American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California’s Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR.

Miracle said the teenagers, who were trying to board a flight to New York, had a small number of bags with them, but no form of identification and no adult guardians.

The vigilant employee began to think something was seriously wrong when she noticed that the tickets, both first class, were purchased online with a credit card under a name that did not match what either of the teens had provided.

“It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, ‘I’m going to call the sheriff. It just doesn’t feel right to me,'” Miracle said.

When deputies arrived at the airport, the teens admitted that their pricey tickets were purchased by a man named “Drey” who they met on Instagram.

Apparently, the stranger told them that if they flew to New York for the weekend, he would pay them $2,000 to model in a music video.

Authorities say they located “Drey” on social media, but after briefly making contact with him, all of his accounts went dark.

“We attempted to look him up on Instagram,” said Deputy Todd Sanderson. “Just a few minutes after our contact with him, he erased all of his profiles on social media.”

When Deputy Sanderson informed the teens that their tickets had no return flights, he said they became defensive before ultimately accepting what could have happened to them.

“They were somewhat flippant about – ‘No, that can’t be true’ – and I said, ‘No, the airline says you have a one-way ticket, and in my belief, you’re going back there not to do the things that you think you were going to be doing.’ And they said, ‘I wouldn’t let anything happen that I didn’t want.’ And I said, ‘Well, you probably wouldn’t have a choice in the matter,'” Deputy Sanderson said.

Following the incident, the teens were reunited with their parents, who were likely surprised to learn their daughters weren’t spending the night at a friend’s home like they had been told. 

American Airlines commended Miracle for her brave actions, saying that her employee training played a role in saving the girls’ lives.

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Licorice root outperforms anti-viral meds for cold sores: Teenage girl is finally cured after trying every conventional treatment


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A 18-year-old girl who had cold sores since she was five said that the only treatment that effectively worked to manage her sores is a licorice balm. Indigo Faulkner tried a lot of topical treatments and even anti-viral medications prescribed by her doctor to treat her cold sores, but all of these failed. She had suffered from an outbreak of painful, fluid-filled, blister-like sores on her lips every six to eight weeks, which consequently lowered her self-esteem, made her feel anxious, and antisocial.

The effectiveness of licorice is proven by science. In fact, researchers from Hamadan University of Medical Science in Iran found that licorice root can weaken the cold sore virus which lies dormant in the skin between outbreaks. In the study, they assessed the effects of licorice root on a virus called Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold sores. The virus stays in the skin forever, which is why cold sores come back.

Cold sores begin to heal within 10 days. However, they may spread and be irritating or painful during the healing process. Moreover, cold sores are contagious, especially when the blisters burst. Thus, close direct contact must be avoided. Signs and symptoms of a cold sore include blisters on the tongue or mouth, mouth or tongue pain, lip swelling, possible swallowing difficulties, sore throat, swollen glands, high body temperature, dehydration, nausea, and headaches.

The research team aimed to determine the efficacy and the effect of of the licorice root extract treatment on Vero cells infected with HSV-1. They incubated the Vero cells after administering different concentrations of aqueous extracts of licorice. Then, they incubated the cells during different time courses. Moreover, they performed cytotoxicity assay to determine the 50 percent tissue culture infectious dose, as well as incubated HSV-1 with licorice root extract before the viral infection.

The findings of the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, revealed that the effectiveness of the licorice root extract differs, depending on the incubation period and pre-treatment of cells. In conclusion, the findings suggest that licorice root extract can be used as an anti-viral medication. (Related: 7 Natural Remedies That Will Heal Cold Sores…)

Other health benefits of licorice root

Licorice refers to the root of the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra, which is native to Europe and Asia. Over the years, it has been used by the early Egyptians and Chinese for its various medicinal uses. Aside from treating cold sores, licorice root is also used for treating eczema because of its antibacterial properties. Another medicinal use of licorice root is it soothes the stomach. Licorice root is usually used to soothe gastrointestinal problems, such as food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn. Its extract can accelerate the repair of the stomach lining and bring back balance because of its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Moreover, licorice root is also recommended for treating respiratory problems because it can help increase the production of healthy mucus, which in turn keeps the respiratory system functioning. In addition, supplements of licorice root can provide the adrenal gland some relief and stimulate it, especially during stress. The adrenal gland is overworked during stress because it constantly produces adrenaline and cortisol.

