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Taxi Service Started By Women, for Women, Launches in India*

Taxi Service Started By Women, for Women, Launches in India*

By Amanda Froelich

 

Did you know? Every day in India, approximately 93 women are raped, according to 2014 statistics. To cut down on the amount of violence and harassment toward females, which are still perceived to be the “lesser sex” by many, a new auto-rickshaw service has been launched which is being hailed as a groundbreaking achievement.

The Times of India reports that Pink Auto Service is owned and operated by women, and only serves other females. Founded by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), the service seeks to ensure women of any age have safe access to transportation. An additional benefit is guaranteed employment with the company. At present, the Pink Auto Service employs 15 women, and 70 more are in training.

Said Gayatri Jariwala, SMC assistant commissioner: “We have a batch of 70 women and 15 are ready to begin work. They have licenses and we also helped them to get work from schools in the area. We have concentrated on girls schools and girl students for women drivers.”

“We everyday read about harassment of women commuters in different cities. This is why we thought of this service which not only provides employment to women but ensures safe travel for female passengers,” Jariwala added.

It is estimated that every month, the 15 employed women will each be able to earn at least 18,000 Rupees ($278.54 USD) — a decent income for most Indian residents.

Pink Auto Service was initiated by Chief minister Vijay Rupani at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Community Hall in Surat over the weekend. In the future, SMC intends on starting a Pink Van Service to employ even more females.

 

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Rape in India Gains Its Rightful Status*

Child Rapist Tied Up and Beaten To Death by Women in India*

Sex Trafficking Victim Receives Compensation from Indian Gov’t*

Rape, Jews, and Bollywood*

The Protocols of Zion

I’m a Paediatrician: How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse*

I’m a Paediatrician: How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse*

By Michelle Cretella

Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.

Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women’s access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.

But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.

As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.

I speak as someone intimately familiar with the paediatric and behavioral health communities and their practices. I am a mother of four who served 17 years as a board certified general paediatrician with a focus in child behavioral health prior to leaving clinical practice in 2012.

For the last 12 years, I have been a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, and for the last three years I have served as its president.

I also sat on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity from 2010 to 2015. This organization of physicians and mental health professionals defends the right of patients to receive psychotherapy for sexual identity conflicts that is in line with their deeply held values based upon science and medical ethics.

I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.

Here’s a look at some of the changes.

The New Normal

Paediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centres for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013.

In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the east coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.

With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future paediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, gender clinics are bound to proliferate further.

Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear.

Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming—without any evidence—that these procedures are “safe.”

Two leading paediatric associations—the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society—have followed in lockstep, endorsing the transition affirmation approach even as the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on low evidence.

They even admit that the only strong evidence regarding this approach is its potential health risks to children.

The transition-affirming view holds that children who “consistently and persistently insist” that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.

(The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who “consistently and persistently insists” on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.)

The transition-affirming protocol tells parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric.

If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.

So-called “bottom surgeries,” or genital reassignment surgeries, are not recommended before age 18, though some surgeons have recently argued against this restriction.

The transition-affirming approach has been embraced by public institutions in media, education, and our legal system, and is now recommended by most national medical organizations.

There are exceptions to this movement, however, in addition to the American College of Pediatricians and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice. These include the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Christian Medical and  Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the LGBT-affirming Youth Gender Professionals.

The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.

Here are some of those basic facts.

  1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”

Some brain studies have suggested that some are born with a transgendered brain. But these studies are seriously flawed and prove no such thing.

Virtually everything about human beings is influenced by our DNA, but very few traits are hardwired from birth. All human behavior is a composite of varying degrees for nature and nurture.

Researchers routinely conduct twin studies to discern which factors (biological or non-biological) contribute more to the expression of a particular trait. The best designed twin studies are those with the greatest number of subjects.

Identical twins contain 100% of the same DNA from conception and are exposed to the same prenatal hormones. So if genes and/or prenatal hormones contributed significantly to transgenderism, we should expect both twins to identify as transgender close to 100% of the time.

Skin colour, for example, is determined by genes alone. Therefore, identical twins have the same skin colour 100% of the time.

But in the largest study of twin transgender adults, published by Dr. Milton Diamond in 2013, only 28% of the identical twins both identified as transgender. Seventy-two percent of the time, they differed. (Diamond’s study reported 20% identifying as transgender, but his actual data demonstrate a 28% figure, as I note here in footnote 19.)

That 28% of identical twins both identified as transgender suggests a minimal biological predisposition, which means transgenderism will not manifest itself without outside non-biological factors also impacting the individual during his lifetime.

