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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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Bikini baristas sue Washington city over dress code law
By GENE JOHNSON
September 11, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seven bikini baristas and the owner of a chain of the coffee stands called "Hillbilly Hotties" sued the city of Everett, Washington, on Monday, saying two recently passed ordinances banning bare skin violate their right to free expression.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, says the ordinances passed by the Everett City Council deny bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate through their attire, are vague and confusing, and unlawfully target women. "Just like Starbucks with green aprons, UPS with brown trucks and outfits, and Hooter's with short-orange shorts, the baristas' attire evokes a message at work," the lawsuit says, adding that such messages include "freedom, empowerment, openness, acceptance, approachability, vulnerability and individuality."

One of Everett's new laws requires the workers to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts. It specifically applies to employees at "quick service" restaurants, which also include fast food and food trucks. The other redefined the city's lewd conduct ordinance and created a new crime of facilitating lewd conduct. Both ordinances took effect early this month.

The city cited "a proliferation of crimes of a sexual nature occurring at bikini barista stands throughout the city" in adopting the measures. "Employees and owners of barista stands where this conduct occurs are making large sums of money from overtly sexual, lewd conduct, and prostitution," the city declared in one of the measures. A spokeswoman said the city had no comment on the lawsuit.

Everett and Snohomish County, where it's located north of Seattle, have had a troubled history with the shops, which in some cases have operated as drive-thru strip clubs or even brothels. A former Snohomish County sheriff's sergeant pleaded guilty to helping launder money from a prostitution operation run out of some of the roadside stands and was sentenced to one year in jail. The proprietor of another chain, the Grab-N-Go espresso huts, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor after he employed a 16-year-old girl at his stands. Prosecutors said his business model relied on the baristas performing lewd shows.

But Jovanna Edge, who runs five Hillbilly Hotties stands, including two in Everett, said the city's new laws are unnecessary. A few years ago, she said, she gave Everett police permission to log in and view surveillance video of her stands so they can observe what's happening in real time. "I don't want to hide anything from them," Edge said Monday. "Everybody needs to follow the rules, to not step out of the box and take their clothes off for people. That's a way to keep them honest." Since the laws took effect, she said, "I have people who are threatening to quit because they're not making any money."

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that the laws' definitions of what skin must be covered up are confusing. The dress code for baristas refers to the "upper and lower body," stomach, and back below the shoulder blades, among other areas. "The length of a common woman's shirt is often short enough that stretching or bending would reveal part of her back or stomach," the lawsuit says.

The other measure bans "an exposure of more than one-half of the part of the female breast located below the top of the areola." "To properly enforce the citywide ordinance, a police officer must determine the location of the 'top of a woman's areola,' which can only be seen by exposing the breast," the complaint says. "This would subject women to humiliating and offensive searches."

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