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No flak from the law for floating Alaska strip club
May 19, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska man says he didn't have problems with authorities after he reopened a strip club on his converted crabbing boat as a way to protest his conviction on federal charges.

Darren Byler launched the first nightly protest Thursday in a harbor near the island town of Kodiak. He says about 35 people showed up to watch eight exotic dancers aboard the 94-foot Wild Alaskan.

Byler was fined and sentenced to probation in January for disposing human waste off the same vessel. He says the federal "poop" charges were retaliation from authorities and others who disapprove of the exotic-dancer business. He's not serving alcohol or charging admission, but people have to pay $25 for a round-trip water-taxi ride.

Coast Guard and Kodiak police didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:41 am 
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Scepticism as German law to protect prostitutes takes effect
By Wiebke Doerdrechter
1 July 2017

Hamburg (dpa) – Leila, a 26-year-old from Bulgaria, earns her living as a prostitute in a bordello near the city of Hamburg's world-famous red-light Reeperbahn area, where on Saturday new regulations aimed at protecting sex workers from coercion and exploitation take effect.

But Leila is sceptical. "I do think it good that we are to be better protected," she says. "But the new regulations will achieve just the opposite."

Like Leila, others in the "oldest profession" are upset about the regulations going into place across Germany. Among the regulations, sex workers are to register with authorities, thereby losing their anonymity. Also, prostitutes must undergo regular health check consultations. As to specific sex practices, condoms are now required by law, and such things as a "gangbang party" and the "flat rate" are banned.

"I don't have a registered address in Germany, and so I can't register with the authorities," she said, noting this is the case for many women in the industry. "If we are caught without the registration papers, we face being fined. This scares us," Leila said, adding that she is now thinking of moving to a more remote area of Hamburg.

The scepticism among the sex workers stands in contrast to what appear to be the sensible aims of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs to provide sex workers with greater self-determination and protect them from being coerced into prostitution and exploitation. With the new compulsory registration, the sex workers would have to register by name, address and with a photograph, and carry the papers with them.

An association called Dona Carmen, which works to protect the rights of prostitutes, has filed suit against the new law in the country's constitutional court in Karlsruhe. Sex workers were being "subjected to a system of demeaning controls" and "robbed of their basic rights," the association alleges.

Back on the Reeperbahn, a sex customer named Thomas is sceptical. Thomas, 52, regularly goes to "gangbang parties" where a prostitute has sex with several men. "I ask myself, why?" he says about the bans on this and the so-called "flatrate" practice. He insists that at the parties he attends there is no coercion. Now, the electrician predicts, the parties won't disappear - they'll simply move to private apartments under the guise of being a "pornography film shooting."

Thorsten Eitner, operator of the Pink Palace on the Reeperbahn, says he cannot yet say specifically what might change in his establishment. What is certain is that he will post a sign on the door about the mandatory use of condoms.

Lada Jana, who operates a dominatrix studio, says the new regulations came as "a shock" to her. The mother of two, she points out that in the future she must go to the obligatory health check consultations, even though she does not engage in sex with her clients. "This is discriminatory," she complains. In addition, she must now meet new building code regulations for her studio, such as separate toilets for her and her clients. "We know that many prostitutes shy away from revealing their activity to the authorities, because they fear becoming socially ostracised," says Marcel Schweitzer, spokesman for Hamburg's Social Welfare Office.

As a result, during the legislation draft process, the city had spoken out against introducing the compulsory registration. All the same, Hamburg will also be holding the obligatory health consultations with sex workers from October on.

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Britain to make porn sites check that users are at least 18
17 July 2017

LONDON (AP) -- The British government says that starting next year pornography websites will have to verify that their users are at least 18.

The government says that from April 2018 websites will have to show they are blocking access by minors, possibly by making users supply credit-card details. A regulator will have the power to fine those that fail to comply. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says the move will protect young people from "deeply damaging" imagery.

But the Open Rights Group says the rule may let websites build up databases of users' personal information and porn habits. Executive director Jim Killick said Monday that the information "could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison-style hacks." In 2015, hackers stole details of millions of users of the infidelity website.

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