When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Regan Williams, co-founder of Seen and Heard, wants adults to listen to children. by  Derek Beres Regan Williams, CEO of Seen and Heard, is on a mission to help foster youth develop necessary social and career skills through the performing arts. Williams says 300,000 American children are commercially trafficked every year. Children in our society are ignored except when they’re famous or sexualized, which is part of the reason sexual abuse is not covered. Between Jeffrey Epstein and George Nader, there’s been a lot of talk about child sex trafficking and child pornography in the … Continue reading When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast The hashtags were out in force Saturday morning, running well ahead of the facts. by  Kelly Weill This story has been updated. Moments after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was announced dead in what law enforcement sources described as an apparent suicide in his New York City jail cell, conspiracy theories about his death erupted. Epstein, 66, was being held on child sex-trafficking charges for his role in allegedly procuring underage girls for wealthy men. He had been on suicide watch in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan after a previous suicide attempt last month, … Continue reading Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

THE PERFECT IRONY THAT ‘THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’ FILM WAS ALSO A REAL-LIFE SCAM

How Leo got caught up in a money-laundering scheme that screwed the Malaysian people out of billions by Zaron Burnett III It’s April 2013 in New York. Ensconced in a Chelsea studio bubbling with celebrities and champagne, an international man of mystery records his vanity music project. The ballad the 30-year-old sings is called “Void of a Legend.” The man calls himself Jho Low. At one point in his recording session, rapper Busta Rhymes and super-producer Pharrell Williams show up. Low shouts at Busta, “Yo! I own you! You’re my bitch!” The Malaysian financial wunderkind is drunkenly referring to the … Continue reading THE PERFECT IRONY THAT ‘THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’ FILM WAS ALSO A REAL-LIFE SCAM

Inside the Minds of Cartel Hitmen: Hannibal Lecters for Hire

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast A groundbreaking new study seeks to profile the behavior patterns of cartel assassins in Mexico, offering a rare glimpse into their strange and tortured psyches. by Jeremy Kryt PANAMA CITY, Panama—One of the things that shocked me the first time I talked with an active cartel member in Mexico was hearing how much he loved his work. But as time went on, and I interviewed others like him, I came to see that my initial surprise derived from my own naiveté. In fact, almost every time I’ve spoken to a sicario, as the cartel assassins are called, or … Continue reading Inside the Minds of Cartel Hitmen: Hannibal Lecters for Hire

The big squeeze

Lemon vendors in Palermo, Sicily, in 1943. Photo by J R Eyerman/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today by Ola Olsson is professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is the author of Essentials of Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (2012), and his new book Prehistorical Economics: From African Origins to Civilization is due out in 2019. Edited by Sally Davies The Sicilian mafia is probably the most famous criminal organisation in the world. It’s been known to exist at least since the 1870s, when a Sicilian landlord documented how … Continue reading The big squeeze

OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

by Soren Dreier Author: Mol The shocking extent of the threat to children from online sex offenders is revealed today by the Home Secretary. Thousands of youngsters are in danger of being groomed, exploited and blackmailed by sexual predators on the internet, warns Sajid Javid. He says at least 80,000 paedophiles are using websites including social media. In a flagship speech today, he will call on technology giants to do more to remove vile photos and videos. An alarming indication of the scale of the menace to children: The National Crime Agency said the number of tips about online child abuse … Continue reading OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN

The Kenyan Beach Town Malindi Is a Tropical Paradise—With a Mafia Problem

Photo Credit: Megan lacobini de Fazio The Kenyan coastal town of Malindi is known for its pristine white beaches and Italian vibe, but it has a dark side as well. by Megan Iacobini De Fazio If it weren’t for the oppressive humidity and the slight scent of frangipani, you might think you were in Italy. In the corner of a restaurant, a skinny woman with brassy blonde hair, diamante earrings and skin the color of old leather pushes the remains of her penne al pomodoroaround on the plate, before finally giving up and signaling to the Kenyan waiter: “Un espresso, perfavore!” A … Continue reading The Kenyan Beach Town Malindi Is a Tropical Paradise—With a Mafia Problem