The fact that the identical twins differed 72% of the time is highly significant because it means that at least 72% of what contributes to transgenderism in one twin consists of non-shared experiences after birth—that is, factors not rooted in biology.

Studies like this one prove that the belief in “innate gender identity”—the idea that “feminized” or “masculinized” brains can be trapped in the wrong body from before birth—is a myth that has no basis in science.

  1. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

Even the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95% of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress. The vast majority came to accept their biological sex by late adolescence after passing naturally through puberty.

But with transition affirmation now increasing in Western society, the number of children claiming distress over their gender—and their persistence over time—has dramatically increased. For example, the Gender Identity Development Service in the United Kingdom alone has seen a 2,000 percent increase in referrals since 2009.

  1. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

Puberty blockers have been studied and found safe for the treatment of a medical disorder in children called precocious puberty (caused by the abnormal and unhealthy early secretion of a child’s pubertal hormones).

However, as a groundbreaking paper in The New Atlantis points out, we cannot infer from these studies whether or not these blockers are safe in physiologically normal children with gender dysphoria.

The authors note that there is some evidence for decreased bone mineralization, meaning an increased risk of bone fractures as young adults, potential increased risk of obesity and testicular cancer in boys, and an unknown impact upon psychological and cognitive development.

With regard to the latter, while we currently don’t have any extensive, long-term studies of children placed on blockers for gender dysphoria, studies conducted on adults from the past decade give cause for concern.

For example, in 2006 and 2007, the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reported brain abnormalities in the area of memory and executive functioning among adult women who received blockers for gynecologic reasons. Similarly, many studies of men treated for prostate cancer with blockers also suggest the possibility of significant cognitive decline.

  1. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

Most, if not all, children on puberty blockers go on to take cross-sex hormones (estrogen for biological boys, testosterone for biological girls). The only study to date to have followed pre-pubertal children who were socially affirmed and placed on blockers at a young age found that 100% of them claimed a transgender identity and chose cross-sex hormones.

This suggests that the medical protocol itself may lead children to identify as transgender.

There is an obvious self-fulfilling effect in helping children impersonate the opposite sex both biologically and socially. This is far from benign, since taking puberty blockers at age 12 or younger, followed by cross-sex hormones, sterilizes a child.

  1. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

From studies of adults we know that the risks of cross-sex hormones include, but are not limited to, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, strokes, diabetes, and cancers.

  1. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.

Scientific data show that people under the age of 21 have less capacity to assess risks. There is a serious ethical problem in allowing irreversible, life-changing procedures to be performed on minors who are too young themselves to give valid consent.

  1. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

Advocates of the transition-affirming protocol allege that suicide is the direct and inevitable consequence of withholding social affirmation and biological alterations from a gender-dysphoric child. In other words, those who do not endorse the transition-affirming protocol are essentially condemning gender-dysphoric children to suicide.

Yet as noted earlier, prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95% of gender-dysphoric youth ended up happy with their biological sex after simply passing through puberty.

In addition, contrary to the claim of activists, there is no evidence that harassment and discrimination, let alone lack of affirmation, are the primary cause of suicide among any minority group. In fact, at least one study from 2008 found perceived discrimination by LGBT-identified individuals not to be causative.

Over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental disorder, and there is no evidence that gender-dysphoric children who commit suicide are any different. Many gender dysphoric children simply need therapy to get to the root of their depression, which very well may be the same problem triggering the gender dysphoria.

  1. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Adults who undergo sex reassignment—even in Sweden, which is among the most LGBT-affirming countries—have a suicide rate nearly 20 times greater than that of the general population. Clearly, sex reassignment is not the solution to gender dysphoria.

Bottom Line: Transition-Affirming Protocol Is Child Abuse

The crux of the matter is that while the transition-affirming movement purports to help children, it is inflicting a grave injustice on them and their non-dysphoric peers.

These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases.

Today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage.

These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse. Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescents, as well as an end to promoting gender ideology via school curricula and legislative policies.

It is time for our nation’s leaders and the silent majority of health professionals to learn exactly what is happening to our children, and unite to take action.

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Swedish Music Festival Forced to Cancel as Rape Epidemic Beyond Control*

Swedish Music Festival Forced to Cancel as Rape Epidemic Beyond Control*

By Daniel Newton

Organizers of Sweden’s popular Bråvalla annual music festival have made the decision to cancel the 2018 event

Organizers of Sweden’s popular Bråvalla annual music festival have made the decision to cancel the 2018 event following the rape epidemic and reports of Sexual Assault that marred the festival recently. Swedish Police have confirmed they are investigating 22 counts of molestation and four potential rapes that were reported at the music festival near the Swedish town of Norrkoping. A teenage girl was reportedly sexually assaulted at the festival as well as multiple reports of molestation during the performance of Swedish musician Håkan Hellström. The statement from festival organizers read:

“Words cannot describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this. This is not f**ing okay. We do not accept this at our festival.”

