Religious Cover-ups of Sex Abuse Couched in Combatting in Human Trafficking…. What about Combatting Sexual Assault, Flanagan?

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It is no secret that Senator John Flanagan (NY-R) has done everything to support the education agenda (anti-education agenda) of the ultra-Orthodox and to assist them (and the Catholic Church) in covering up the sexual abuses of children by preventing the passage of legislation that would extend the reporting period for children sexually abused before the age of 18. Since 2008 efforts have been made to extend the Statute of Limitations for filing a claim of sexual abuse; and Flanagan has spearheaded efforts to stymie the passage of that legislation.  What we find remarkable (and worthy of note on this site in light of the Baltimore sexual abuse scandal) is his current effort to address human trafficking, (little discussed in New York), a subject that provides him the cloak of someone who cares about this issue without alienating the block that supports him.




Senate Majority Leader Flanagan Announces Three New Laws To Fight Human Trafficking


August 15, 2018

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that three bills that will help end the sexual exploitation of children and provide victims of human trafficking with potentially life-saving services have become law.  The trio of bills were sponsored in the New York Senate by Senator Andrew Lanza (24th Senate District).

“Human trafficking is an issue that impacts far too many families in both our state and nation and these new laws will help provide hope to victims of this terrible crime.  The passage and signing of these bills is a clear sign that our state is an able partner in the fight against human trafficking and I thank Senators Lanza and Golden for their efforts to protect our most state’s most vulnerable residents from these predators,” stated Senator Flanagan.

Helping to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children:

Sex trafficking continues to plague communities across the state, and is especially damaging to the safety and security of children. In 2015, New York bolstered its criminal justice response to trafficking by increasing the accountability of traffickers and other exploiters while providing necessary protections for victims. However, the law did not go far enough in preventing the sexual exploitation of minors and holding traffickers more accountable for the devastating impact they have on the lives of children they abuse.

A new law (S5988A), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C-I, Staten Island), closes this dangerous loophole by creating the necessary criminal charge of sex trafficking of a child – eliminating the need to prove force, fraud, or coercion where a child under 18 engages in commercial sex. Unlike federal law, New York statutes prior to the signing of this bill put the onus on prosecutors to prove force, fraud, or coercion was used in order to find a person guilty of sex trafficking, even if the victim is a minor.

Senator Lanza said, “This bill will make it easier for prosecutors to bring charges against those who prey on children. I am proud to sponsor this legislation that will hold criminals accountable for the disgusting and heinous crime of enslaving children for commercial sex. This bill will expand upon the landmark law from 2015, the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, that I also sponsored with Assemblymember Paulin. Our state has been a leader in treating victims of human trafficking as just that – victims – and this bill addresses this horrible exploitation of children head-on. I would like to thank Assemblymember Paulin for her leadership in the Assembly and to Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law.”

Increasing Access to Help for Victims of Human Trafficking:

Despite the fact that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, many New Yorkers never see its effects, and namely, the victims among us. According to the Polaris Project, trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses, such as hotels, to sustain their illegal operations. Hotels may be used to house victims while in transit or for the purchase and sale of victims’ forced services, with traffickers running their business out of hotel rooms. Because hotels are a known location for exploitation of victims, hotels are an ideal location for presentation of information about services for victims.

A new law (S8874) sponsored by Senator Lanza requires facilities such as hotels, inns, and motels to provide informational cards on the services available to victims of human trafficking. Information about services, such as the national trafficking hotline, will be made readily available to trafficking victims and other hotel guests and displayed in public spaces such as public restrooms, individual guest rooms, and near the entrance. This will ensure that victims have access to a discreet informational card so they are able to call the hotline for help at a later time.

Another new law (S7836) also sponsored by Senator Lanza will help expand the availability of the Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC) Initiative to reach more victims. The Courts were created to provide alternatives to incarceration for people arrested on prostitution charges, since many of the defendants were also victims of human trafficking. Previous law stated that four of the six HTIC courts outside of New York City lack jurisdiction to see cases that originate outside of the local criminal courts where they are physically situated. This new law expands that jurisdiction so that more victims would be eligible to receive the crucial services that are appropriate for their individual situations, including counseling, job training, education, housing, and medical treatment, among others.

A bill (S8305) sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (22nd Senate District) has also been delivered to the Governor for review and helps establish short-term and long-term safe house residential facilities to be operated by not-for-profit agencies for victims of human trafficking. The residential facilities will be crucial in providing vulnerable victims services that include emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and counseling and crisis intervention.

For many victims of human trafficking, one of the most immediate needs is a safe, supportive place to stay, especially for survivors who are fleeing an exploitative work or living situation. Oftentimes victims throughout the state turn to temporary shelters set up for the homeless, domestic violence victims, and runaway youth. All these housing services can be helpful to human trafficking victims, but only if the victim meets each shelter system’s particular eligibility requirements. Trafficking victims sometimes slip through the cracks after not being able to find a vacant bed or unit despite their need, proving that more shelter capacity – specifically tailored for trafficking victims – is necessary.

