A Sydney brothel owner who prostituted a 14-year-old girl has been given a suspended jail sentence and a good behaviour bond. Jennifer Weatherstone, 50, was convicted of two counts of causing a child to participate in child prostitution in 2011.
The court heard the teenager, known as “Charlie”, went to police on her first night working at the brothel after she was asked to have unprotected sex with a 75-year-old man. She said she’d run away from home and claimed Weatherstone had offered her a job without asking her age.
Weatherstone, who owns the Sparkling Chandeliers brothel in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, disputed the girls claims, telling the court she thought the girl looked least 19, that she’d found a Facebook page which listed the girls age as 24 and that the girl had first presented herself drunk.
Some would argue that in handing down a suspended sentence, the Judge issued an overtly light punishment for such a heinous crime, the maximum sentence for child prostitution is 14 years in prison ::::
In giving Weatherstone a suspended two-year prison sentence, District Court Judge Anthony Garling said the 14-year-old went to the brothel of her own free will to ask about work, however he found that Weatherstone “must have known, or should have known, she was underage” and he rejected Weatherstone’s defence’s claim that her capacity to comprehend what she was doing had been restricted by her mental health.
At a previous hearing it was noted by the Judge that two psychiatrists had found Weatherstone was fit to stand trial, Weatherstone denied all charges, including managing the brothel where the child prostitution had taken place.
Weatherstone’s website – spaklingchadeliers.com.au – is perhaps a testiment to Weatherstone’s state of mind, containing ramblings on “Astrological Events,” linked to drug trafficking, murder and a paranoid history of Sydney’s infamous Kings Cross.
However the Judge didn’t find Weatherstone’s tale believable, “She went to work each day, she went home each day. The CCTV footage appears to show her going about her work as the person managing the business … and while her delusions sometimes got the better of her, she certainly knew what she was doing,” the Judge said. “Young people need protection. This young lady, who had had a difficult life, was vulnerable. She needed a responsible person, such as the offender, to protect her. She needed the offender to say ‘No, you’ll not work in this brothel’.”
He said the nature of the offence warranted a two-year prison sentence, but said it ought to be suspended because Weatherstone had no previous convictions, and to enable her to receive treatment for her mental condition. The judge said Weatherstone has a mental illness that causes her to have delusions.
He said she has a “belief in persecution” and is preoccupied with beliefs about the Kings Cross underworld, he noted that she represented herself during her judge-only trial.
“She’s not unintelligent,” Judge Garling told the court. but noted the offences were serious and the 14-year-old deserved to be protected.
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Australia’s most livable state, Victoria has modified existing sexting legislation to outlaw “revenge porn,” making it the first on the continent-down-under to criminalize the new form of cyber harassment.
The forthcoming law will make it an offense to take part in “non-consensual sexting;” i.e., deliberately sending explicit pictures of someone that isn’t yourself. Penalties for those who break the new law haven’t been finalised.
The laws have been through several drafts, including amendments added to protect minors – who post nude photos to one another – from being hit with child pornography charges.
Revenge porn first kicked off in 2010 with the launch of isanyoneup.com, a submission based porn site started by Hunter Moore. The site was a massive hit, dragging in hundreds of thousand of dollars in advertising revenue and attracting 30 million pageviews a month :: WARNING NSFW! CONTAINS ADULT THEMES + NUDITY :: Read the full article »»»»
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A South Australian computer technician who downloaded child pornography and frequented internet chatrooms in order to fulfil his impaired sexual fantasies about toddlers has been jailed for 3 years. 38 year old Steven John Bolbot, pleaded guilty to an aggravated count of possessing child pornography as well as two counts of producing child pornography.
The Adelaide District Court heard that South Australia Police officers searched Bolbot’s home in February 2012, during the search they found Bolbot using an internet chatroom, they also discovered 2,280 chat logs – of Bolbot role-playing – and found 246 images of child pornography on hard drives in his possession.
The court heard Bolbot’s social isolation and internet addiction led him to use chatrooms to explore his sexual fantasies about young children. It heard Bolbot was employed as a computer technician in 2009, He was however sacked as a result of the criminal charges.
Several researchers have reported correlations between paedophilia and certain psychological characteristics, such as low self-esteem and poor social skills. While we’ve spent quite a large amount of time outing paedophile behaviour – Paedophilia – there is a gathering body of evidence that describes this abominable behaviour as an illness.
We accept that this an extremely complicated issue – as outlined in articles such as: Cohen et al ’Personality Impairment in Male Paedophiles‘ which outlines a view of paedophiles as having an illness, described as impaired interpersonal functioning, elevated passive-aggressiveness, as well as an impaired self-concept.
According to the authors, pathologic personality traits in paedophiles lend support to a hypothesis that such pathology is related to both motivation for and failure to inhibit paedophilia behaviour. However, in Australia the sentencing of this most damaging anti-social behaviour is at best weak, in comparison: a US court has just sentenced a paedophile to 40 years jail :: Read the full article »»»»
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It’s en ease to bag out the behemoth that is Google, outwardly the company looks like a money making machine – without a huge social conscience – Scratch the surface a little however, and your glimmered by small signs of hope. There’s a bunch of cool stuff coming out of Google’s X-Labs, Project Loony’s superneat wifi via balloon power. Google Culture dictates that the company has a social conscience, exercising that conscience is – it seems– a little harder?
In it’s latest effort to set-things-right, Google is doing what it does best, it’s creating an image database to help law enforcement control the traffic of offensive images and remove child pornography from the web. Indeed, it’s a no-brainer, Google’s mission statement outlines the company’s intention to ‘organize the worlds information’ and mapping a world of depravity in order to be rid of it, something the company is exemplary at.
While we’d love to sing Google’s praises, we are left wondering why that hadn’t happened sooner, search, categorize and list is after all what Google does best?
Now that Google has announced plans to setup an online database of offensive images, you can expect that the war will escalate quickly. The ethos of the plan is to enable law enforcement agencies, not-for-profits and private companies to detect and remove offensive content more easily :: Read the full article »»»»
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Almost 700 people were handed prison sentences last year for driving without licences or registration.
The Committee on Law and Safety has recommended that courts be allowed to take a person’s character and the nature of the offence into account when imposing disqualification periods.
The committee’s Chairman, John Barilaro, says dangerous drivers need to be dealt with. But he says those who are safe should not be excessively disadvantaged :: Read the full ABC article »»»»