Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kimberly Kupps Legal Defense Fund

Notorious Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has declared war on porn! On June 3, 2011, his deputies arrested Kimberly Kupps (Theresa Taylor) and her husband, Warren Taylor, charging them with various obscenity violations relating to the video content appearing on kimberlykupps.com. Judd has promised to go after anyone who "peddles smut" and to be all over them "like a cheap suit." He threatened to lock up adult content producers, and added "...we enjoy that."

Ms. Kupps is a well-known feature entertainer, and she has worked in the adult entertainment industry throughout the country for years, however she and her husband now face serious felony obscenity charges arising from the operation of her website. Polk County Sheriff's deputies spent months 'investigating' the site, and have concluded that her erotic material should be censored. This charge is just the latest in a long pattern of hostility toward any sort of erotic expression by the Sheriff. Important Free Speech rights are at stake in this case.

Kimberly Kupps

Kimberly Kupps needs your help! She does not possess the financial wherewithal to fight the unlimited resources of the State, funded through tax dollars. She has hired Lawrence Walters, Esq., of Walters Law Group, along with Kelley Collier, Esq., an experienced Polk County criminal trial lawyer, to defend her in this case. Although some legal time will be donated to defending this case on a pro bono basis, Ms. Kupps will be required to expend substantial funds on court costs, expert witnesses, and attorneys' fees as the case progresses.

Kimberly has supported Free Speech rights and the erotic entertainment industry for years. She now asks for support from those of you who are in a position to help. Donations, small or large, can be sent to:

Kimberly Kupps Legal Defense Fund
c/o Walters Law Group, Trust Account
195 W. Pine Ave
Longwood, FL 32750-4104
800.530.8137

Credit Card Donations: www.firstamendment.com/billing (reference Client #4751)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

News from the Global Network of Sex Work Projects

The Huffington Post Canada

Stepping Stone, a sex-workers advocacy group in Nova Scotia, has released a series of ads that remind people that sex workers are also someone's mother, daughter or friend.

The ads feature messages such as "I'm proud of my tramp raising two kids on her own" and "I'm glad my prostitute made me finish school."

The National Post interviews Rene Ross

19 Jul 2011
by NSWP

An article in the Vancouver Sun by Charlie Fidelman on the 11 July 2011 explains that a sex worker in Japan  has been diagnosed with a new, mutant strain of gonorrhea. This is alarming because it is a "superbug" which doesn't respond to antibiotic treatment.

13 Jul 2011
by NSWP

A federal appeals court in the United States has ruled that the Government cannot force grantees who are receiving money for HIV programming to denounce and oppose prostitution through the so called 'anti-prostitution pledge'. This ruling only applies to American organisations (working anywhere in the world) not people who receive American funds in other countries. Open Society Institute and Pathfinder International argued that this funding restriction violated their Constitutional rights.

13 Jul 2011
by NSWP

A news story by Ade Mardiyati in the Jakarta Globe on the 5 July 2011 describes how Feraldo “Aldo” Saragi  founded the Indonesia Social Changes Organization (OPSI) and their work to advocate for sex workers and to addresses issues of discrimination and human rights violations.

“The UN made ‘zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero HIV/AIDS-related deaths’ one of their Millennium Development Goals. How can they reach that goal by 2015 if criminalization still occurs?” he asks.

Read more on the Jakarta Globe website http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifestyle/bringing-indonesias-sex-workers-out-of-the-shadows/450956.

12 Jul 2011
by NSWP

An extraordinary argument has broken out on Twitter between Ashton Kutcher and the Village Voice in relation to the statistics used in Kutcher's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign.

More background is provided here and here. Those of you who are online might want to get on over to Twitter and add your voices to those calling for an end to the use of 'junk science' in news and policy making.

1 Jul 2011
by NSWP

Saturday, July 2, 2011

ASACP Names Tim Henning as Executive Director

LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2011) — The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is pleased to announce the appointment of digital forensics expert Tim Henning as its new Executive Director.

Henning, who has been a vital part of the association for the past 15 years, is poised to build on the association’s strengths to continue its adult industry leadership role into the future. Henning will assume his new role effective immediately.

“It was 1996 when ASACP was founded and I began my service to the, at the time, grassroots organization,” Henning stated. “Since then I have seen many evolutions, faced many challenges and it has been my honor to realize the achievement of many goals that have greatly benefitted both child protection efforts, and the online adult entertainment industry.”

“I am very excited to lead ASACP into the future and navigate the challenges that lay ahead while continuing to grow and expand our efforts,” Henning added. “ASACP is something for all of us to be proud of, standing as the world’s only child protection organization funded by the adult entertainment industry.”

“I want to personally thank all who have supported ASACP past, present and future,” Henning concluded. “It is you who have, and will continue to make, the impossible, possible.”

Henning’s first task as ASACP’s Executive Director will be to attend the YNOT Summit in San Francisco, where he will spread the latest news about what the association is doing today to help companies within the adult entertainment industry protect their businesses by helping to protect children from age-inappropriate content on the Internet. As a measure of support, the promoters of the YNOT Summit have underwritten Henning’s attendance.

About ASACP

Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.
ASACP is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. ASACP manages a membership program that provides resources to companies in order to help them protect children online. The ASACP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ASACP Foundation battles child pornography through its CP Reporting Hotline and helps parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label (www.rtalabel.org). ASACP has invested nearly 15 years in developing progressive programs to protect children, and its relationship in assisting the adult industry’s child protection efforts is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.asacp.org.

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