Senator Golden said, “This bill provides victims of human trafficking a safe and supportive place to stay. These facilities will not only be offering a safe place to live, they will also be providing life-changing services. I want to thank my colleague Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi for his efforts in getting this important bill passed in the Assembly so we can help the brave individuals who have escaped the horrors of human trafficking and offer them a safe haven where they can get the help and services they need.”


Child Sex Abuse, Religious Cover-Ups and Getting Flanagan Out…. Gary Greenburg for Kids


Child sex abuse survivor who worked with the state Senate GOP now says it will take a Dem majority to pass Child Victims Act


Upset that the state Senate Republicans this year again failed to pass legislation to help child sex abuse survivors seek justice as adults, a “bewildered” Gary Greenberg is using his political action committee to try to help the Democrats win control of the chamber in November.

Greenberg, an upstate investor and child sex abuse survivor who several years ago created the political action committee to push for passage of the Child Victims Act, had previously backed Democrats but this year began working with the Senate Republicans in hopes of getting them to finally act on a bill.

He helped craft legislation with Sen. Catharine Young (R-Cattaraugus County) and even spent money to hire a Republican lobbyist to gain traction within the GOP conference.

But Republican leadership blocked Young’s bill, which was opposed by the Democrats and many advocates, from coming to the floor for a vote. Greenberg had hoped a vote would help spur negotiations.

“It’s quite obvious to me that (Senate Majority Leader John) Flanagan doesn’t want to do anything,” Greenberg said. “He refused to take any action to help victims, and that’s sad.”

As a result, Greenberg said his PAC is endorsing Democrats Anna Kaplan, who is running against GOP Sen. Elaine Phillips in Nassau County, and Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Democrat seeking the Senate seat being vacated by longtime Republican Sen. William Larkin in Orange County. Skoufis is facing Republican Tom Basile.

“If they don’t want to change the law, the Senate Republicans have to be removed as the majority and we have to put in a majority that will bring change and provide justice and make the lives of victims better,” he said.

Skoufis said that if elected to the Senate, he will support “the strongest legislation possible that holds child sex abusers accountable while delivering justice for all survivors.”

Kaplan said “the fact that the Child Victims Act remains in limbo in Albany is inexcusable.”

Phillips was a co-sponsor on Young’s bill, but Greenberg said it wasn’t enough since she was unable to get it to the floor for a vote.

Basile in a statement said he prefers Young’s bill to the version of the Child Victims Act pushed by legislative Democrats that he called “fatally flawed.” Basile claims the Democratic version unfairly targets religious and private institutions while sparing “government entities”, something supporters deny.


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Emmanuel – An Israeli Haven for Pedophiles

A haven for paedophiles: The ultra-Orthodox settlement where Malka Leifer hides

Emmanuel: Atop the shadow-cast hills at the northern end of the West Bank, in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement of Emmanuel, abusers of children have found a safe haven.

Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal and accused child molester, came to live here in 2016 after an Israeli judge found she was mentally unfit to face extradition to Australia.

And here, even though she is wanted by Victoria Police on 74 counts of alleged sexual assault and rape involving girls, one resident claims Leifer was able to continue abusing children, including his own teenage daughter, without consequence.

A school in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli settlement of Emmanuel.
A school in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli settlement of Emmanuel.Photo: Gabrielle Weiniger

She was not the only alleged abuser who took refuge among the ultra-religious in Emmanuel. Another sex offender, Yehiel Shinin, came to live here after being released from jail, too frightened to return to his old neighbourhood.

“He claimed he came here [he wanted] to forget his past and start a new life,” an Emmanuel source said on condition of anonymity.

“But it is never like that.

“When you come to this kind of town and see that there is no law and you can do whatever you want, he started molesting kids here again because it was easy for him.

“It’s easy to do such things in Emmanuel.”

The wild, wild West Bank

This strictly religious, poverty-stricken settlement is one of eight ultra-Orthodox settlements that lie outside the “Green Line” – Israel’s pre-1967 border with the Palestinian territories.

These settlements are turning the perception of radical Zionist settlers on its head. Most residents are anti-establishment and anti-Zionist, believing only in the authority of the Rabbinate and rejecting the institutions of the state.

“It’s the combination of being in a settlement and being religious. It’s the wild wild West Bank, where law is a recommendation,” says Oze Rozenberg, an investigative journalist familiar with the town since its inception in the 1980s.

“Everything we think we know – it’s barely scratching the surface.”