RT.com reports: As news of the incident hit the headlines, the company in charge of the festival, FKP Scorpio, issued a statement, denouncing the violence and announcing that the event was being canceled next year. Saying that they have done “everything in our power,” to prevent sexual violence at the festival, the organizers argued that the problem itself goes far beyond Bråvalla and music festivals in general, and concerns Sweden as a whole.

 

“It is a huge social problem that affects every part of our society. Absolutely not just festivals. There are about a hundred rapes every day in Sweden and it is a challenge that society has to face,” the organizers said.

The company denied media reports that event’s cancellation was triggered by financial losses it suffered last year and not security or ethical concerns.

“Obviously, it’s not good financially to run a festival associated so strongly with violence and insecurity. But to say that we use violence as an excuse for not doing it next year is remarkable and cynical speculation,” the company said in a press release, cited by Expressen.

Sex crime allegations, meanwhile, continued to pile up, with police announcing Sunday that another three women had reported incidents to law enforcement. A woman told officers she had been attacked by two men on a road leading from the festival camp and gang raped on Saturday night, according to police spokesman Thomas Agnevik, cited by Expressen. Another alleged victim said she was also raped during the Hellström concert. Police believe there is no link between her case and that of the first victim, save from the same time and venue. In a fourth case, a woman complained to police of a consensual sexual encounter going horribly wrong, when a male partner refused to stop despite her pleas.

So far, police have not identified suspects in any of the cases, but commended the decision by the organizers to put the event on hold.

“It is my personal opinion that if you cannot carry out festival without there being a crime victim, there should not be a festival,” Agnevik, the police spokesman, told Expressen.

Commenting on the spate of violence at the festival, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the reported crimes “disgusting acts” that must be stopped. Jan Björklund, leader of Sweden’s Liberal People’s Party, also condemned the attacks, describing them as “atrocious events.”

“Festivals should be a place of joy – for everyone. It will require strong action from the community, organizers, police, parents and from us if we are to put an end to sexual violence against women,” he said on Sunday.

The festival had attracted notoriety for its history of rape incidents. Last year, it courted controversy after five rapes and a number of assault and groping incidents were reported to police.

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The Protocols of Zion

 

11 Year Old Girl ‘Forced to Marry her Rapist’ by Church in Florida*

The 11 year old girl was forced to marry her pedophile rapist by the church in Florida

11 Year Old Girl ‘Forced to Marry her Rapist’ by Church in Florida*

By Jay Greenberg

Conservatives love using child marriages in the Muslim world as an excuse to hate. While the concept of a child marrying an older man is creepy, isn’t it strange that these same people have nothing to say about Christian child marriages in the United States?

On Friday, the New York Times published the heartbreaking story of Sherry Johnson. Johnson was raped by a 20-year-old member of her church and became pregnant in Florida and learned very quickly that Christianity can be very cruel to its adherents.

“It was forced on me,” she told the Times.

See, authorities had begun sniffing around because she was pregnant with a 20-year-old’s child, so church official made the decision that the best way to avoid embarrassment was to marry her off to her rapist. Unfortunately, her parents were just devout enough to go along with this horrible plan:

My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do I act like a wife?’”

Johnson remembers today, many years later. “She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.’” So she was.

A government clerk in Tampa, Fla., refused to marry an 11-year-old, even though this was legal in the state, so the wedding party went to nearby Pinellas County, where the clerk issued a marriage license. The license (which I’ve examined) lists her birth date, so officials were aware of her age.

Johnson was raped by both a minister and a parishioner, and the judge approved the marriage to the rapist who caused her to give birth at the age of 10 so that the investigation would end.

“What we want is for you to get married,” the judge told her.

“It was a terrible life,” Johnson says, noting that she missed school and spent her time changing diapers for what would eventually be nine children. Her husband would occasionally disappear and leave her to deal with everything.

“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says.

How can this happen? Because it’s perfectly legal. In most states, it is perfectly legal for a man to marry a child. While some have at least passed laws limiting the age to 16 or 17 and above, most have no limit whatsoever.

But Republicans are oddly resistant to progress. New Jersey lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that would raise the age to 18, for instance. the bill made it to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk, but he vetoed it in the name of “religious freedom.” Child marriage, which the United States condemned in other countries as a “human rights abuse that contributes to economic hardship” in a State Department document last year, is a practice that must end.

