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Jeffs Sentences To Ten Years To Life

Warren Jeffs has been sentence to 10 years to life in prison for forcing a 14 year old to marry her first cousin. The leader of FLDS was given five years to life for both of the felony convictions of being an accomplice to rape.

Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which believes in polygamy.

The sentences are to be served consecutively and it will be up to a state board of pardons to determine how much time he will actually spend behind bars.

For 15 months Jeffs eluded the police while on the run and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. He was captured in August of 2006. His trial ended with a conviction in September.

The victim is now a 21 year old who has remarried. She sat on the front row during the sentencing after addressing the judge before his final decision.

“Jeffs and his influence over me, as a 14-year-old girl, affected me and my family in so many ways,” said Elissa Wall, her voice trembling with emotion.

Jeffs led his followers in Utah and Arizona. He was considered infallible by those in his flock and thought of as delusional by outsiders.

His sect taught women to be submissive to their husbands who were allowed to have more than one wife.

Jeffs still faces charges in Arizona for sexual abuse in addition to federal charges.

“Thousands of children can sleep safer tonight with Jeffs in jail,” former church member Flora Jessop said outside the court house.

“It is a positive first step, although much more needs to be done … to protect women and children who want out of the community,” she added.

The sentencing comes just days after it was revealed that Jeffs had attempted suicide in January. He had attempted to hang himself in his cell. He also revealed to his brother that he was “not the prophet” which has the potential to damage the FLDS.

The members of the church though have been instructed not to watch television or read news on the Internet.

Prostitution In Sweden Is Almost Unheard Of

In 1999 Sweden passed legislation that criminalized the buying of sex, and decriminalized the selling of sex. It appears that measure has worked, curbing the sex trade market to almost nil.

The law made it illegal to buy sex acts or pimp out another person. Pimps could face 10 years in prison for trafficking prostitutes and “johns” six months if they were caught in the act of paying for sexual services. Those selling the service though were untouched by the law.

“We have significantly less prostitution than our neighboring countries, even if we take into account the fact that some of it happens underground,” says Jonas Trolle, an inspector with the Stockholm police unit dedicated to combating prostitution. “We only have between 105 and 130 women – both on the Internet and on the street – active (in prostitution) in Stockholm today. In Oslo, it’s 5,000.”

Sweden decided when they enacted the law to criminalize the demand aspect of prostitution rather than the supply sector.

Another positive for the new law is the declining number of woman and children being brought in by sex trade traffickers. In the last few years it is estimated that the number of woman and girls brought into Sweden is 200 to 400 compared to neighbouring Finland at 15,000 to 17,000.

Sweden also provides avenues for those in the sex trade to leave it behind. The government provides needed social support so the women can rebuild their lives.

In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”

Robber Uses Girlfriend’s Vibrator

Nicki Jex of Leicester needed a weapon to rob Ladbrokes last 27 December 2006 to get £600 in cash. Jex used a carrier bag to transform the sex toy into a gun. Pointing the vibrator at the manager of the store it appears the disguise worked.

On Monday after pleading guilty to robbery Jex was sentenced to 5 years in the Leicester Crown Court. The 27 year old is a drug addict with a string of convictions dating back from February 2002. His lawyer Phil Gibbs told the court that Jex had a fragile state of mind.

He told the court: “One can be thankful that the item he had wasn’t a firearm.

“Frankly, he didn’t care less what happened to him at that time. He was falling into the abyss and that’s the root cause of drugs.”

One of the witnesses to the robbery Wayne Vakani, followed Jex as he left the store carrying the £613 and other monies that he collected during the crime.

Jex at one point threatened Vakani with the vibrator. The man then followed Jex from a distance to see where he would end up. Vakani was awarded £500 by Judge Head for his courage in keeping up with the drug addict and giving the information to the police so an arrest could be made quickly.

Sentencing him, Judge Philip Head said: “It’s right to record that you did not have a firearm but you pretended you had and intended that those you confronted believed that you did, and it must have been truly terrifying for them at the time.”