conant said.
Columbia Gas spokeswoman Sheila Doiron told reporters Friday that a call about a strong gas odor came in at around 4:20 p.m.
The gas company's employees were on site in about 25 minutes, and they shut off the gas to the building soon thereafter, according to Conant. The explosion came 15 minutes later.
Overhead video from CNN affiliate WWLP showed what appeared to be police lights flashing near an otherwise calm scene until a huge burst of fire soared into the sky. That was followed by thick plumes of black smoke.
Within hours, Conant said firefighters were able to bring "the fire situation ... under control."
The officials who spoke at Friday night's news conference said they had no knowledge that any of the injuries suffered in the blast and its aftermath are life-threatening.
None of the eight patients brought into Baystate Medical Center are in critical condition, said hospital spokeswoman Jane Albert. She said hospital officials have been told they no more injured are coming.
Authorities are working to determine what caused the fire, with state authorities assisting local first responders -- including members of the city's arson and bomb unit -- at the scene. Doiron, from Columbia Gas company, said "there have been no measurable readings of natural gas at this point" that might indicate more widespread leaks.
A shelter has been set up at nearby Central High School for anyone displaced by the explosion and evacuations in the vicinity, said Sarno.
CNN's Greg Botelho, Pauline Kim and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.

الخادمة إلى المستشفى وربة المنزل إلى السجن

أوقف قاضي التحقيق في جبل لبنان رامي عبد الله مواطنة لبنانية بجرم محاولة قتل خادمتها. وفيما سيقت ربّة المنزل إلى السجن، نُقلت الخادمة الفيليبينية إلى المستشفى بحالة حرجة. فقد كانت تعاني من ندوبٍ وجروحٍ وتورّمات ناجمة عن الضرب والتعذيب، بالإضافة إلى سوء التغذية الحادّ الذي كانت قد أصيبت به بسبب منع الطعام عنها
جريدة الأخبار، العدد ١٧٩٣ الثلاثاء ٢٨ آب ٢٠١٢، رضوان مرتضى

لم تكن جونالين لاس تعلم أن الحظّ السيّئ سيرمي بها بين براثن ربّة منزلٍ لا تعرف الرحمة، عندما تركت وطنها الفيليبين لتعمل خادمة في لبنان. هنا، انتقلت إلى منزل مخدومتها. سيّدة ثلاثينية تقطن في عوكر. بدأت بخدمتها منذ سنتين، لكن رحة عذابها بدأت منذ أشهر، وانتهت أخيراً في غرفة العناية المركّزة في مستشفى قلب يسوع.
الأشهر القليلة الماضية كانت جحيماً بالنسبة إلى الفتاة التي لم تتجاوز الثامنة عشرة من عمرها. ذاقت خلالها جونالين مختلف أنواع العذاب. تتحدّث عن تعرّضها للضرب والتعذيب بواسطة عصا وحزام جلدي حفرا ندوباً وجروحاً في كلّ بقعة من جسدها النحيل.