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‘nothing short of the nation’s first paedophile protection act’*

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The Desecration of Childhood

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Uganda Bans Dutch film for ‘glorifying homosexuality’*

Uganda Bans Dutch film for ‘glorifying homosexuality’*

The Dinner Club, a Dutch film made in 2010, is barred in Uganda the whole film revolves around the idea of cheating spouses

 

The Ugandan movie rating council denied classification to a homosexual film in a move that effectively bans the motion picture from being shown in the country.

The Uganda Media Council explained that the Dutch movie, The Dinner Club, “depicts and glorifies homosexuality” in addition to voicing other objections. Sodomy is illegal in Uganda.

The 2010 pro-gay movie was selected to be the Dutch entrance in Uganda’s third annual Euro-Uganda Film Festival but was cancelled after the Council’s decision. The Dutch Embassy in Uganda responded by pulling out of the movie festival altogether.

Bucking a global trend to normalize homosexuality, Uganda is banning the motion picture on moral grounds. The media council noted extensive moral objections to the movie, summarizing, “The film depicts and glorifies homosexuality, which is a criminal offense in Uganda.”

The media watchdog listed four scenes in the movie where homosexuality is positively shown and quoted from a scene in which normal, traditional, heterosexual marriage is disparaged, concluding, “This is against Ugandan values.”

It also listed various crimes depicted in the movie such as arson and violence against a hospital patient that “are not resolved and/or culprits apprehended.”

“The film is replete with various scenes of imitable behavior,” the media council continued, listing sexualized “deep kissing” in front of children, gulping alcohol (“almost throughout the movie”), smoking, nudity, and several steamy scenes of “sexual activity.”

“The whole film revolves around the idea of cheating spouses,” the movie ratings council wrote in its decision. The plot line, according to the council, is that “women form a ‘Dinner Club,’ which is in reality a sort of brothel.”

Further moral objections included “various scenes with lurid language,” including “the a-word, d-word and h-word” as well as “S and F words used a few times each and ‘bastard’ used several times.”

Homosexual activists objected to the decision. “The Ugandan Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 29, and this decision denies that right,” complained Henry Maina, regional director for ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa.

“This is not only a significant blow to artistic expression in Uganda but a worrying example of discrimination against LGBT expression.”

The ARTICLE 19 group demands that The Dinner Club be shown in the name of “artistic expression.”

The Dutch Embassy in Uganda posted on Facebook its disappointment with the Ugandan media council’s decision. Comments to the post from individuals were both supportive and critical.

One supporter of morality commented, “People from the West should know that Uganda has a culture and it’s very right to prohibit what they see as evil or will torment our culture.”

The Ugandan government has taken steps since its AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s to bring back traditional values that they associate with health and societal good.  Public health messages funded by the government promoted abstinence before marriage, fidelity in marriage, and the use of condoms “as a last resort.”

Abstinence is emphasized over condoms. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni explained that condoms “cannot become the main means of stemming the tide of AIDS.” Rather, condoms were only in the event that a man “cannot manage” to control himself, “as a fallback position, as a means of last resort.”

Before the AIDS epidemic, the practice of “concurrency” was common in Ugandan culture, where men would have more than one sex partner at a time, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Posters, newspaper ads, billboards, and radio and television campaigns delivered “Zero-Grazing” and “Love Carefully” messages to those men throughout the 1990s.

Community and religious leaders worked hand-in-hand with the government to encourage sexual morals among the populace. Schools taught abstinence before marriage, and fidelity in marriage.

In 1991, 15% of the population was infected with HIV. By 2007, that number had been cut by nearly two-thirds to six percent.

Homosexual activists in the West criticized Museveni’s morals campaign as unconstitutional throughout the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium.

More recent moral campaigns funded by the government include laws designed to curb alcohol abuse and discourage public smoking.

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Largest Sex Trafficking Bust in U.S. Dozens of High-Level ‘Slave Traders’ Indicted*

Largest Sex Trafficking Bust in U.S. Dozens of High-Level ‘Slave Traders’ Indicted*

 

By Matt Agorist

In what is being hailed as one of the largest prosecutions of its kind in U.S. history, dozens of high-level modern-day slave traders were recently indicted in the U.S. for enslaving hundreds of young women.

Spreading from coast to coast, authorities are calling it a sophisticated sex trafficking ring that forced hundreds of women to be “modern day sex slaves.”

Naturally, the root cause of the state finding the organization wasn’t the sex slaves — it was the concealment of millions of dollars.

This latest indictment goes after the money as outside of the conspiracy to commit sex trafficking charges, are the charges of conspiracy to engage in money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.

“From coast to coast, IRS Criminal Investigation is determined to team with our law enforcement partners to track down the individuals who facilitate and launder the proceeds of sex trafficking crimes,” said Special Agent in Charge Shea Jones, during the original indictment in October.

