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In Florida, Gabor Acs (left) and Viktor Berki (right) were found guilty of human trafficking, conspiracy and racketeering in February and have now been sentenced to 30 years in prison. They preyed on young Hungarian men in their 20s who had moved to the US to start a new life.
They would meet their victims online, through social media sites, and would promise them a visa and free flights to the US if they carried out ‘legal escort work’ but the hopeful young men were forced into sex slavery and were made to perform multiple sex acts for up to 20 hours a day, either over webcams or with clients.
Five of the victims were forced to live in a one-bedroom apartment. While there they were fed extremely little, and were not paid. The abuse continued for years until the ring moved from Miami to New York. They attracted attention when they started a car washing service, presumably using their slaves to do the work.
Pair jailed for keeping countless men as gay sex slaves for years
Gay men are being tortured and murdered in Chechen prisons, detainees have alleged. Detainees told Novaya Gazeta they were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s spokesman called it “absolute lies and disinformation” and suggested there are no homosexuals in the Muslim-majority region. “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic,” he told the Interfax news agency.
Victims told Novaya Gazeta they were beaten with sticks, forced to sit on bottles and had their hands electrocuted.
“Several times a day we were taken out and beaten,” said one. “Their main aim was to find out your circle of contacts — in their minds if you are a suspect then your circle of contacts are all gay. They kept our phones switched on. Any man who calls or texts is a new target.”
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In Holland, straight politicians are sending out a powerful message to homophobes after two gay teenagers were brutally attacked while holding hands. The couple were attacked in Arnhem while returning home from a night out over the weekend. The attackers screamed homophobic abuse and launched a brutal attack on the couple who were taken to hospital. A 14-year-old boy was among the men arrested over the attack.
Politicians in The Netherlands took to the streets to hold hands with their colleagues to show solidarity. Lodewijk Asscher, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party took part in the campaign, which has even seen police officers getting involved.
Straight politicians hold hands in solidarity with gay couple beaten in homophobic attack
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A man whose video of kilted yoga sessions in a Scottish forest became a viral hit has been targeted with homophobic hate mail at his home.
Police Scotland has issued an appeal for witnesses after Finlay Wilson, from Dundee, whose Kilted Yogi videos were viewed more than 50 million times worldwide last month, received a letter telling him to leave his home and threatening his safety.
The handwritten note was left on the 30-year- old’s doorstep at his home in the city on Tuesday morning.
Mr Wilson said: “It said threatening stuff like ‘you need to watch yourself’ and they said they’d been watching my videos online and that they want me to get out. I don’t really know anyone in the building. My friends have been saying they didn’t realise this sort of thing still happened in this day and age. I was upset at first, but now I am furious because someone’s aim is to intimidate me and terrorise me into leaving my home because of their own bigoted beliefs.”
James and Peter Weeks, who beat to death a man after a row over a “gay slur”, have been jailed for more than 13 years. They attacked “blameless” Ian O’Mahoney when he stepped in to defend his friend Barry Tatan outside the White Hart pub in Eltham, south-east London.
Mr Tatan had insulted the brothers at a different pub on August 28 last year by drunkenly suggesting that James Weeks was gay, a court heard. The brothers pursued him down the road to the White Hart where they punched Mr Tatan repeatedly in the face.
When Mr O’Mahoney intervened he was flung to the floor and cracked his head on the pavement, then punched by Peter Weeks “for good measure” as he lay on the ground.
An Old Bailey jury last week found both brothers guilty of manslaughter at the end of a trial.
Judge John Bevan QC today sentenced Peter Weeks, 29, who has a history of drunken violence, to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
James Weeks, 27, a former soldier with a clean record, was jailed for six years.
Phil Poole and his boyfriend were beaten up on a London-bound train in an homophobic attack following a Valentine’s Day meal.
Mr Poole said he was set upon by a gang of thugs as he travelled into the capital with his boyfriend Zbynek Zatloukal following a night out in Reading.
They were assaulted by a group of up to five thugs who boarded the Great Western Railway train in west London, and hurled a homophobic slur at Mr Zatloukal while Mr Poole slept on his shoulder after the pair missed their stop at Maidenhead, where they both live.
Gay Activist wishes them both a speedy recovery and that they receive justice for this unprovoked attack.
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A village in Hungary which is hoping to create a haven for people with traditional views about society has passed a local law which outlaws public displays of affection by gay people. There are other measures directed at other sections of the wider community, especially people of Muslim faith.
“We primarily welcome people from western Europe – people who wouldn’t like to live in a multicultural society,” Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai told the BBC. Mr Toroczkai is mayor of Asotthalom, a remote village in the southern Hungarian plains, situated around two hours from the capital Budapest. “It’s very important for the village to preserve its traditions.”
Pauline Hanson (l) and Shan Ju Lin (r) | Uncredited | 17003
Australia’s One Nation political party founder has sacked Queensland candidate Shan Ju Lin for her anti-gay comments, saying she will not let people trash her or her party.
Ms Lin was dumped on Saturday night after Facebook posts appeared saying that “gays should be treated as patients” and “abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime”.
Ms Lin also mocked outgoing US President Barack Obama’s LGBTI policies using a digitally manipulated picture of him in drag.
Party leader Pauline Hanson suspended Ms Lin, a school teacher, on Friday night and warned her to stop the posts, but said the “disparaging comments” appeared again on Saturday night. “These are not the views shared by One Nation, nor the views of fellow candidates and the general public,” Senator Hanson said in a statement. I will not stand by and allow people to trash the party or my name, so I make no apologies for being tough on candidates.”
Ms Lin was unapologetic and retorted, “Once gays realise they can put pressure on a candidate, they will start to target other One Nation candidates also.”
As if we would.
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A gay couple were assaulted over Christmas by thugs who picked on them also because one of them was Jewish, reports the Jerusalem Post.
The assault occurred on Christmas Day outside a pub in North Yorkshire, England, according to the local paper. Jayson Homer, 20, and his 21-year-old partner, who did not want to be named, were attacked and injured outside the Jolly Farmers pub by a gang that harassed Homer’s partner for being Jewish.
Meanwhile Aidan Skinner, 21, and boyfriend Sean West, 20, were buying a bottle of wine and meal in a Tesco when a member of staff made a homophobic remark. The 21-year-old pecked his boyfriend on the cheek as they paid for their shopping on December 12. The till operator is alleged to have said: “Do you have to do that in here? Especially two guys.” After an argument with her, the couple left without buying any items.
Families of three victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre have sued Facebook, Google and Twitter. They assert that the gunman who killed their loved ones was radicalised through propaganda found through social media.
The families of Tevin Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero Jr. and Javier Jorge-Reyes filed the lawsuit on Monday in federal court in Michigan. They are seeking an unnamed amount of money under a federal law that allows the estates of victims of terrorist attacks to sue anybody who provided “material support” to the terrorists.