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Three individuals were charged with running a sex trafficking operation out of nine massage parlors in Wichita. Women were recruited by placing help wanted ads in NYC and LA papers. The six counts identify four women who allegedly were recruited and subsequently coerced into performing commercial sex acts.
On Tuesday, California made yet another move in support of same sex marriage. The Supreme Court denied the San Diego County Clerk’s request to halt such marriages in the state. Supporters of the stay used the California law defining marriage as between one man and one woman to support their cause. LGBT activists, though cheering the decision, recognize that the legal battle has not come to an end.
One Philadelphia suburb is defying a state ban on same-sex unions. In Montgomery County, at least five couples hve received marriage licesnses despite a law stating that same-sex marriages, even legal ones, are void in Philadelphia. If their actions are challenged, both the couples and county officials could face legal action.
Major Dating Service Facing Legal Action for Allegedly Sharing HIV and STD Status of Customers (US News and World Report)
Successful Match, an online dating conglomerate, is being sued by two females for posting the HIV and STD status of its customers on affiliate dating sites without customers’ knowledge. PositivelySingles.com, one of the company’s sites, is supposed to allow individuals to anonymously connect with other singles of the same disease status. However, both disease status and names were shared on the company’s thousands of other sites such as HIVGayMen.com, STDHookup.com, and Blackpoz.com.
Alameda County Offering Free STI Tests for Young Women (NBC Bay Area)
A new program, called “I Know Alameda” allows females in Alameda county to order an STD test kit online and receive it via e-mail so they can test themselves privately. The goal of the program, designed to be used by women 25 years and under, is to increase detection of chlamydia and gonorrhea, two of the most common STDs in the county.