“Those who seek to enrich themselves by exploiting the desperate circumstances of their victims will not be tolerated in our cities.”

The women were taken from Thailand and brought to the United States.

They were forced to work as sex slaves and told they could buy their freedom if they paid off their nearly insurmountable bondage debts.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker explained the women were rotated through trafficking centres across the United States and “forced to have sex with strangers, even if the men were abusive.”

Sadly, this underground trafficking industry is allowed to thrive due to the United States’ prohibition on prostitution.

Because those who want to voluntarily sell sex face the constant threat of being kidnapped and caged by the state, the world’s oldest profession gets pushed into depraved black markets rife with abuse and, as this case illustrates, slavery.

Alex Khu, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Minneapolis, according to the AP, said his agency discovered the international ring after it began looking into a sex-trafficking case in the Twin Cities in 2014.

Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger had made sex trafficking a priority and travelled to Thailand as part of the investigation.

Luger was among the U.S. attorneys forced to resign in March, but prosecutors in the office have continued working this case, approaching it as they would an organized crime network.

As the AP reports, the conspiracy began in 2009, according to the indictment, with organizers bringing poor women who spoke little English from Bangkok to several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Washington, Houston, and Dallas.

The organization threatened to harm the women’s families in Thailand if they escaped.

“The victims were isolated. They typically did not have the ability to choose who they have sex with, what sex transactions they would engage in, or when they would have sex,” the indictment said.

The women were forced to have breast implants and the cost of the surgery would be added to their bondage.

Many of the arrests were the “house bosses” who ran the day to day operations of the modern day slave quarters scattered throughout the U.S. The money launderers were also arrested.

While many high-level arrests were made, the indictment noted that those at the top of the trafficking ring remain at large.

Although, one of the bosses of the organization was arrested in the first phase of the investigation and is in custody in Belgium.

Authorities are working to extradite her to the U.S., Khu said, according to the AP.

While the indictment notes that this ring forced hundreds of women into the U.S. to be sex slaves, it mentions very few who were actually rescued.

Human trafficking in the United States is a very real and horrifying problem.

As we have pointed out, the monsters behind this darkness are often upstanding members of society.

Through their connections within the state, they are allowed to operate these modern day slave trades with impunity.

Just as this case illustrated, the state didn’t go after them until they suspected they weren’t getting their cut.

To see the true scope of this trafficking epidemic, take a scroll through our archives, at this link.

In the meantime, if you suspect someone in your town may be a victim of this human trafficking, you can get free materials at Blue Campaign site.

This site offers discrete tear cards that are easily hidden and have numbers for victims to call for later reference to be rescued.

These materials are free and can be ordered at any time at this link.

Only until enough light is shined into the darkness will the cockroaches have nowhere to go. It is up to us to shine this light.

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The Birth Control Pills–Depression Link Big Pharma Does Not Want You To Know*

The Birth Control Pills–Depression Link Big Pharma Does Not Want You To Know*

Although men are fertile every day, the medical community consensus is that the onus of contraception falls on women, albeit they are only fertile for 6 days of the month. And as for one medical professional, an unwanted pregnancy “far outweighs” all other birth control side effects.

A study published in September last year examined the correlation between the use of hormonal birth control and depression.

According to the study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, which tracked over one million women using hormonal birth control for 13 years, those prescribed birth control – either the pill, hormonal IUD or vaginal ring – significantly increased their chances of being prescribed antidepressants.

The nationwide study found that of the million women living in Denmark who participated in the study, an increased risk of first use antidepressants and first diagnosed depression rated highest among adolescents.

It also outlined the importance of health care professionals informing their patients of the likely adverse side effects, including mood disturbances.

In an op-ed published in The Guardian late last year by Holly Grigg-Spall, the Danish findings are discussed. In pure figures, researchers discovered a 23% increase in those taking the combined oral contraceptive to develop depression. Those using the “mini-pill” saw a 34% increase. The hormonal IUS/coil, the patch and the ring showed an even larger increase in links to depression.

Those with pre-existing symptoms of depression experience worsening symptoms if they use the alternative LARCs (the long-acting reversible contraceptives), mainly prescribed to teens.

 

(The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein on Vimeo received its funds and is now a successful documentary series.)

According to one study published in NCBI, over 100 million women use oral contraceptives and mood changes are the main reason for discontinuing their use.

But according to Grigg-Spall, the appalling gatherings of medical ‘professionals’ that lined up to discredit the study only highlighted the position of woman in society.

In sharp contrast, the WHO documented through a large-scale study that men didn’t accept the male pill as viable because of the impact on their emotional wellbeing, highlighting the existing double-standard underscored by sexism.