Furthermore, some studies suggest that licorice root can possibly help in treating breast and prostate cancers. Since it is also antibacterial, some health practitioners suggest applying licorice to teeth to get rid of tooth decay.

Read more stories on other natural medicines like licorice root or Glycyrrhiza glabra at NaturalCures.news.

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Palestinian teenage girl who slapped Israeli soldier to face charges for ‘aggravated assault’

Ahed Tamimi Palestinian teenager girl Israeli prison

    

Ofer Prison, West Bank – A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli officer two weeks ago will face assault charges in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The Dec. 15 incident in the occupied West Bank was captured on video and posted on the Internet, drawing attention on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide.

Palestinians hailed the teenager, Ahed Tamimi, as a hero. Israelis debated whether the officer, who along with another soldier was also kicked by her, had done the right thing by opting not to strike back.


Comment: Except they did strike. On this video of the incident, at 00:13 you can see he slaps at her before she starts slapping at him.

But more importantly, this incident took place after they shot her cousin in the face and shot smoke bombs through the windows of her house. Evidently, she was not the aggressor.

The incident occurred at the entrance to Tamimi’s family home in Nabi Saleh, a village in the West Bank, during what the army said was stone-throwing at soldiers. Weekly protests against Israeli settlement policy have been held there for years.

The military said in a statement that the officer “acted professionally” but right-wing Israeli politicians described his behavior as humiliating.

Three days after a video clip of the confrontation was broadcast on Israeli television, Tamimi – who can be heard on the video clip shouting at the soldiers to leave – was arrested.

At Thursday’s hearing, in a military courtroom in Ofer prison near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, prosecutors said they intended to indict the teenager on charges that include aggravated assault and insulting a soldier.

Prosecutors asked the court to extend her detention for several days to give them time to prepare the charge sheet.

Tamimi made news two years ago when she was pictured biting a soldier who tried to arrest her younger brother.

Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Andrew Bolton

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WATCH: Opa-Locka Police Officer Breaks Teenage Boy’s Jaw at Church

Lowrie Simon

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – An Opa-locka police officer has been accused of punching a teenage boy, breaking his jaw.

Broward County sheriff’s deputies said Lowrie Simon, 37, attacked 17-year-old Kristian Stanley on Sunday because Simon believed that Stanley was having sex with his 13-year-old daughter.

Opa-Locka police Chief James Dobson said Lowrie has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations. He has been an officer since October 2014, Dobson said.

Dobson said that Lowrie was off-duty at the time of the alleged assault, and he was in not in uniform.

Deputies said Simon approached Kristian Stanley about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at Pembroke Park Church of Christ in the 3700 block of Southwest 56th Avenue.

After Stanley denied that he was having a sexual relationship with Simon’s daughter, deputies said, Simon punched Stanley in the chest and later struck him across the mouth.

After the incident, Stanley received treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, deputies said. Stanley’s jaw had been broken and he suffered substantial damage to his lower set of teeth, deputies said.

Simon was arrested later on Sunday and was charged with one count of felony battery. He was freed Monday on a $5,000 bond.

Source: https://www.local10.com/news/crime/opa-locka-police-officer-accused-of-breaking-teenage-boy-s-jaw

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Oklahoma Cop Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison For Killing Daughter’s Teenage Boyfriend


A former Oklahoma cop will spend the next 15 years in prison for shooting his daughter’s teenage boyfriend to death over two years ago.

Ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler claimed he acted in self-defense when he gunned down Jeremey Lake on Aug. 5, 2014, shortly after the 19-year-old had started dating his daughter, Lisa. But a jury didn’t buy that argument and found Kepler guilty of manslaughter last month after three separate juries failed to indict him on murder charges.

