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Gangs force sex trade on underage girls

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first_imgAuckland Now 12 Sep 2012Underage Maori and Pacific Island sex workers are caught up in illegal prostitution in Auckland, the head of a prostitute support service says.Debbie Baker, from Streetreach, which encourages women to leave prostitution, told Police News that 14 to 16-year-old girls were being pushed into prostitution by gangs to pay off debts.They were so scared of the gangs they would never admit the connection to police, she said.Baker gave examples of one girl who was forced to have sex at Black Power pads around the country to pay off drug debts, and another who was taken from Tauranga to Auckland to work in a brothel.The girl was locked in a room and Baker said she never saw any of the money for the whole time she worked there.It was very difficult for police to uncover the gang’s influence because girls were too scared to acknowledge it.“This fear is often far stronger than the fear they feel for police or other government agencies, as they are often threatened or stood-over, making it even harder for Police and other authorities to prove what’s going on,” Baker said.Acting area commander for Manurewa Inspector Richard Wilkie said police in South Auckland were doing all they could to address the problem of underage prostitution.There were regular stings of popular hangouts like Northcrest and Hunter’s Corner and as a result he said they were picking up fewer people than in previous months.Wilkie said police intelligence suggested gangs were the main force behind the illegal trade.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7654574/Gangs-force-sex-trade-on-underage-girlslast_img read more

Pitcher Jocelyn Cater leads Syracuse to game 1 win, closes out game 2 against Cavaliers

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first_imgJocelyn Cater wound up and delivered a hard rise ball in the upper half of the strike zone and Virginia’s Danni Ingraham hit a hard one-hopper back to the pitcher. Cater calmly fielded the grounder, spun and threw to first for the final out of Syracuse’s doubleheader.Cater smiled, rose her arms in victory and pounded her mitt hard with her left hand. Still smiling, she jogged to meet her teammates at the plate.“It was awesome,” Cater said. “… I think it was a great team performance and we fought all the way until the end.”Cater struck out 12 Virginia (16-39, 4-19 Atlantic Coast) batters to lead Syracuse (19-26, 3-13) to its second conference win, 7-4, in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at SU Softball Stadium. Cater threw her 17th complete game in her 13th win of the season before taking over for the second game’s starter, Lindsey Larkin, in the top of the fifth to seal Syracuse’s 14-9 victory.“Jocelyn has been great all year, no doubt about that,” Sydney O’Hara said. “It was no different today.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe junior let up four runs on six hits in the first game, while allowing two earned runs on five hits in the second game. She controlled the zone, throwing her rise ball and change-up with confidence to both sides of the plate for 17 strikeouts on the day.She froze UVA’s Brittany McNulla with a high rise ball on a 2-2 count for the first out of the fourth inning and rung up Heidi Velk for the third out on a high rise ball in almost the exact same spot.Cater had the Cavaliers frozen at the plate, as five of her 12 strikeouts came with Virginia looking at the final pitch in the first game. Cater made a few mistakes, but seemed to settle down for the most part to record outs when it mattered and struck out McNulla swinging to end the first game.But Cater’s day wasn’t over, as head coach Leigh Ross would call on her to close out a close second game in the doubleheader. Larkin pitched the first four innings of the second game, giving up seven runs on nine hits.“Jocelyn was still warm and we told her not to ice or anything so she’d stay warm,” Ross said. “We knew that if we were going to stay in this game, let’s go for the wins now and not save (Cater) for tomorrow.”Cater’s presence was immediately felt in the top of the fifth when she took over with SU ahead, 8-7. After letting up an infield single to Virginia’s Lauren Heintzelman, she settled down to record three straight strikeouts, two looking.“The second game I was working more in than out, which made it hard for them to adjust,” Cater said. “I kind of had to mix it up.”She took the mound in the top of the sixth inning with a seven-run lead and Cater wasted no time in attacking Virginia. After giving up an infield single to Virginia’s first hitter, she recorded two outs in two pitches.Virginia battled back with a two-out RBI double from Katie Park and McNulla walked on a full count, but she finally got Heintzelman to pop up to catcher Alyssa Dewes to end the sixth.Even having pitched 146 pitches earlier in the day, Cater still recorded five strikeouts in her second appearance. O’Hara wasn’t feeling 100 percent, Ross said, and fellow pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti was in sweatpants, so the head coach had no one else to turn to.Cater delivered. Ross will likely pitch her ace on Sunday in Syracuse’s season finale, too.“I think she’ll be fine,” Ross said. “We’ll rest her up, get her some treatment and see how she feels in the morning. She’s a tough kid.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

ARE YOU ON THE ‘LOOK-SCOUT’ FOR A NEW CHALLENGE IN DONEGAL?

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first_imgThere’s always plenty of fun at scout camp.Looking for something different for your child to do after school or at weekends? Why not bring them along to 19th Donegal (Lifford/Clonleigh) Scout Group and see what’s on offer, the Group are holding their registration evening tonight (Tuesday) from 7pm – 8pm at the Den which is behind the Eclipse Cinema.The group have been catering for young people from the Lifford/Castlefin/St Johnston area for the past 34 yrs providing a fun filled, adventurous programme from young people from the age of 6 yrs to 15yrs, where they learn, play and have fun in a safe and friendly non educational environment with a strong emphasise on the outdoors and the environment. During the past 34 yrs members of the group have attended many camps all over the Ireland and further afield. Indeed several members have travelled to Germany, Norway, England, Wales, Holland, etc.The adult volunteers, Scouters, have a vast amount experience and have completed all the necessary training including Child Protection Awareness and have all been vetted.We are always looking for new Adult members who can give of a few hours of their time each week to work with the young people or if you know of a young person who is working on the Gaisce awards, Scouting would be a great way of working on the Community area of your project. Don’t worry if you never were involved in Scouting or other voluntary work as appropriate training will be provided.If you would like to find out more, why not come along tonight or email 19thdonegal@gmail.com or contact Joe on 0863868538 If you are interested in joining Scouts in other areas of Donegal, other groups include Killybegs, Donegal Town, Stranorlar, Convoy, Raphoe, Letterkenny, Gweedore, Manorcunningham, Newtoncunningham, Muff, Quigley’s Point, Moville, Bocan (Culdaff), Carndonagh and Buncrana. ARE YOU ON THE ‘LOOK-SCOUT’ FOR A NEW CHALLENGE IN DONEGAL? was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:19TH DONEGAL SCOUT GROUPdonegalSCOUITNGlast_img read more