Although men are fertile every day, the medical community consensus is that the onus of contraception falls on women, albeit they are only fertile for 6 days of the month. And as for one medical professional, an unwanted pregnancy “far outweighs” all other birth control side effects.

What is more devastating is these side effects have been known since the introduction of birth control pills for women, over 50 years ago. Pioneered by activist Margaret Sanger, biologist Gregory Pincus, Catholic physician and gynecologist John Rock, and self-funded by millionaire heiress Katherine McCormick, the development of the drug has a dark history.

Often, test subjects were given the pill without being told that it would stop pregnancy. When Americans by the dozens dropped out of the initial small studies – mainly to mood changes –  the group took their studies to unsuspecting Puerto Rican women. Again, however, women dropped out from the study due to the pill’s side effects.

It was then that women were forced to participate; those in mental asylums were enrolled in the program and female medical students in San Juan were told to take the pills, undergo invasive medical exams or face expulsion from college.

The potential side effects on mental health have been covered up since the pill’s initial development. Although they are surfacing now, they are still largely ignored. Unfortunately, in this largely sexist, one-sided debate, it is up to the woman to now educate herself and seize back her power.

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The Cognitive Differences between Males and Females*

 

By Bruce Goldman

 

 

When Nirao Shah decided in 1998 to study sex-based differences in the brain using up-to-the-minute molecular tools, he didn’t have a ton of competition. But he did have a good reason.

“I wanted to find and explore neural circuits that regulate specific behaviours,” says Shah, then a newly minted Caltech PhD who was beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia. So, he zeroed in on sex-associated behavioral differences in mating, parenting and aggression.

“These behaviours are essential for survival and propagation,” says Shah, MD, PhD, now a Stanford professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurobiology.

“They’re innate rather than learned — at least in animals — so the circuitry involved ought to be developmentally hard-wired into the brain. These circuits should differ depending on which sex you’re looking at.”

His plan was to learn what he could about the activity of genes tied to behaviours that differ between the sexes, then use that knowledge to help identify the neuronal circuits — clusters of nerve cells in close communication with one another — underlying those behaviors.

At the time, this was not a universally popular idea. The neuroscience community had largely considered any observed sex-associated differences in cognition and behaviour in humans to be due to the effects of cultural influences. Animal researchers, for their part, seldom even bothered to use female rodents in their experiments, figuring that the cyclical variations in their reproductive hormones would introduce confounding variability into the search for fundamental neurological insights.

But over the past 15 years or so, there’s been a sea change as new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and women’s brains are wired and how they work.

Not how well they work, mind you. Our differences don’t mean one sex or the other is better or smarter or more deserving. Some researchers have grappled with charges of “neuro­sexism”: falling prey to stereotypes or being too quick to interpret human sex differences as biological rather than cultural. They counter, however, that data from animal research, cross-​cultural surveys, natural experiments and brain-imaging studies demonstrate real, if not always earthshaking, brain differences, and that these differences may contribute to differences in behaviour and cognition.

Behaviour differences

In 1991, just a few years before Shah launched his sex-differences research, Diane Halpern, PhD, past president of the American Psychological Association, began writing the first edition of her acclaimed academic text, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities. She found that the ​animal-​research literature had been steadily accreting reports of sex-associated neuroanatomical and behavioral differences, but those studies were mainly gathering dust in university libraries. Social psychologists and sociologists pooh-poohed the notion of any fundamental cognitive differences between male and female humans, notes Halpern, a professor emerita of psychology at Claremont McKenna College.

In her preface to the first edition, Halpern wrote:

 

“At the time, it seemed clear to me that any between-sex differences in thinking abilities were due to socialization practices, artifacts and mistakes in the research, and bias and prejudice. … After reviewing a pile of journal articles that stood several feet high and numerous books and book chapters that dwarfed the stack of journal articles … I changed my mind.”

Why? There was too much data pointing to the biological basis of sex-based cognitive differences to ignore, Halpern says. For one thing, the animal-research findings resonated with sex-based differences ascribed to people. These findings continue to accrue. In a study of 34 rhesus monkeys, for example, males strongly preferred toys with wheels over plush toys, whereas females found plush toys likable. It would be tough to argue that the monkeys’ parents bought them sex-typed toys or that simian society encourages its male offspring to play more with trucks. A much more recent study established that boys and girls 9 to 17 months old — an age when children show few if any signs of recognizing either their own or other children’s sex — nonetheless show marked differences in their preference for stereotypically male versus stereotypically female toys.

Halpern and others have cataloged plenty of human behavioral differences.