بقعٌ قد تمحوها الأيام، لكن سيصعب على ذاكرتها نسيانها. ذاكرة بشرية ستحفظ اسم ربة المنزل رين، كما اسمها، بعدما كادت تتسبب في قتلها، علماً أن القضاء أوقفها بجرم محاولة قتلها.
منذ عدة أسابيع، أبلغ الجيران المديرية العامة للأمن العام بوجود خادمة تتعرّض للضرب المبرح لدى المدعوة رين ب.
بناء على هذا البلاغ، جرى التحرّك، ونُقلت لاس إلى العناية الفائقة المركزة في المستشفى حيث كانت تعاني من سوء في التغذية وتعذيب جسدي مبرح. بكلّ وضوح يمكن رؤية الكدمات تحت العينين، والورم الكبير في الأذن. بالإضافة إلى تورّم واحمرار في أصابع اليدين، وندوب عند أعلى القفص الصدري والظهر، يدل شكلها المستطيل يدل على أنها ناجمة عن الضرب بحزام أو عصا. هذا عدا وجود آثار جروح وندوب في الثديين الأيمن والأيسر بشكل هلالي ناجم عن غرز الأظافر. وبحسب المعلومات الواردة في تقرير الطبيب الشرعي، فإن أعمار الجروح الموجودة المتفاوتة على جسد لاس تدلّ على حصول الأذية في مراحل وأوقات مختلفة، وبشكل متكرّر. وأشار التقرير إلى أن الإصابات الموجودة على جسد الضحية ناجمة عن التعرّض للضرب بالأيدي والعصا والحزام، لافتاً إلى أن هزالة بنيتها تدل على أنها تعاني من سوء تغذية شديد. وقد رأى الطبيب الشرعي بشارة مكرزل أن حالتها الصحية تستدعي التعطيل عن العمل لمدة ثلاثة أسابيع.
بدأت التحقيقات. فاستمع عناصر التحقيق إلى إفادة العاملة الفيليبينية التي كشفت أنها بدأت تتعرض لمضايقات منذ قرابة سنة. الصفعة الأولى التي تلقتها، جاءت على خلفية تحادثها عبر الشرفة مع شابة من التابعية الفيليبينية. وذكرت جونالين أن هذه الحادثة كانت الأولى، لكنها كانت فاتحة الصفع المتكرّر والدفع. فقد صارت ربة المنزل تستعمل العصي والحزام وبعض الآلات الحادة على مختلف أنحاء جسدها لضربها، كما أنها لم تكن تتورّع عن سكب بعض الأدوية المستعملة للتنظيف على رأسها. ليس هذا فحسب، بل أفادت بأنها كانت تصعقها أحياناً بآلة كهربائية!
أما عن الدوافع والأسباب، فذكرت جونالين أنها كانت تتعرّض للضرب في حال لم تُنه الأعمال المنزلية في الوقت المحدّد، أو في حال تناولها الطعام من دون إذن. وفي موضوع الطعام تلفت إلى حرمانها بالتدريج. ففي البداية، منعت من تناول وجبات كاملة، قبل أن يحصر طعامها بالخبز فقط، ثم حرمانها أياماً من الوجبات. وذكرت أنه في احدى المرات حُبست عارية في الحمام من دون مياه، كاشفة أنها اضطرت إلى الشرب من مياه الصرف الصحي لري ظمئها. كما أفادت أن شقيق ربة المنزل تحرّش بها ثلاث مرات وهدّدها بأنها لو أخبرت أحداً فإنها ستتعرّض للضرب، لافتة إلى أن ربة المنزل كانت تهدّدها دائماً بأنها ستتهمها بالسرقة إن فكرت بالادعاء عليها.
في موازاة ذلك، أبلغ رتيب التحقيق، ربّة المنزل رين ب. بضرورة الاستماع إلى إفادتها، فأبلغه شقيقها أنها أُدخلت إلى المستشفى بسبب إصابتها بنوبة عصبية. ولدى الاتصال بطبيبها المعالج، أفاد أنها تعاني من صدمة نفسية وعصبية وتحتاج إلى وقت للخروج من ذلك ناصحاً بعدم أخذ إفادتها حالياً. مرّ وقت قليل قبل أن يُستمع إلى إفادتها، فذكرت أنها كانت تعامل خادمتها معاملة جيدة حتى قبل أربعة أشهر عندما بدأت الخادمة تقوم بأمور غريبة بعض الشيء. ولدى الاستيضاح، ذكرت أن شخصاً مجهولاً يقود فاناً صار يقف أمام منزلها عندما تكون الخادمة على الشرفة ويقوم بأعمال مخلّة بالآداب. وذكرت أنها وجهت ملاحظات لها بعدم الاتصال بأشخاص كهؤلاء، إلا أن الأخيرة لم ترتدع. وفاقم الأمر أن الأخيرة صارت تماطل في القيام بواجبها المنزلي.
وعن الإصابات التي تعاني منها الخادمة، ذكرت ربة المنزل أنها ناجمة عن سقوطها على الدرج بعد محاولتها الهرب، كاشفة أنها دفعت والدتها العجوز أرضا أثناء محاولة الأخيرة منعها من الهرب. وأفادت بأنها أحضرت لها دواءً من دون أخذها إلى الطبيب خوفاً من محاولتها الفرار مجدداً، نافية أن تكون تعرضت لها بالصفع أو الضرب. وأكّدت أنها لم تمنع عنها الطعام يوماً، إلا أنها بدأت منذ قرابة عشرة أيام تمتنع عن الطعام بمحض إرادتها. وعن قصّ شعرها، ادّعت أنه نتيجة لإصابتها بالقمل، أما الندوب الموجودة على ظهرها، فذكرت أن جونالين سبق وأخبرتها أنها كانت تتعرض للضرب على يد والدها وأنها سقطت عن درج منزلهم في الفيليبين.
عقب ذلك، أشار القضاء بترك الفيليبينية في عهدة رابطة كاريتاس، طالباً سوق ربة المنزل الموقوفة إلى سجن بعبدا للنساء. وفي موازاة التحقيق القائم، طالبت سفارة الفيليبين وزارة العمل بالتحرك واتخاذ كافة التدابير لمعاقبة من تسبب في المعاملة غير الإنسانية للعاملة المذكورة. وفي المقابل، اتخذت وزارة العمل صفة الادعاء الشخصي على المدعوة رين ب.