On Monday, District judge Sharon Holmes slammed Kepler with a $10,000 fine in addition to a 15-year prison sentence.

Kepler, 57, testified during his trial that he drove to Lake’s house after a discussion about his daughter’s love life turned heated. He told jurors that he believed Lake had a gun and that “it was either him or me.”

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But no weapons were found on Lake after the shooting and the young man’s aunt testified that he had extended his hand for a shake when Kepler opened fire.

Lake’s father, Carl Morse, told the judge on Monday morning that he woke up and wanted to “rip” Kepler’s “head off,” but said he eventually came to his senses, adding that Kepler will now have to “pay the consequences.”

“The last three years of my life have been a living hell,” Morse said.

Prosecutors argued that Kepler, who was off-duty, “hunted” down Lake because he was “the boy” his daughter had been sleeping with.

Third mistrial for ex-Tulsa cop accused of killing black man
Lisa Kepler met Lake at a homeless shelter after her parents kicked her out of the house.

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Bodies Of 26 Female Teenage Migrants Found In The Mediterranean

The latest search and rescue operation in the stretch of sea separating Libya and Italy highlights some of the brutal treatment that female refugees and migrants are subjected to.

More than 2,560 people were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend in one of the roughest missions so far this year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. Thirty-four bodies were recovered from the water, 26 of them suspected to be teenagers from Nigeria. Most died while making the crossing toward Italy in rubber dinghies.

IOM believes the girls may have been “murdered by traffickers in league with European sex merchants.”

Salvatore Malfi, the prefect of the Italian port city of Salerno, was skeptical of this theory but said it’s too early to come to any conclusion about whether the girls were headed for prostitution. The girls traveled with other men in the dinghy, he said, which makes the theory less likely.

“The sex trafficking routes are different,” he said. “Loading women onto a boat is too risky, the traffickers would not do it as they could lose all their ‘goods’ ― as they describe them ― in one fell swoop.”

Italian authorities told CNN that they launched an investigation into the girls’ deaths Tuesday, carrying out autopsies to determine whether they had been victims of sexual abuse or torture. They were all between 14 and 18 years old, said Salerno police chief Lorena Ciccotti.

A lifeguard pulls a migrant woman to a rescue craft from an overcrowded raft in the central Mediterranean Sea, some 36 nautical miles off the Libyan coast, Jan. 2, 2017. (Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)A lifeguard pulls a migrant woman to a rescue craft from an overcrowded raft in the central Mediterranean Sea, some 36 nautical miles off the Libyan coast, Jan. 2, 2017. (Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)

More than 80 percent of Nigerian women who arrived in Italy by sea during the first six months of 2016 may have later become trafficking victims, a 2016 IOM report found.

About 1,500 Nigerian women and girls made it to Italy in 2014, said Federico Soda, director of IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean. That number exploded in 2016 to 11,000. 

The route used by these women has become a death trap for people escaping their home countries, due to the torture they experience before reaching the water and the high fatality rate once en route to Italy.

Smugglers operate vast networks across the Middle East and Africa, exploiting vulnerable people who pay to escape. Abuse, violence and detention are commonplace.

Three-quarters of the migrant children interviewed in a February UNICEF report said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults. Almost half the women interviewed said they’d experienced sexual violence or abuse during their journey.

A total of 154,609 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea this year, about 75 percent of whom used the Libya-Italy route, IOM said. The rest arrived via Greece, Spain or Cyprus. Almost 3,000 have died. 

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Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara over misogynistic jokes about rape & teenage girls

The 36-year-old Sheffield Hallam MP, who was elected this year, has already apologized for remarks made online in 2002 and 2004, but denies some more recent allegations. Labour says it is now investigating “comments and behavior which have been reported from earlier this year.”

“There will be a full investigation by the Labour Party and then, as a result of that, a final decision will be made about his future,” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told the BBC.

On Monday, O’Mara resigned from the Women and Equalities Committee after right-wing blog Guido Fawkes unearthed offensive comments made by O’Mara some time ago. He claimed he had been on a “journey” since posting the comments more than a decade ago.

