WHO@ Newsletter - June 11, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Spain allows ads for prostitutes

The Spanish parliament lifted a ban on advertising sexual services in print ads and online because of the economic recession.

Legislation lifting the ban was put forth by the opposition in parliament, thinkSpain reported Saturday.

The legislation was then passed by the parliament, lifting the ban on brothels, escort agencies or individuals acting as prostitutes placing ads in classifieds in print or online in Spain, where prostitution is legal.

However, the conservative People's Party government is expected to seek some way of eventually outlawing advertising of this type, thinkSpain said.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Rick Scott Signs Cyberstalking, Sex Predator Bills - 06/11/12
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Dame Elish in court bid to stop web 'harassment' - 06/11/12
Dame Elish sought court protection against Robert Green, a self-styled "investigator" jailed earlier this year for naming prominent Scots as child rapists. She is using laws she championed for the victims of harassment and aims to bar Green from approaching or contacting her in any way.

How To Handle An Internet Stalker IRL - 06/09/12
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Cyberbullies: They’re not just after kids. They’re after celebrities too. - 06/09/12
Those Internet bullies aren’t just after your kids. They’ve targeted Sherri Shepherd on Twitter. “The View” co-host said she plans to pursue charges after a person on Twitter tweeted that she should be "raped in a back alley."

Man threatens to upload wife's pictures on web - 06/09/12
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Identity theft gang's customers wanted by police - 06/09/12
The Metropolitan Police has warned it is working to track down 11,000 customers of a gang that specialised in providing fake IDs. The people behind the online enterprise, Confidential Access (CA), sold fake IDs, documents and tips on how to commit fraud to their clients.

Malkin: Free speech put at risk as bloggers harassed, subjected to SWAT-ting - 06/09/12
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant who is now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?

Detectives hunt 11,000 fraudsters who used illegal website to buy fake identities and get tips on committing crime worth millions - 06/08/12
Police are hunting 11,000 customers who used the services of a cyber-crime gang's website offering fake IDs and tips on how to commit fraud. The syndicate cloned the identities of innocent Britons with excellent credit ratings and sold fake driving licences, bank statements, passports and payslips to its members.

Man jailed for plane bomb hoax against online girlfriend - 06/08/12
A man who told police his online girlfriend was going to blow up a plane after she deleted him from her Facebook account has been jailed for 16 weeks. Stuart Bingham, 38, drank up to four litres of cider before calling 999 and reporting that a woman was boarding a plane with a bomb in the United States.

Sweet smell of success for eBay seller who wins court battle against Seventies glam rock guitarist over sale of secondhand CD - 06/08/12
Sweet guitarist Andy Scott has been landed with a £50,000 bill after suing an Austrian for damages for selling one of the Seventies glam rock band's CDs on eBay for less than £1.
Dietmar Huber from Nüziders in Vorarlberg, western Austria, was shocked when he received a letter from a German lawyer accusing him of breaching the British group's copyright.
He said he was 'flabbergasted' when he got a bill for €2,000 from Mr Scott after selling the album for one euro (about 80p).

Schoolboy, 12, uses father's credit card to spend £7,000 on online gambling sites in a WEEK - 06/08/12
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Man sentenced to jail for email harassment of Naperville woman - 06/08/12
A man who authorities said was obsessed with a Naperville woman has been sentenced to jail, after badgering the woman in 2010 in a lurid email campaign. Daniel R. Tamburich, 33, of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, was convicted in DuPage County Circuit Court of a Class B misdemeanor charge of electronic communication harassment, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

How female medical student tricked hundreds of people for 11 years with bogus blog about cancer boy whose mother died in car crash - 06/07/12
It was a heart-wrenching story that proved too good to be true. Hundreds of users of social networking sites and blogs followed the trials and tribulations of a Canadian family over the course of 11 years. During that time, they read of five-year-old 'Warrior' Eli Dirr's battle with cancer and just last month, the death of his mother Dana in a car crash en route to the Saskatchewan hospital where she was a surgeon.

Big Issue: Action must be taken to protect teachers online - 06/07/12
I WANT to start on a positive note and recognise the benefits of social media sites for all those who want to use them. They connect people to friends, work colleagues and those who study and live around them. As explained in the Times Educational Supplement recently, social networking is being explored as a teaching and learning tool and for professional development, for teachers with similar interest or age groups to share schemes of work, resources and strategies. My main concern is parents who use the sites to make complaints or criticisms that are less than constructive.

Should Online Dating Sites Prevent Users From Naming Abusers? - 06/07/12
Earlier this week, Tracy Clark-Flory published an article on Salon about allegations of assault in the BDSM community, specifically on FetLife, a Facebook-like social network for men and women in the kink scene.

Uproar over nurse intern who posted pictures of her mishandling babies - 06/06/12
A college in East China has issued a public apology for a student who caused an uproar online by posting photographs of newborn babies being held in a dangerous manner. Xiao Shiyu, 22, who had been working as an intern at the Children's Hospital affiliated to Zhejiang University's medical school, uploaded the pictures to Sina Weibo and can be seen holding the babies upright by the shoulder, leaving them with no neck support.

A Facebook crime every 40 minutes: From killings to grooming as 12,300 cases are linked to the site - 06/05/12
A crime linked to Facebook is reported to police every 40 minutes. Last year, officers logged 12,300 alleged offences involving the vastly popular social networking site. Facebook was referenced in investigations of murder, rape, child sex offences, assault, kidnap, death threats, witness intimidation and fraud.

Website which hosted video of 'cannibal' porn star 'hacking up gay lover' could face prosecution after alleged killer is arrested in Berlin internet cafe - 06/05/12
As the gay porn star dubbed the Canadian Psycho was finally arrested after an international manhunt, calls emerged for the website where he apparently posted of video of himself killing his ex-lover to be prosecuted. Lawyers suggested that BestGore.com, the horror site which hosted a snuff video which appeared to show Luka Rocco Magnotta hacking up his former lover Jun Lin, could fall foul of Canadian obscenity laws.


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