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Rational Judaism – Sex Abuse Ring

Shocking Development in Alleged Abuse Ring Conspiracy

There is an extraordinary development in the case, going on for several years already, of the alleged missionary pedophile ring in Jerusalem. It broke yesterday afternoon, just hours after I had a fascinating conversation with a prominent rabbinic figure about it.

Last year I posted the video in which Rav Moshe Shapiro tells his followers that the 70-year-old woman who was allegedly the mastermind of the ring should be beaten to the point of hospitalization or beyond, because the police are useless, and her house should be ransacked (to find the dungeon). His followers did so, breaking her arms and legs with metal bars, but did not find any evidence of the dungeon. They were then caught by the police, and Rav Moshe was indicted. His defense claimed that he was only offering sympathy to his followers, not telling them to actually beat her to death. Rav Moshe had subsequently put out a letter condemning those who beat her up, and disavowing all responsibility for it.

I couldn’t understand is how Rav Moshe could simultaneously try to absolve himself of all responsibility and let his disciple take all the blame. The rabbi that I met with yesterday agreed with me on that point, but he opined that ordering the vigilante action was not necessarily wrong. He told me that, according to the information that reached him, the elderly woman was indeed involved in terrible actions with children. I agreed that there isn’t necessarily a problem with a child abuser being stopped in such a way – if they are indeed guilty, and if there is indeed no other way to stop them.

However, in two superb articles in Tablet magazine, Menachem Kaiser had argued that the whole thing was not credible, just like the stories from the 1980s about satanic abuse cults. While there are certainly pedophiles in Jerusalem, the notion of a secret cultic ring is the result of mass hysteria. It is true that many highly intelligent people in Jerusalem – not just Rav Moshe Shapiro, but other prestigious and more humble and cool-headed figures – were convinced that the ring was real. Yet experts with training in this field disagreed.

The bombshell came yesterday afternoon. The Israel Police announced that after a lengthy investigation, they had discovered that the “secret abuse ring” was fabricated by three people as a way to make money. They had conspired to spread rumors of a terrible threat in order to solicit funds for an organization to fight this fictitious threat. There was indeed a conspiracy – but not the one that people had feared. (News article in English here – more extensive article in Hebrew here.) It’s wonderful news for the thousands of people in Jerusalem who were terrified about this ring (though many of them doubtless maintain that these arrests are all part of the conspiracy). But it’s tragic that the trail of carnage caused a woman to be beaten near to death, a suspect to commit suicide, and who knows what else.

What is the lesson to take from this story? I think one lesson to take is that there is a reason why we have a justice system. No, the system is not perfect, indeed it is far from perfect. But nor are decisions taken by individuals, no matter how brilliant they are. There’s no replacement for a systematic investigation, which includes consultation with experts in the field. It’s just as Winston Churchill said about democracy – “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

Sexual Abuse of Children and the Cover-Ups Go International

Tikun Olam

Child Abuse, Pedophilia, Sex Trafficking – Problems that should not be ignored

May 27, 2016

Very recently we were contacted by the editor, Richard Silverstein of a blog site called “Tikun Olam” which translates to “fixing the world.” He asked that we direct the attention of our readers to his site and that we re-post any of his blogs that we believe to be relevant.

In our infancy, we posted on the issue of sex-trafficking. We have been highly criticized for that article, for which we had reliable sources albeit unnamed. We are determined at some point to be able to bring that issue to light in a more formal and open forum. For now, the fears of our commenters and contributors, of those who contact us privately and for those who are interviewed in newspapers or by reporters outweigh the public attention being paid to the problem throughout the world.

We are in a climate that wants that dirty secret enshrouded in the same veil of secrecy of the other abuses and crimes. Hopefully we will be able to bring that problem out of the darkness. In the meantime, we believe that collaborations with sites like Mr. Silverstein’s are important.


Tonight, Tikun Olam breaks the story of the Israeli ambassador who cheated on his wife with men and boys–inside the ambassador’s residence!

Israel’s former ambassador to the UK has been accused of inviting men and boys for trysts late at night when his wife was not home.  A British policeman filed a complaint with Israeli authorities about the incidents.  A further investigation by the foreign ministry’s inspector general found that UK-born Ambassador Daniel Taub, who was ambassador from 2011-2015, violated security protocol by not notifying his chief of security of the identity of the visitors.  The purpose of recording visitors is in order to prevent Israeli diplomatic personnel from being blackmailed or compromised.  Since MI5 knew of Taub’s activities, the Israeli foreign ministry was concerned that he might be compromised by them or that one of his paramours might attempt to extort payments from him.

Diplomatic security is provided by the Shabak, which would be aware of the incident.  But my attempts to elicit comment from an Israeli security source were met with silence.  Though the story has been reported in the Israeli media, no one has yet identified Taub by name.  This is peculiar because there is no judicial gag order against reporting his name.  This is one hot potato!

