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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

Bulldogs Freshman Baseball Team Win Season Opener

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first_imgThe Batesville HS Freshman baseball team finally got to play their first game of the season defeating Greensburg 14-9.It was a home game against Greensburg, and Batesville wasted no time in getting on the board. Two runs in the first were scored by  Austin Siefert and Nathan Eckstein. Greensburg scored 3 runs in the top of the second, but Batesville countered that run by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the third. Austin Siefert scored on a single by Devon Scripture and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Garret Lee. Nate Slavin was safe at first by a fielding error on the Greensburg first baseman and worked his way around the bases, scoring on a passed ball. Braydon Worthington used a 7 pitch at bat to draw a walk as did Matthew Meehan. Devon Meeks laid down a perfectly placed bunt and scored Braydon and Matthew. Greensburg countered yet again with 1 run in the top of the 4th inning, but Batesville fought back again scoring 3 more runs in the bottom half of the inning. With the score 10-4 in favor of Batesville, Greensburg put 5 runners across the plate in the top of the 6th to tighten the game at 10-9. Not to be out done, Batesville scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to give a little cushion to relief pitcher Austin Siefert. Austin got Greensburg to go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 7th giving Batesville the win 14-9.The next game for the freshman is this Saturday (4/23) at Roncalli HS for a doubleheader.Winning Pitcher: Nate Slavin.  Save: Austin Siefert.Hits: 10 Total Hits.  Austin Siefert – 3 singles, Braydon Worthington – 2 singles, and Devon Scripture & Bo Tinker & Devon Meeks & Nate Slavin & Garrett Lee each had 1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.last_img read more