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Disgraced former Christian radio host sentenced to at least 25 years for raping 11-year-old boy & Sex Trafficking

John Balyo, 35, was arrested in a June as part of a sex trafficking ring bust, and in September he pleaded guilty to having sex with an 11-year-old boy in a Battle Creek hotel. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829294/Disgraced-former-Christian-radio-host-sentenced-25-years-raping-11-year-old-boy-victim-s-mother-writes-rot-jail.html

Open Letter Urges the Associated Press Stylebook to Use Alternative Language When Addressing Prostitution

“October 31, 2014

Stylebook Editor
The Associated Press (AP)
450 West 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001

Dear Mr. Minthorn

We, the undersigned, are leaders of frontline human rights organizations, survivors of the commercial sex trade, advocates, and allies working to end human trafficking and provide services to victims. This letter responds to both the public invitation from the Associated Press (AP) to submit comments for its Stylebook 2015 edition and the online campaign calling on the AP to replace the word ‘prostitute’ with ‘sex worker…The chasm between the meaning of the word “work” and the lived reality of the average prostituted or trafficked person is too vast to be ignored. The term ‘sex worker’ wrongly suggests that the person in prostitution is the primary actor in the multi-billion dollar sex trade. This renders invisible and unaccountable its true beneficiaries – the traffickers, pimps, procurers, brothel and strip club owners, and the buyers of sex. These exploiters prey on vulnerable individuals marginalized by poverty, homelessness, racial and gender discrimination and histories of sexual abuse….We also reject the term “prostitute” because it stigmatizes and conflates the person in prostitution with the criminal activity inflicted on her or him. Instead of ‘sex work,’ we suggest ‘sex industry,’ ‘sex trade,’ or ‘prostitution.’ In lieu of ‘sex worker’ or ‘prostitute,’ we recommend ‘person in prostitution’ or ‘prostituted person’ or ‘commercially sexually exploited person.’ The terms ‘teen prostitute,’ ‘teen prostitution,’ and ‘child sex worker’ have no place in responsible journalism.” For more the full version: http://www.catwinternational.org/Home/Article/587-over-300-human-rights-groups-and-antitrafficking-advocates-worldwide-weigh-in-on-sex-work-terminology-in-media#%2EVFwqkfgOUbw%2Etwitter