Muhammad Amin Evans: My journey to Islam

Caught on camera: racist Australians abuse girl & smash bus window

Occupation 101 - the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Friday, November 23, 2012

How Do You Handle Yourself in Time of Difficulties - Sh. Yassir Fazaga

Self-Image Psychology - Sh. Yassir Fazaga

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اليوم العالمي لمكافحة إفلات قتلة الصحفيين

Talented or tainted: Can a porn star go mainstream?

Keiran Lee  
Keiran Lee is one of the highest paid British male porn actors in the US
Over the past few weeks, movie buffs have been enjoying the new trailer for a forthcoming Lindsay Lohan film.
The Canyons, a low-budget indie production written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, and due for release in the new year, has raised eyebrows for two reasons.

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3,000 films - that's an awful lot of bad acting to try to get out of an actor's system.”
Paul Schrader Director, The Canyons

Aside from the public's continuing fascination with everything Miss Lohan does, the choice of male lead has also caused something of a stir.
The role has gone to James Deen, a well-known adult star who has performed in more than 3,000 porn scenes.
Numerous adult actors have attempted to break into mainstream acting over the past five decades with varying degrees of success.
But does the decision to cast Deen, taken by the film's acclaimed director Paul Schrader - famous for writing the screenplays for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull - represent a shift in attitudes by the mainstream industry?
Derby's Keiran Lee believes so.
The 28-year-old started out filming scenes with a small Loughborough company before relocating to Los Angeles where he is now one of the highest paid British male porn actors.
But the former railway manager has set his sights on an eventual move into mainstream acting and believes conditions are now ripe for this to happen.
He said: "The good thing about the adult industry is it opens a lot of doors for going into mainstream. It's not as taboo as it used to be.
Sasha Grey, James Deen and Jenna Jameson Mainstream ambitions: Sasha Grey, James Deen and Jenna Jameson have all tried to make the move from porn to more 'respectable' roles
"It's progressed to a point now where it's like 'OK, let's put an adult star in there as well' because they have a fan base already and it creates that little bit of taboo.
"It definitely interests me. I'm quite lucky being in LA, I've got some good contacts out there."
Traditionally the only roles given to porn stars were as strippers, bikini-clad beach babes or exaggerated versions of themselves.
Jenna Jameson, one of the most well-known crossover adult stars, is best remembered for playing a stripping radio guest in Howard Stern biopic Private Parts.
But Lee feels James Deen's high profile casting, twinned with the much-heralded recent mainstream "breakthrough" of another adult performer, Sasha Grey, are grounds for optimism.
In 2009, Steven Soderbergh cast Grey as an escort in The Girlfriend Experience. He explained he had approached her as she did not seem to fit the mould of a stereotypically "damaged" porn actor.
Grey's performance received mixed reviews. Since then she has starred as an exaggerated version of herself in the US comedy series Entourage as well as taking a handful of smaller roles in low-budget movies.
But Gail Dines, a professor of sociology in Boston and author of the book Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, argues that while the mainstream is increasingly absorbing porn imagery, it is not ready to embrace the performers themselves.
"Softcore porn has now migrated to pop culture so much of what you see in magazines, on TV and in movies mimic the images in softcore a decade or so ago. Performers on the other hand don't do so well crossing over," she said.
Steven Soderbergh and Sasha Grey 
 Steven Soderbergh cast Sasha Grey after reading about her in a magazine
"Sasha Grey was the great hopeful for the industry because she landed a plum role but she has only had minor roles and no breakout career yet.
"Female porn performers carry with them the stigma and sleaze factor because of the sexism in the porn industry and the way women are represented as debased, dehumanised and slutty.
"Mainstream culture may be willing to tolerate some softcore porn but is not yet ready to make big stars out of female porn performers.
"Male performers may have an easier time because they can cash in on their hyper-masculinised image, but it is too soon to tell."
50 Shades suggestion The Canyons director Paul Schrader admitted his concerns about handing a lead role to porn star Deen in an online diary entry earlier this year.
He said: "Bret [Easton Ellis] promised James that I would screen test him. I was reluctant because I thought it unlikely that I would cast him.
Paul Schrader  
The Canyons director Paul Schrader was reluctant to cast a porn actor
"James has made over 3,000 porn films - that's an awful lot of bad acting to try to get out of an actor's system.
"It was a revelation when James came in. He was not only solid as an actor and prepared, more importantly he had that hard-to-define charisma that draws viewers to characters on screen."
However, Schrader also told how one of his favourite actors for the female lead had lost interest in the project after being told she could be starring opposite Deen.
Production on the film has now finished with Easton Ellis so taken with Deen's performance, he suggested he should be given the lead role in the forthcoming 50 Shades of Grey adaptation.
But whether a major studio would ever be as willing as Schrader and Ellis to embrace a porn star in a lead role is still unclear.
Jordan McGrath, editor of the award-winning EatSleepLiveFilm blog, said: "I'm pretty sure there was no hope out there that Sasha Grey would ever become a breakout star because, in my eyes, it was never going to happen.
Studios 'not squeamish' "Which, even though understandable, is a little saddening because it really doesn't matter how hard she tries, or even - as the case may be - how good she is: there isn't a studio in the world that will hire her in any project where they expect to make money.
"Talent doesn't come into it, the film industry is a business and you can't see Fox or Warner's throwing the big bucks behind an ex-pornstar.
Academy Awards stage  
Jordan McGrath argues we are unlikely to see an ex-pornstar picking up an Academy Award
"Will we ever see James Deen in a summer blockbuster? Never. It just can't happen."
But Jeremy Kay, US editor of film trade magazine Screen International, believes major studios will come to employ a more pragmatic attitude.
He said: "Hollywood is a business and the studios don't get squeamish about people's past lives. If the face fits, they're in and they get their chance.
"If the movie does well or audiences react positively to the actor, they could be in it for the long haul.
"Everything is dictated by how the consumers respond to the product."