 

“These findings have all been replicated,” she says.

 

Women excel in several measures of verbal ability — pretty much all of them, except for verbal analogies. Women’s reading comprehension and writing ability consistently exceed that of men, on average. They out­perform men in tests of fine-motor coordination and perceptual speed. They’re more adept at retrieving information from long-term memory.

Men, on average, can more easily juggle items in working memory. They have superior visuospatial skills: They’re better at visualizing what happens when a complicated two- or three-dimensional shape is rotated in space, at correctly determining angles from the horizontal, at tracking moving objects and at aiming projectiles.

Navigation studies in both humans and rats show that females of both species tend to rely on landmarks, while males more typically rely on “dead reckoning”: calculating one’s position by estimating the direction and distance traveled rather than using landmarks.

New technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and women’s brains are wired and how they work.

Many of these cognitive differences appear quite early in life.

 

“You see sex differences in spatial-visualization ability in 2- and 3-month-old infants,” Halpern says.

Infant girls respond more readily to faces and begin talking earlier. Boys react earlier in infancy to experimentally induced perceptual discrepancies in their visual environment. In adulthood, women remain more oriented to faces, men to things.

All these measured differences are averages derived from pooling widely varying individual results. While statistically significant, the differences tend not to be gigantic. They are most noticeable at the extremes of a bell curve, rather than in the middle, where most people cluster. Some argue that we may safely ignore them.

But the long list of behavioural tendencies in which male-female ratios are unbalanced extends to cognitive and neuro­psychiatric disorders. Women are twice as likely as men to experience clinical depression in their lifetimes; likewise for post-traumatic stress disorder. Men are twice as likely to become alcoholic or drug-dependent, and 40% more likely to develop schizophrenia. Boys’ dyslexia rate is perhaps 10 times that of girls, and they’re four or five times as likely to get a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Could underlying biological differences — subtle though they may be for most of us — help explain these gaping between-​sex imbalances in the prevalence of mental disorders and account for the cognitive and behavioral differences observed between men and women?

How our brains differ

The neuroscience literature shows that the human brain is a sex-typed organ with distinct anatomical differences in neural structures and accompanying physiological differences in function, says UC-Irvine professor of neurobiology and behavior Larry Cahill, PhD. Cahill edited the 70-article January/February 2017 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Research — the first-ever issue of any neuroscience journal devoted entirely to the influence of sex differences on nervous-system function.

Brain-imaging studies indicate that these differences extend well beyond the strictly reproductive domain, Cahill says. Adjusted for total brain size (men’s are bigger), a woman’s hippo­campus, critical to learning and memorization, is larger than a man’s and works differently. Conversely, a man’s amygdala, associated with the experiencing of emotions and the recollection of such experiences, is bigger than a woman’s. It, too, works differently, as Cahill’s research has demonstrated.

In 2000, Cahill scanned the brains of men and women viewing either highly aversive films or emotionally neutral ones. The aversive films were expected to trip off strong negative emotions and concomitant imprinting in the amygdala, an almond-shaped structure found in each brain hemisphere. Activity in the amygdala during the viewing experience, as expected, predicted subjects’ later ability to recall the viewed clips. But in women, this relationship was observed only in the left amygdala. In men, it was only in the right amygdala. Cahill and others have since confirmed these results.

Discoveries like this one should ring researchers’ alarm buzzers. Women, it’s known, retain stronger, more vivid memories of emotional events than men do. They recall emotional memories more quickly, and the ones they recall are richer and more intense. If, as is likely, the amygdala figures into depression or anxiety, any failure to separately analyze men’s and women’s brains to understand their different susceptibilities to either syndrome would be as self-defeating as not knowing left from right.

The two hemispheres of a woman’s brain talk to each other more than a man’s do. In a 2014 study, University of Pennsylvania researchers imaged the brains of 428 male and 521 female youths — an uncharacteristically huge sample — and found that the females’ brains consistently showed more strongly coordinated activity between hemispheres, while the males’ brain activity was more tightly coordinated within local brain regions. This finding, a confirmation of results in smaller studies published earlier, tracks closely with others’ observations that the corpus callosum-— the white-matter cable that crosses and connects the hemispheres — is bigger in women than in men and that women’s brains tend to be more bilaterally symmetrical than men’s.

Many of these cognitive differences appear quite early in life. ‘You see sex differences in spatial-visualization ability in 2- and 3-month-old infants.’

“To some appreciable degree, these brain differences have to translate to behavioural differences,” says Cahill. Numerous studies show that they do, sometimes with medically meaningful implications.

