Thursday, February 9, 2012
Visit any top porn site today, and you'll be spoiled for choice. At YouPorn (which Wikipedia brands the most-popular "adult" site in the world), the viewer can choose from thousands of videos in dozens of genres. But for as long as we've had Internet porn, one category has stood as the most sought-after of all: barely legal teens.
Across the web, videos and images featuring 18- and 19-year-olds — or actresses in their twenties trying to look younger — are by every measure the most in demand. "Teen porn" is the most common genre-specific term used in Google searches, and teen-themed videos dominate the top 25 most-viewed videos on YouPorn.
This particular fascination with very young women predates the Internet. Playboy began its famous college girls series in the 1970s, focusing on the "girls" of one particular athletic conference each fall. The chosen coeds were not much younger than the magazine's centerfolds, though the magazine was careful to emphasize the particularly amateur appeal of the models from the Big Ten or Southeastern Conference. The genre really took off in 1993, just before most Americans began to go online, when Larry Flynt launched his Barely Legal magazine.
The text on the cover of that first issue was characteristic of the Hustler publisher's penchant for bluntness, promising "women who were girls just yesterday" and "a celebration of sexual debutantes." But nothing was more telling than the title itself, which whispered the transgressive thrill of staring at the bodies of young women just days removed from being "jailbait." Where most adult magazines were eager to distance themselves from child pornography, Hustler reveled in the close association with the illicit and the illegal. The implication was clear: most men would really like to be looking at naked women who were well under 18. Rather than shame them for that longing, Larry Flynt was going to give them the next best (legal) thing. Within a few short years, countless porn-site operators would borrow that same sly marketing tactic, winking indulgently at the ephebophilia of their visitors.
Sex pest former police officer Mark Wilkie has been denied an early release from prison – much to the relief of his victims.
The 51-year-old, pictured, abused his position by getting contact details for vulnerable women from the police computer.
He then bombarded the females – one as young as 15 – with sexually explicit text messages and sinister silent phone calls.
The women, who included domestic violence victims and youngsters reported missing, had no idea their stalker was a police officer.
Wilkie, of Leary Crescent, Newport Pagnell, was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment last October after admitting 12 counts of misconduct in public office.
Last week his lawyer challenged the sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, saying it was “too long” for his crimes.
But judge Mr Justice Treacy told the court the sentence was “not excessive” in circumstances where Wilkie has abused the trust of vulnerable women.
He said: “The very people whom officers were meant to be protecting were being subjected to a further ordeal by this applicant."
“It was a heavy sentence for a man in his position but deservedly so.”
Afterwards one victim told the Citizen: “I’m pleased Wilkie lost the appeal."
“If I had my way he’d be locked up for life.”
By ALDETH LEWIN
ST. THOMAS - Some last-minute concerns Tuesday caused members of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee to hold a bill updating the sex offender registry laws in the territory.
The legislation amends the V.I. Sexual Offender Registration and Community Protection Act of 1997 to increase reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. submitted the bill to the Legislature last year, according to Senate President Ronald Russell.
Two concerns were raised before the meeting that led the bill to be held, Russell said Tuesday.
One concern was the reporting requirement for a sex offender who wants to leave the territory or the United States. Under the proposed law, a registered offender must give the government 21 calendar days advance notice before he or she leaves the country.
Russell said an amendment is being prepared to shorten that time frame.
The measure generally forces all sex offenders to register with the V.I. government within three days of coming to the territory or changing residences within the territory. Some reporting requirements vary depending on the crime for which the offender was convicted.
Additionally, Russell said, states with similar laws on the books recently have faced legal challenges claiming that the law is unconstitutional.
"In Ohio and other states, some people have challenged the law, and we want to be sure that it can withstand challenges if brought," Russell said.
The bill also amends the law to expand the requirements of who must register. Currently, anyone who has been convicted of a sexual crime anywhere in the United States or a court of another "competent jurisdiction" must register.
The proposed law would establish a three-tiered classification system, requiring offenders convicted of crimes of varying severity to register for a period of 15 years, 25 years or life. Currently the law requires sexual offenders to register for either 15 years or life.
The territory already has lost out on about $92,000 in federal law enforcement funding this year and stands to lose a similar amount for each year that the territory is not in compliance with the mandates required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006.
About 34 other states also have failed to meet the requirements according to V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer.
Wisdom from the past: In this scene from A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More’s wife demands that Rich be arrested. Why? “He’s dangerous!”
Wish our politicians would watch maybe just this one scene and think about where they will hide when they have cut down all of our constitutional protections.