Crossing over: Other adult stars who took mainstream roles

  • Asia Carrera The Big Lebowski (1998) - played a porn star
  • Aurora Snow and Jenna Haze Superbad (2007) - porn stars
  • Nina Hartley Boogie Nights (1997) - unfaithful wife of porn producer
  • Traci Lords Blade (1998) - seductive vampire | Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2009) - porn star
  • Ron Jeremy Ghostbusters (1984) - extra | Killing Zoe (1994) bank concierge | The Rules of Attraction (2002) - piano player
  • Rocco Siffredi Romance (1999), wife's illicit boyfriend | Anatomy of Hell (2003) - gay man who goes straight
  • Riley Steele Piranha 3D (2009) - stripper
  • Kobe Tai Very Bad Things (1999) - stripper

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Warwick Spinks arrest: Child sex attacker back in prison

Warwick Spinks  
Warwick Spinks was convicted in 1995 of offences committed in Hastings
A violent child sex offender who fled the UK and went on the run for 15 years is back in jail after being arrested in the Czech Republic.
Warwick Spinks, 48, was arrested at Heathrow after being flown from Prague on Thursday, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said.
CEOP said Spinks was convicted in 1995 at Lewes Crown Court of numerous sexual offences against boys in Hastings.
He was jailed for seven years, reduced to five years on appeal in 1996.
His offences included serious sexual assault at knifepoint, taking indecent images of children and taking a child without lawful authority.
International investigation He was released on licence on condition that he was not allowed to leave the UK without permission.
He breached the conditions in 1997 and was recalled to prison, but went missing.
Following extradition from the Czech Republic he will serve the 18 remaining months of his sentence.
His arrest followed an international investigation involving officers from CEOP, the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
Spinks was arrested by Czech police in August 2012. He had been using numerous aliases , including Willem Van Wijk and William Spinks, CEOP said.
CEOP chief executive Peter Davies said Spinks was a high-risk child sexual offender.
"I hope this arrest sends a clear message to other missing child sexual offenders that however far you travel to avoid facing the consequences of your actions, we will track you down and bring you to justice," he said.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Policeman jailed for life for defiling minor



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By Renson Buluma
BUSIAL KENYA: A Busia Law Court has slapped an Administration Police officer with a life sentence for defilement.
Corporal Charles Muli, who until his arrest last November was the officer in charge of Mulukhoni AP camp, will serve the remaining part of his life in jail after he was found guilty.

Busia Senior Resident Magistrate Mildred Munyekenye said the corporal was guilty of defiling a six-year-old child contrary to the Sexual Offences Act.
The prosecution told the court that the accused committed the offence last year on October 21, at Mundika village in Agenga location, Samia District.
He is said to have visited the victim’s homestead looking for her father, who was not present then. He was ushered into the house by the child’s mother. When the mother went to the kitchen, the girl entered the house and the officer ordered her to close the door before he committed the crime.
During the hearing Muli’s lawyer Wycliffe Okuta said the evidence presented was not enough.
He cited contradictions on the evidence as proof that the officer may not have defiled the girl.
But the judge, while issuing the sentence, ruled that there was overwhelming evidence  that defilement occurred.
In mitigation, the accused through his defence counsel pleaded for leniency, arguing that he was a first time offender and was the sole breadwinner of his family.