On Tuesday, however, Sophie Evans, a pub worker from Sheffield, alleged O’Mara called her an “ugly b***h” at a music venue he was DJ-ing at in March this year, prior to his election.

Speaking to the BBC, Evans said some of the things he said to her were “not broadcastable,” adding “there were some transphobic slurs in there.” O’Mara denies the allegation.

On Wednesday, even more claims emerged when Guido Fawkes revealed comments O’Mara had made online. O’Mara allegedly wrote about “sexy little slags” and “teenage girls” being “fingered” in an Arctic Monkey’s review.

In another review on a local band in Sheffield, O’Mara allegedly described “a rhythm section that’s tighter than your mother was when I took her virginity all those years ago,” and concluded listening to the band was “even better than receiving fellatio from the beautifully pert lips and wet mouth of Angelina Jolie.”

Earlier allegations against O’Mara include him joking about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud, claiming Michelle McManus only won Pop Idol “because she was fat,” and suggesting it would be funny if jazz star Jamie Cullum was “sodomized with his own piano.”

He also made homophobic references to “fudge-packing” and “poofters.”

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Why Are Some Americans Paying $8,000 For A Shot Of Teenage Blood

Let’s get this out of the way first: there’s very little convincing evidence that the blood of young people will slow down aging in old people. Nevertheless, there’s apparently just enough evidence going around for enigmatic organizations to pay through the nose for the blood of teenagers, just in case the cure for oldness does actually exist after all.

As pointed out by The Sunday Times, teenage blood is in high demand in parts of the US right now, with individual shots of the crimson liquid going for as much as $7,940 a pop. So what the hell is going on here?

Back in 2016, a company named Ambrosia – whose name derives from the mythical, immortality-granting substance from Greek legends – declared that they were going to run a trial where older Americans would be given young blood, and their biological response to it would be tracked.

Although there is some evidence that this process works in mice, far more work needs to be done through peer-reviewed research to confirm the same applies to humans.

Ambrosia received some serious flak at the time for falling a fair bit short of that: specifically, there was no control group, you didn’t even have to be particularly old to take part – 35 was the minimum age – and the volunteers joining the project had to pay $8,000 apiece just for taking part.

Either way, as you would expect, people with several grand to spare – around 100 of them in fact – joined the trial, and they’ve been receiving injections of the young blood plasma ever since. If the original trial outline was anything to go by, they were given four rounds of weekly servings for their donation.

The young blood is coming from registered blood banks, and it’s almost certain that the money being given by the trial subjects is paying, at least partly, for these unusually valuable vials.

Speaking to reporters, the lead physician on the project Jesse Karmazin has claimed that the trial is currently successful. He said that “it’s like plastic surgery from the inside out,” which frankly sounds terrifying.

He also added, rather strangely, that “I’m not really in the camp of saying this will provide immortality but I think it comes pretty close, essentially.”

It’s probably worth pointing out that lifespan is a binary thing: you can either be immortal, or you’re mortal. You can’t be almost immortal, because, well, that’ll still result in death.

In any case, whatever this trial reveals, assess it with considerable skepticism. It’s unlikely this is proper science, and remember – extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, not just a nicer way of saying “vampirism” and a few PR stunts.

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Convenient starter menstrual cup set is designed for teenage girls

We’ve explained time and time again the huge benefits gained from switching over to reusable feminine products, whether that’s a reusable menstrual cup, a reusable cloth pad, or making your own DIY solution. For our better health, and for (way!) less waste, reusables are a no-brainer.

But it’s not necessarily easy to get younger girls to come on board. Thanks to an ocean of corporate marketing out there, women’s periods are subliminally portrayed as dirty, messy, something to hide and be ashamed of, rather than as a natural and even sacred part of your body.

With the aim of normalizing reusable menstrual products and reducing the number of disposables sent to the landfill, Northumbria University industrial design graduate Ailsa Inglis created Nixie Girl. It’s a pale pink menstrual cup and a set of accessories targeted right at young girls, that is made to help “normalize” the experience of using a menstrual cup.

