“There were so many young girls in there. They were from Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Some were crying. Others looked terrified. We were told not to speak to each other…All the time, very mean and ugly men came in and dragged girls into rooms. Sometimes they would rape girls in front of us. They yelled at them, ordering them to move in certain ways…to pretend excitement… Those who resisted were beaten. If they did not cooperate, they were locked in dark cellars with no food and water for three days. One girl refused to submit to anal sex, and that night the owner brought in five men. They held her on the floor and every single one of them had anal sex with her in front of all of us. She screamed and screamed…”
The above quote is an excerpt from the book called The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade written by Canadian journalist, Victor Malarek.
The United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime’s definition of human trafficking incorporates three components: Continue reading
Warning: Graphic Content and Subject Matter
As someone who holds an Honors Double Major in Criminology and Sociology it is hard for me not to be completely fascinated by the recent Luka Magnotta (aka Pornstar Killer) case. Undoubtedly I think his actions are absolutely horrific and my heart goes out to Lin Jun’s family who are reportedly arranging to travel from China to Canada. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain they are going through. However, an article in today’s Globe and Mail that dubs Magnotta as the ‘Facebook assassin’ made me think about the characteristics that differentiate him from other notorious serial killers (assuming he’s killed before) such as Jeffrey Dahmer who was famous cannibalism, necrophilia, forced sodomy and dismemberment (sound familiar?), or Denis Rader who was actually nicknamed the BTK (Bind, Torture and Kill) strangler for fairly obvious reasons but who also sent letters to the media (sound even more familiar?) or finally the legendary Ted Bundy who would rape and murder his victims before engaging in necrophilia with the corpses. Continue reading