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Domestic worker who defiled minor jailed for life



Updated Friday, November 16 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3
A middle-aged man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Migori court after he was found guilty of defiling a five-year-old girl.
Nahashon Otieno, 20, a domestic worker, was handed the sentence Thursday after he was found guilty of committing the offence.

The court was told that on April 2, at Kasembo village, Migori County, he defiled his employer’s daughter at around 11am as she was on her way home from school.
According to the prosecution, when the victim’s mother went home, she found the child in pain and crying. The minor told her mother what had happened.
She was later taken to Migori District Hospital where after examinations, it was confirmed that she had been defiled.
Migori Senior Magistrate Edwin Nyaga said after hearing from five witnesses and going through the medical report from the victim and the accused, the prosecution had proven Otieno was guilty.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency, a plea which was rejected by the court that ruled the offence was serious.
The suspect has 14 days to appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, a man was Thursday sentenced to death after he was found guilty of robbery with violence by the same court.
Migori Law Court found Daniel Asiago guilty of the offence.
The court heard that on October 3, 2011 at Marindi sub-location in Migori District within Migori County, the accused with others not before the court while armed with a pistol and a panga attacked and robbed doctor Aggrey Idakiza Akidiva of personal belongings.
During the robbery, the court was further informed that the suspect robbed their victim of a motor vehicle valued at Sh1.2 million, Sh27,000 in cash, and clothes valued at Sh60,000. The victim also sustained injuries during the robbery.

In mitigation, Asiago pleaded for leniency from the court, saying he was a first offender.
But, when handing the sentence, Migori Senior Magistrate Edwin Nyaga dismissed the plea terming robbery a serious offence and those responsible had to be punished.


I used to sell my body but now I peddle hope to others

November 16,  2012

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Lucy Wambui (right) became a commercial sex worker when she was a teenager but is now a social counsellor and motivational speaker.
Lucy Wambui (right) became a commercial sex worker when she was a teenager but is now a social counsellor and motivational speaker.  NATION MEDIA GROUP
Posted  Wednesday, November 14  2012 at  02:00
In Summary
  • Lucy Wambui was a teenager when she became a commercial sex worker. She tried to quit several times but always found herself drifting back. After many years of seeking love, acceptance and stability but finding only abuse, violence and disappointment, she finally garnered the courage to start afresh. Her new mission is to help other women transform their lives