Ailsa Inglis© Ailsa Inglis

Inglis was motivated by her research, which revealed that 93 percent of menstruating women in the UK still use conventional, disposable products, which can take almost a decade to break down when thrown out. Not only did she want to make a better alternative that could be easily adopted by younger women, potentially for many years to come, she explains on Dezeen that she also wanted to address some of the social stigma surrounding menstruation:

This final-year project set out to explore the products on sale, social attitudes and the media’s hold on the female hygiene industry, and how this influences society today.

Since the average woman uses nearly 11,400 tampons or pads in her lifetime, isn’t it time as a generation we start to consider what’s in these products? And, are other options like menstrual cups better for future generations if we spent a bit more time on designing for the user experience?

To create a cup that’s more comfortable for new, younger users, Inglis design’s features a higher back lip that’s curved, in order to provide a better fit and more support when inserted near the cervix. There is a bit of a groove in the design, which helps the user find the best way to fold the cup, prior to insertion.

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Instead of a bottom stem that’s typical of most menstrual cups, Nixie features a loop of silicone string for easier removal.

Ailsa Inglis© Ailsa Inglis

Best of all, to make sure that there’s no muss or fuss in cleaning the cup (one of the big issues that women may have about switching over), Nixie comes with a convenient, mini-sterilizer that steams the cup while cleaning it with a jet of hot water. After eight minutes, it’s clean and ready to go.

Ailsa Inglis© Ailsa Inglis

And instead of the usual cloth bag that comes with conventional cups, Nixie comes with a stylish, mirrored hard case, separated into a section for clean and used cups. The mirror can help ease insertion.

Ailsa Inglis© Ailsa Inglis

For Inglis, it’s about pushing for a cultural change, but not just in a political way. Besides enacting favourable policies like eliminating taxes on menstrual products, design is one way to achieve that cultural transformation by materializing new, sustainable attitudes in the products we use:

With so much division currently happening around the world today, surely it is the design world’s responsibility to try and unite societies through thoughtful design like Nixie Girl. We cannot change the cultural values of corporate organisations like Procter & Gamble on sanitary products, but industrial designers can endorse a cultural shift regarding menstruation through innovative product design to help enable cultural change and support sustainability.

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4 teenage girls raped at Swedish music festival, 11 sexually abused – police

A police report released on Sunday showed that four girls aged 15-17 reported being raped at the annual Emmaboda Music Festival, which took place July 24-29. 

It went on to state that 11 other women aged 18 and older experienced other forms of sexual abuse at the festival.

“There are six suspects for sexual attacks and one for rape,” South Police Region spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford told Expressen. 

The police report went on to cite 251 cases of drug use at the festival, along with 113 incidents of drug possession and 10 cases of drug transfer. The cases represent more than double the amount recorded at last year’s festival.

According to Westford, many of the drug cases involved people working at the event.

“Several people who have worked at the festival have been using or have been dealing drugs,” she said.

“We will evaluate the efforts of the police together with the organizer and the municipality in order to set the conditions for this festival to continue. It’s not just about drugs but also about safety in the area.”

Expressen was unable to reach the festival’s organizers for comment, though they had previously said that this year’s event would be the last.

It comes just weeks after organizers of Sweden’s annual Bråvalla music festival called off the 2018 event after this year’s event was married by sexual violence including at least four cases of rape. 

“Words cannot describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this. This is not f**ing okay. We do not accept this at our festival,” a statement from the festival’s organizer said.

This year wasn’t the first time the Bråvalla festival had been tainted by sexual violence. In 2016, five rapes and a number of sexual assaults were reported to police, the Local reported at the time. 

Sexual violence at music festivals in Sweden has been making headlines for some time. In January 2016, Swedish police were accused of covering mass sexual assaults allegedly committed by refugees at the ‘We Are Sthlm’ festival. Some of the victims were as young as 11 and 12. Similar crimes had also taken place at the 2014 event.

Last month, a Swedish comedian proposed the idea of a “man-free” music festival, which will run “until all men have learned how to behave themselves.” The idea quickly gained support online. 

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