April 28, 2004
Efforts to end human trafficking applauded On behalf of Amnesty International's 6,500 members in the Greater Philadelphia area, I applaud federal efforts to address the widespread problem of human trafficking, using Philadelphia as the first site of a new program ("Taking aim at human trafficking," April 21). Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a serious problem worldwide. Women are often recruited under false pretenses. They are coerced, transported and bought and sold for a range of exploitative purposes, including sex tourism and forced marriage.
September 22, 2004
President Bush did a good job of delivering a well-written speech yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly's opening session. Too bad it wasn't tethered to reality. Yesterday was the fourth time in his presidency that Bush has spoken at the General Assembly's launch. This year's address came in the middle of a presidential campaign in which the war and postwar in Iraq are stingingly hot issues. Sure enough, the President's speech seemed aimed more at the domestic U.S. audience than at world citizens.
November 23, 2009 |
There won't be any tearful goodbyes between Swarthmore native Henry Spelman and his sweetie when he heads to the University of Oxford next fall, after winning a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday. That's because Libby Longino, his girlfriend, also was among the 32 students nationwide who were named 2010 Rhodes scholars, following in the footsteps of former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Bill Bradley (D., N.J.), among others. Spelman wants to pursue a doctorate in Latin and Greek, while Longino, of Dallas, Texas, will research human trafficking at the renowned institution in England.
April 22, 2004
I'M GLAD the Daily News has opted to publish the photos of men accused of patronizing prostitutes. It exposed that principal. And forget that weak argument that what he does in his personal life is his own business. People who work with children are (and should be) held to different standards than those who don't. Some people make the claim that patronizing a prostitute is not a serious crime. Well, I say there is something seriously wrong with a man who chooses to sleep with these neighborhood working girls.
July 5, 2006 |
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: France coach Raymond Domenech is a crafty fellow, plying Portugal with phony praise while making certain he mentions its propensity to take dives. "If you reduce them to that, then it's false," Domenech said. "They're a good team, not just divers. " Are you listening refs? Get your yellow cards ready and expect some reverse one and a half gainers. Talking gobsmack England's Wayne Rooney said he was "gobsmacked" when the referee showed him the red. You can't sum it up any better than that.
October 21, 2006
N.J. Fourth District The politically split district runs through central New Jersey from the Shore to Trenton, including parts of Burlington County. The Case for Smith U.S. representative Republican, 53 Hamilton When Smith takes a stand, be it on opposing abortion, increasing benefits for military veterans, or ending human trafficking and other abuses around the globe, he fights for it no matter the consequences. His dogged efforts on behalf of veterans cost him the chairmanship of the House Veterans Committee in 2005.
June 5, 2012 |
To avoid another tragedy like last fall's Tacony dungeon case, in which four mentally disabled people were discovered locked in a basement, the Social Security Administration is changing how it selects and monitors people who receive benefits on behalf of disabled individuals. Prodded by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), the administration will launch a pilot project Monday in Philadelphia that changes how it screens people applying to be "representative payees" for those with disabilities.
February 20, 2012 |
LIMA, OHIO - The skeletal remains of a 14-year-old Ohio runaway who vanished in 1999 have been found after the home where she was last seen was demolished, according to police. The Lima News reports that police on Saturday said the remains of Nicholle Coppler were found in a crawl space as the home's foundation was being dug out. Allen County Coroner Gary Beasley said they were identified through dental records. The home was owned by Glen Fryer, who had been suspected in Coppler's death.
May 21, 2013 |
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: View an interactive timeline looking back at the troubled career of former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. IN 2008, AFTER the sentencing of a man who shot him in the face, Richard DeCoatsworth, who was then a Philly cop, said: "That young man's life is over now. He's going to have to find some way to get used to his new home. I'm sure the guys up there [in state prison] can't wait to meet him. " But this weekend, it was DeCoatsworth who found a new home behind bars, after he was charged with 32 crimes - including promoting prostitution, human trafficking and rape - for two cases involving alleged heinous acts against women.
September 16, 2009
RE JENICE Armstrong's column on Ashley Dupre: As the owner of an escort service, my view is that if there are consenting adults and no coercion, lawmakers should just make prostitution legal as in parts of Nevada and some foreign countries. Why should the law penalize one person's consenting actions if she can make a living at it? If you're good at something, why not get paid for it if there's no harm done? If politicians and law-enforcement really wanted to go wild with the prosecution of prostitution, they may as well go after women who marry men for the money in these huge divorce settlements.