A 2017 study in JAMA Psychiatry imaged the brains of 98 individuals ages 8 to 22 with autism spectrum disorder and 98 control subjects. Both groups contained roughly equal numbers of male and female subjects. The study confirmed earlier research showing that the pattern of variation in the thickness of the brain’s cortex differed between males and females. But the great majority of female subjects with ASD, the researchers found, had cortical-thickness variation profiles similar to those of typical non-ASD males.

In other words, having a typical male brain structure, whether you’re a boy or a girl, is a substantial risk factor for ASD. By definition, more boys’ than girls’ brains have this profile, possibly helping explain ASD’s four- to fivefold preponderance among boys compared with girls.

Why our brains differ

But why are men’s and women’s brains different? One big reason is that, for much of their lifetimes, women and men have different fuel additives running through their tanks: the sex-steroid hormones. In female mammals, the primary additives are a few members of the set of molecules called estrogens, along with another molecule called progesterone; and in males, testosterone and a few look-alikes collectively deemed androgens. Importantly, males developing normally in utero get hit with a big mid-gestation surge of testosterone, permanently shaping not only their body parts and proportions but also their brains. (Genetic defects disrupting testosterone’s influence on a developing male human’s cells induce a shift to a feminine body plan, our “default” condition.)

In general, brain regions that differ in size between men and women (such as the amygdala and the hippocampus) tend to contain especially high concentrations of receptors for sex hormones.

Another key variable in the composition of men versus women stems from the sex chromosomes, which form one of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes in each cell. Generally, females have two X chromosomes in their pair, while males have one X and one Y chromosome. A gene on the Y chromosome is responsible for the cascade of developmental events that cause bodies and brains to take on male characteristics. Some other genes on the Y chromosome may be involved in brain physiology and cognition.

Scientists routinely acknowledge that the presence or absence of a single DNA base pair can make a medically important difference. What about an entire chromosome? While the genes hosted on the X chromosome and the Y chromosome (about 1,500 on the X, 27 on the Y) may once have had counterparts on the other, that’s now the case for only a few of them. Every cell in a man’s body (including his brain) has a slightly different set of functioning ​sex-​chromosome genes from those operating in a woman’s.

Sex-based differences in brain structure and physiology reflect the alchemy of these hormone/receptor interactions, their effects within the cells, and the intermediating influence of genetic variables — particularly the possession of an XX versus an XY genotype, says Cahill.

Zeroing in on neural circuits

Shah’s experiments in animals employ technologies enabling scientists to boost or suppress the activity of individual nerve cells — or even of single genes within those nerve cells — in a conscious, active animal’s brain. These experiments have pinpointed genes whose activity levels differ strongly at specific sites in male versus female mice’s brains.

What would happen, Shah’s team wondered, if you knocked out of commission one or another of these genes whose activity level differed between male and female brains? They tried it with one of their candidate genes, turning off one that was normally more active in females.

Doing this, they found, totally shredded mouse moms’ willingness to defend their nests from intruders and to retrieve pups who had wandered away — maternal mandates that normal female mice unfailingly observe — yet had no observable effect on their sexual behavior. Torpedoing a different gene radically reduced a female mouse’s mating mood, but males in which the gene has been trashed appear completely normal.

All this points to a picture of at least parts of the brain as consisting of modules. Each module consists of a neural or genetic pathway in charge of one piece of a complicated behavior, and responds to genetic and hormonal signals. These modules — or at least some of them — are masculinized or feminized, respectively, by the early testosterone rush or its absence. The mammalian brain features myriad modules of this sort, giving rise to complex combinations of behavioral traits.

Which is not to say every man’s or woman’s brain looks the same. Our multitudinous genetic variations interact with some of our genes’ differential responsiveness to estrogens versus androgens. This complicated pinball game affects goings-on in at least some of the brain’s neural circuits and in whatever little piece of behavior each of these neural circuits manages.

“We think gender-specific behaviour is a composite of all these modules, which, added up, give you your overall degree of maleness and femaleness,” says Shah.

Consider the genes Shah has isolated whose activity levels differ significantly in the brains of male and female mice.

 

“Almost all of these genes have human analogues,” he says.

 

“We still don’t completely understand their function in human social behaviour. But when we looked at publicly available databases to find out what we do know about them, we found a surprising number that in humans have been linked with autism, alcoholism and other conditions.”

Bigger imaging studies and imaginative animal research now in the works promise to reveal much more about humanity’s inherent — although by no means uniform, and often not substantial — sex-associated cognitive differences and vulnerability to diseases.

Trying to assign exact percentages to the relative contributions of “culture” versus “biology” to the behavior of free-living human individuals in a complex social environment is tough at best. Halpern offers a succinct assessment: “The role of culture is not zero. The role of biology is not zero.”

 

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