At the age of 15, Lucy Wambui was already peddling her flesh to earn a living. She had five younger siblings to fend for, as well as a child of her own.
Wambui’s family was poor and her mother, a single parent, could barely support her children; getting a decent meal was a pipe dream. Things were so bad that Lucy had to drop out of school.
“I could not complete my education. I dropped out in Standard Six due to family problems,” Wambui recalls.
The young girl was heartbroken. She had considered education her means of escape from the misery she was living in and had harboured dreams of pursuing a professional course. It did not help matters that mother and daughter had a strained relationship.
“I got the feeling that Mum never really liked me. I sincerely had no idea why, but I think it was because she was struggling to take care of me as well as my brothers and sisters. I harboured the dream of being either a teacher or a doctor, so I only dropped out of school because she said so,” Wambui says.
Her mother, who was a commercial sex worker, argued that if her daughter joined her in the streets of Naivasha, they would be able to better provide for the younger children and even send them to school. Being the first born, Wambui was told she had to take make sacrifices for the sake of her siblings.
“I never knew what I was getting into when I agreed to sell my body so that I could put food on the table,” she admits.
Wambui has tears in her eyes and the pain is evident when she recalls what she went through; 30 years have not made it easy to bear. By the time her mother introduced her to prostitution, Wambui was in a relationship, albeit an abusive one, and had a child so there was an extra mouth to feed.
They might have worked together, but mother and daughter did not get any closer. In fact, Wambui’s desire to find love and acceptance drew her further and further from her family.
“When Mum and I started to work together, I was 15 years old. At that age, I felt nothing that resembled love for my mother and instead diverted my love to a man I thought loved me. We eventually got married,” she says.
The marriage turned out to be far from the solace she had sought though. Her husband was physically abusive.
“I thought he loved me, but he constantly beat me up. One time he beat me so badly that I had a miscarriage. I was hospitalised but he did not even bother to come and see me.”
Despite the beatings, Wambui persevered for seven years and had four children with her husband. When the violence became too much to bear, she went back to her mother’s house but found little comfort there and was soon kicked out.
Determined to support herself and her children, she sought odd jobs and eventually became a house help in Limuru. However, her employer assaulted her sexually for close to two years. She chose to keep quiet because she was afraid of losing her job and being unable to provide for her family.
When Wambui finally quit, it was hard to find another job and she drifted back into prostitution to make ends meet.
“It was the only thing that made sense to me at that time and I was not shy. I was so courageous that if I went into a bar and at the end of an hour no man had approached me, I would take matters into my own hands and approach one. I could not afford to go home empty-handed.”
Deep down, she was ashamed and did not want her friends and family to know what she was doing. She, therefore, never went to the same bar on two successive nights.
One night in 2004, she was so frustrated about lacking clients that she went to the highway to look for some. There was some construction work being carried out on the road and she decided to try her luck there.
“I was standing at the side of the road in my shimmering blouse, hoping to catch the eye of a potential client, when a truck stopped a few metres away. A white man came from the truck and spoke to me in a language I did not understand and I answered him in my own language,” she laughs.
Winds of change
That is how Wambui came to join Life Bloom International; an organisation that sought to reform women from the streets in 2004. Officials from Life Bloom approached the women and asked for them to volunteer in the project.
After some training on peer education, Wambui became bold enough to face her fellow colleagues and appeal to them to change.
Now a reformed woman, she is on a mission to educate commercial sex workers, showing them that it is possible to survive in other ways and urging them, at the very least, to protect themselves from HIV infection. She recently started an organisation, Kenya Network for Life Transformation, to reach out to these women.
“I just want the ladies out there to know that there is always the option of quitting; that you can always start afresh,” she says of her mission. “If women knew how much they are worth, they would not allow men to misuse their bodies.”
Women, Wambui says, just need to be shown love and not lust, so that they can feel accepted in the society. Her house has hosted numerous women who come to seek solace and find some hope.
“Sometimes a hug or a simple smile is just what is needed. There are times when people just need the simple assurance that they are loved.”
She challenges young girls to love and accept themselves instead of accepting small treats from men who will in turn exploit them sexually. According to her, prostitution and substance abuse go hand in hand and are used as a means to escape from reality.
She urges prostitutes to obtain alternative employment and to never consider violence “normal” or “part of the job”.
When Wambui quit her old life close to five years ago, the hardest part was facing her four children.
“Facing my children and pleading with them for forgiveness was not easy, but it was certainly worth it,” she says.
Her children, aged between 35 and 27, run different businesses.
Apart from seeking to transform her former colleagues, Wambui is in charge of a micro-finance organisation in Naivasha. She also attends adult literacy classes.
“I still can become a doctor; my dream has never died,” she concludes.

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Why do 'honor' murders still happen?