When questioned about the matter, Taub claimed he had never invited a minor into the residence.  He added that the visitors were all adults and that their purpose was “therapeutic” (!) in nature.  Though none of the Israeli reports have spoken outright of sexual activity, how could there not be?

When asked to explain why the police officer would claim minors entered his residence if that wasn’t the case, Taub claimed that he and the policeman had exchanged words and the officer had been offended by something the ambassador had said to him.

For some odd reason, Taub’s explanation satisfied the Inspector General and the investigation was suspended.  But when Taub requested that his posting be extended, the foreign ministry refused and he was summoned back to Israel.  That’s why Mark Regev, Bibi Netanyahu’s foreign media spokesperson was recently appointed to take up this post.

Officials in the government see Taub’s behavior as a grave violation of “ethical-moral norms” (!).  As a result, a report of the incident was noted in Taub’s personnel file.  The former ambassador was slated for promotion but his candidacy for any of these positions had been delayed while a deeper investigation is undertaken.

It’s a good thing the Queen knew nothing of Taub’s proclivities when she had this conversation with him when he presented his credentials to her on taking up his new post:

…The Queen asked him how it felt to be serving as ambassador in the land of his birth. He replied: “I said that I felt tremendously privileged that it fell to me to raise my children in their historic homeland after two millennia of exile, but I am also aware that in that arc of 2,000 years the greatest period of opportunity for my family was found here in Britain, and I hope to express my appreciation for that by deepening ties of cooperation between our countries

Who knew what sorts of “opportunities” he had in mind?

Back in 2011, when then foreign minister appointed Taub, there was a furor among the ranks of the diplomatic corps, since he was a junior official who’d never served overseas in any capacity nor supervised a diplomatic staff.  Critics of the appointment said that Lieberman ran his ministry as a local branch of Yisrael Beitenu, rewarding his cronies and pals.  The appointment seems to have been blessed by Lieberman’s then number-two, Danny Ayalon.  If only the complaints had been heeded, so much scandal and embarrassment could’ve been avoided.

According to Haaretz’s Amir Oren, Bibi Netanyahu, who is the acting foreign minister, knew of the Taub scandal last summer.  The prime minister was more concerned with closing the lid on the incident rather than getting to the bottom of it.  He feared it would tarnish both the foreign ministry’s and his own reputation.

In fact, Oren says after Taub returned home, Bibi nominated Taub to take up a highly sensitive, senior foreign ministry position.  Though Yediot’s report said that any promotions have been put on hold.  The Haaretz reporter also says that Netanyahu’s legal advisor has not objected nor has the Shabak raised its voice regarding the matter.  Apparently, it’s par for the course in this corrupt, lawless government.

What’s all the more startling is that Taub is an Orthodox Jew, married and has six children.  He appears to be gifted intellectually and attended Oxford, wrote a well-regarding TV show about relations between secular and Orthodox Jews.  Before his appointment, he was a junior advisor in the legal affairs unit of the ministry.  Though I’m not privy to information about his personal life, it appears this is an example of the repression of such sexual impulses which is almost guaranteed by an Orthodox upbringing, as homosexuality is a grave sin among traditional Jews.

Unfortunately, the Israeli diplomatic corps has been prone to many similar scandals over the past few years.  I reported here that Israel’s ambassador to Norway, the late Druze poet Naim Araidi, had made improper sexual advances to one of his Norwegian house staff.  She reported this to Israeli authorities, who recalled Araidi from his post.  In that case, the Norwegian press took up my reporting and published the story in the local press.  I am seeking British journalists who will do the same in this case.  Araidi, who was in his 50s, died three months ago after a short bout with cancer.Scher_GeorgeSteinberg

Israeli consul general Aryeh Scher (l.) and George Schteinberg,suspects in child sex ring
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George Shteinberg, Israeli arrested by Brazilian police for leading child sex ring.

A few years ago, Israeli consul general, Aryeh Scher, was found to be part of a pedophile ring operated by an Israeli expatriate, George Schteinberg.  The latter was arrested.  But the Israeli managed to spirit himself out of the country in order to avoid a serious embarrassment to Israel.  The foreign ministry permitted him to return to diplomatic service, shipping him off to Australia, where presumably he’d move to molesting Australian children.  Australians weren’t too keen on the idea and raised a stink, causing Scher to withdraw from consideration.

I only learned about all this after Schteinberg tweeted to me that my mother was a “whore” and that he would like to “piss” on my grave.

Though Twitter has made a big show of banning hate speech and abuse in its Twitter feeds, it refused to take any action regarding Schteinberg’s tweets.  Perhaps it bans hate speech when the media takes notice and embarrasses them.  Otherwise, this policy appears not to be enforced.  Schteinberg’s Twitter profile features a picture of him with little children on his knee holding candy and various presents he appears to have offered them.  Twitter appears to have no problem with accused pedophile flaunting their proclivities in their Twitter profiles.

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