Re: Pimps 'R' Us and other enterprises

Elaine Hills (ehills@SOLEIL.ACOMP.USF.EDU)
Sat, 2 Dec 1995 15:27:50 -0500

I agree with John, this "Pimps 'R' Us" deal is absolutely sick. But
realistically, how could this world expect to have the internet and WWW
and not have to deal with this kind of crap? People have abused
technology virtually from day'd think we would've prepared for
something like this on the WWW...same deal with the child pornography on
the web you hear more about on the news lately. What's sad is that no
one really knows how to deal with these people because technology keeps
on going forward and who can (or seems to want to) stop it???

Just some thoughts...Elaine

On Wed, 29 Nov 1995, Bosley_J wrote:

> Just received this forwarded from my pal in Hawaii--don't know where he got
> it from but thought it interesting how quickly scumbags can adapt to and
> adopt new communications technologies to play out their same old sorry
> scenarios...kinda depressing. My friend's totally ironic comment--"At last,
> some real old-fashioned 'business' on the Internet."
> John Bosley
> ____________________________________
> Emily Rose
> Reuters contributed to this report.
> Tues, Nov. 28, 1995
> Reuters contributed to this report.
> LONDON - Women from Asia and Eastern Europe are being sold via the
> Internet for prostitution and marriage to Western men, researchers
> say.
> The latest advances in computer technology are being used to provide
> details of sex tours - including trips to the Caribbean with "Pimps
> 'R' Us" - and mail-order brides.
> Such material has begun flooding on to the Internet only in the past
> few months, according to researcher Donna Hughes at the University of
> Bradford in England.
> Mail-order bride agencies and escort firms are using the World Wide
> Web, which transmits images and sounds.
> Users can select a wife from on-screen listings of hundreds of young
> Philippine, Thai or Russian women at the click of a mouse or call up
> information on world prostitution ranging from street-by-street
> directions to price lists for a variety of sex acts and names of
> prostitutes.
> Hughes began documenting the material last summer after stumbling
> across it while researching violations of women's human rights.
> Among the recent advertisements this weekend was one for Tata, 22,
> said to be a "tall and graceful Filipina, very shy, maybe been kissed
> once in her life." Another said Natalia, a Belarussian mother of one,
> loves cooking and sewing and wants "to do anything to please you."
> Potential husbands simply need a credit card to buy addresses or an
> agency-arranged package for up to $5,000, including accommodation and
> flights.
> The same agencies often offer sex tours - with comprehensive
> information on everything from the weather and taxi fares to drink
> prices and mugging risks. Destinations in South America, the Caribbean
> and the Far East are illustrated with pictures of women performing sex
> acts.
> Another development demonstrates the speed with which technology is
> adapted: Video conferencing is being used to link clients with
> prostitutes to direct their own live sex shows.
> The extension of the trade in women to the Internet, with more than 25
> million users, will increase interest and
> "acceptance of these abuses of women," said Hughes, a women's studies
> lecturer and researcher for the Coalition Against Trafficking in
> Women, a U.N. non-governmental organization.
> The coalition will use her findings to support a case for stronger
> international laws preventing the trafficking in women, a topic the
> European Union will address at a two-day conference in Brussels this
> week, starting Friday.