Islam doesn't justify 'honor murders,' experts insist

January 30th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
(CNN) - Zainab Shafia's crime was to run off to marry a man her parents hated. Middle sister Sahar's crime was to wear revealing clothes and have secret boyfriends. Youngest sister Geeti's crime was to do badly in school and call social workers for help dealing with a family home in turmoil.
The punishment for all three teenage Canadian sisters was the same: death.
Their executioner: their brother, acting on instructions from the father to run their car off the road.
Another family member, their father's first wife in a polygamous marriage, was also killed.
Hamed Shafia, his father, Mohammed, and his mother, Tooba Mohammed Yahya, were sentenced to life in prison for murder, with Judge Robert Maranger excoriating their "twisted notion of honor, a notion of honor that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society."
Leading Muslim thinkers wholeheartedly endorsed the Canadian judge's verdict, insisting that "honor murders" had no place and no support in Islam.
"There is nothing in the Quran that justifies honor killings. There is nothing that says you should kill for the honor of the family," said Taj Hargey, director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford in England.
"This idea that 'somehow a girl has besmirched our honor and therefore the thing to do is kill her' is bizarre, and Muslims should stop using this defense," he said, arguing that the practice is cultural, not religious in origin.
"You cannot say this is what Islam approves of. You can say this is what their culture approves of," he said.
The Shafia family is originally from Afghanistan.
Experts say honor murders take place in many parts of the world.
"It's definitely a problem that happens in many different places: the Middle East, Pakistan, Bangladesh and among immigrant communities in North America," said Nadya Khalife, a researcher on women's rights in the Arab world for Human Rights Watch.
Several Arab countries and territories, including Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen and the Palestinian territories, have laws providing lesser sentences for honor murders than for other murders, Human Rights Watch says.
Egypt and Jordan also have laws that have been interpreted to allow reduced sentences for honor crimes, the group says.
Reliable figures of the number of honor murders are hard to come by, Khalife said, but she pointed to a United Nations Population Fund estimate of 5,000 per year.
Khalife agreed that the practice should not be blamed on Islam.
"It's not linked to religion; it's more cultural," she said. "There have been several Islamic scholars who have issued fatwas against honor killing."
Mohammed Shafia, who denied murder, said himself in court that Islam did not justify honor murders.
"In our religion, a person who kills his wife or daughter, there is nothing more dishonorable," he testified.
But Shafia was heard condemning his dead children in wiretapped conversations played in court.
"May the devil defecate on their graves! This is what a daughter should be? Would a daughter be such a whore?" he said.
Hargey, the director of the Muslim Educational Centre, said violence was sometimes the result of painful transition.
"Muslims are in a state of flux," he said.
"They are between two worlds: the ancient world and the new technological age," he said. "Women are getting rights and the ability to choose their own spouses. The family in Canada didn't know how to respond to this: the conflict between the discipline of children and the new reality."
Irshad Manji, the author of "Allah, Liberty and Love: Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom," said there was another conflict at work in honor murders, a term CNN uses in preference to "honor killings" because the latter phrase does not properly describe the crime.
It is "a tribal tradition that emphasizes the family or the tribe or the community over the individual," she said.
Although the practice may not be Islamic, she said, not all Muslims understand the distinction.
"It is a problem within Islam because of how Muslims often confuse culture and religion," she said. "It's Muslims who have to learn to separate culture and religion. If we don't, Islam will continue to get the bad name that it gets."
But one vocal British campaigner against honor violence points out that not all the crimes are perpetrated by Muslims.
Jasvinder Sanghera, who was the victim of a forced marriage, is not Muslim; she is Sikh.
"Significant cases are happening within South Asian communities, be it Pakistani, Indian, Sikh, Muslim, Kurdish, Iranian, Middle Eastern communities," she said.
"And we have to recognize that because the statistics don't lie. I am not standing here trying to embarrass those communities. But equally, those communities should be ashamed because this is happening in their community and they are not taking a stand," she said.
On the other hand, honor murders are not a problem in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population.
"No such a practice can be found among Indonesian Muslims," said Azyumardi Azra, the director of the graduate school at the State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia.
" 'Honor killing' is, I believe, a cultural problem among Arab and South Asian Muslims. I don't think that kind of practice has an Islamic basis," he said.
Although women and girls make up the overwhelming number of victims, there have been at least some male victims, including Ahmet Yildiz, a gay Turkish man whose fugitive father is the main suspect in his 2008 shooting death.
Britain has had about a dozen honor murders per year for the past several years, said Ghayasuddin Siddiqui of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain.
He, too, said the crimes were not justified by Islam.
"This comes from tribal customs where the father - not both parents - see children as their property. A girl decides to marry somebody of whom their parents do not approve, and they conspire and find some way to kill and dispose of this body," he said. "This is a kind of misplaced shame that parents feel that their daughter has decided to marry somebody of her choosing, not theirs."
Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has an expert devoted to prosecuting honor-based violence, Nazir Afzal.
Convicting perpetrators can be difficult, he said.
"There is a wall of silence around this, and people are not prepared to talk," he said.
But Afzal insisted that it was "absolutely important that you bring every single person to justice because you want to deter other people from doing it."
And along with the Islamic scholars and human rights advocates, he rejected out of hand the idea that religion justified it.
"At the end of the day, murder is murder. There is no faith on Earth, no community on Earth that justifies this," he said.
"Abrahamic faiths say 'Thou shalt not kill,' " he pointed out. "At the end of the day, nobody should die for this."
CNN's Paula Newton, Atika Shubert, Bharati Naik, Ashley Hayes, Ivan Watson and Becky Anderson contributed to this report.
- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

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'Honor' crime: Why just kissing a boy can trigger murder


By Peter Wilkinson, CNN
August 24, 2012 -- Updated 2135 GMT (0535 HKT)

'Honor' survivor campaigns in schools

  • Jasvinder Sanghera ran away from home aged 15 to escape arranged marriage
  • She said her parents disowned her to this day because she'd "shamed and dishonored them"
  • Her sister committed suicide rather than marry man to whom she was promised
  • Sanghera: Triggers can be trivial or serious; religious communities doing little to tackle honor crime
London (CNN) -- Jasvinder Sanghera was eight years old when she was promised in marriage to a man she had never met. When, six years later, her mother showed Sanghera a photograph of her intended husband, the 14-year-old reacted with horror.
The pressure on the youngster mounted as Sanghera's Indian-born mother tried to involve her in the wedding arrangements. When she refused to marry the man, saying she wanted to finish her education in her hometown of Derby, in the English Midlands, her family held her prisoner in her bedroom until she relented, she said.
"In the end I said yes, but started to plan my escape," Sanghera, one of seven sisters, recalled. Her parents released her, and she promptly ran away from home. She was just 15 years old.
"My mother told me I couldn't come back until I agreed (to the marriage) or I was dead in their eyes. My family disowned me to this day.
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"I'd shamed them and dishonored them. I don't talk to any of them any more. It's been 29 years since then."
When Sanghera left, her younger sister had to marry the man to whom she had been promised. "That was the only way [my parents] had to save honor, in their eyes," she told CNN.
Her parents, who have subsequently died, also forced her other sisters to enter into arranged marriages, she said. "As a young person growing up in Britain, going to their houses, you'd see horrific stories of them being beaten and abused," she said. "Yet my mother's response was to tell them to stay there because it was their duty to make the marriage work for the sake of our honor."
Sanghera wept as she recalled the fate of one of her sisters, whom she said was beaten by her husband. "She went to my family, for help. But at the age of 24 she set herself on fire and committed suicide.
CNN's attempts to locate the husband to seek comment have been unsuccessful.
"Her death was a time for me where I recognized just how important honor is to a family." Sanghera added that for her parents, "losing a daughter in such a horrific way" had dishonored them.
Sanghera now uses her experience to campaign in British schools against arranged marriages and so-called "honor" crimes, and has set up a network for victims, called Karma Nirvana.
The charity, which is partly funded by the British government, takes 500 calls a month from both men and women who have concerns. Sanghera described the different kinds of people who ring: "Typical calls include a teacher having to deal with an eight-year-old girl saying I'm going to Pakistan to get married. Our call handlers are trained to handle this.
"Many professionals are trained to be culturally sensitive in Britain, but this means we have to help them overcome their fears of being called a racist, because that is what perpetrators will use to get them to turn a blind eye."
The issue of killing people to preserve a family's honor was brought to wider attention earlier this year when three members of a family of Afghan immigrants were convicted in Canada for the killing of four relatives. The defendants were sentenced to life in prison. Two of them admitted during their trial they were angry about the victims' western attitudes.
Experts say the case has lifted the lid on just how common so-called "honor" murders are around the world, and in places some would not suspect. "It's definitely a problem that happens in many different places: the Middle East, Pakistan, Bangladesh and among immigrant communities in North America," said Nadya Khalife, a researcher on women's rights in the Arab world for Human Rights Watch.
Several Arab countries and territories, including Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen and the Palestinian territories, have laws providing lesser sentences for so-called "honor" murders than for other murders, Human Rights Watch says.
I've seen cases where girls have been murdered for passing their driving test, having aspirations after school, for being seen kissing a boy at a Tube station, asking for divorce. These are all triggers
Jasvinder Sanghera
Egypt and Jordan also have laws that have been interpreted to allow reduced sentences for "honor" crimes, the group says.
Reliable figures of the number of honor murders are hard to come by, Khalife said, but she pointed to a United Nations Population Fund estimate of 5,000 per year.
The triggers for an "honor" crime can be varied. "It can be anything that you take for granted, such as being a normal adolescent teenager or being a bit rebellious," Sanghera said.
"That can be having your nose pierced, dyeing your hair pink, having a mobile phone, going on social networks -- these are the things that can be perceived as being dishonorable to a family that operates an "honor" system.
"They are the things that can put a victim at risk of a forced marriage, 'honor abuse' or even murder. I've seen cases where girls have been murdered for passing their driving test, having aspirations after school, for being seen kissing a boy at a Tube station, asking for divorce. These are all triggers."
Experts say the practice should not be blamed on Islam. "It's not linked to religion; it's more cultural," said Khalife. "There have been several Islamic scholars who have issued fatwas against 'honor killing.'"
Sanghera agreed, but said South Asian communities in Britain needed to do more. "No religion, be it Islam or Sikhism supports this. In fact they support what I'm saying, but those religious leaders don't say that.
"I'm not trying to embarrass those communities, but they should be ashamed because it is happening and they're not taking a stand."
CNN's Atika Shubert contributed to this report.