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VISA Called Out By District Judge For Aiding PORNHUB To Monetize Child Pornography

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US District Judge Rules VISA Aided Pornhub & Profited From Child Pornography.

US District Judge Rules VISA Aided Pornhub & Profited From Child Porn

“As the court sees it, financially benefitting from the sexual exploitation of minors is the core of this case.” US District Court Judge Cormac Carney

Ironic, isn’t it?  Isn’t Visa the same credit card company that has refused to work with family owned businesses, gun stores and other all-American businesses in the past?  Yep, same company and yet, here they are being called out by a US District Judge for profiting by aiding Pornhub to monetize child porn.

The East Bay Times reports:

Visa Inc. must face claims that it profited from child pornography by processing payments for the parent company of Pornhub, a decision that Visa says raises questions about the liability payments firms could shoulder as they handle billions of transactions.

US District Judge Cormac Carney in California denied parts of Visa’s motion to be dismissed from claims brought by a woman who is suing both the payments giant and MindGeek — the parent company of Pornhub — over a sexually explicit video taken of her when she was 13.

“It is simple,” Carney said in his ruling late Friday.  “Visa made the decision to continue to recognize MindGeek as a merchant, despite its alleged knowledge that MindGeek monetized child porn.  MindGeek made the decision to continue monetizing child porn, and there are enough facts pled to suggest that the latter decision depended on the former.”

Visa said it believes it’s an “improper defendant” in the case.

“Visa condemns sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse materials as repugnant to our values and purpose as a company,” the San Francisco-based firm said in an emailed statement.  “This pre-trial ruling is disappointing and mischaracterizes Visa’s role and its policies and practices.  Visa will not tolerate the use of our network for illegal activity.”

The lawsuit is the latest turn in a long-running controversy between Visa and Pornhub. The payments giant and rival Mastercard Inc. both began reviewing their ties to MindGeek after a New York Times column in December 2020 accused Pornhub of distributing videos depicting child abuse and non-consensual violence.

Immediately after the review, Pornhub announced it had removed 80% of its content.
Right, Visa condemns all this sexual exploitation, but has been actively involved in allowing its services to be used for all sorts of pornography.

Today in a major lawsuit VISA was implicated as knowingly complicit in the sex trafficking and monetized child sexual abuse of numerous Pornhub/MindGeek victims.  @Visa #Traffickinghub pic.twitter.com/BGzbUZ7XsZ

— Laila Mickelwait (@LailaMickelwait) June 17, 2021

The New York Post adds information about the victim.

After several weeks, the clip, entitled “13-Year Old Brunette Shows Off For the Camera,” was taken down but reuploaded on other MindGeek sites in 2014, garnering millions of views and earning the company advertising money facilitated by Visa, the victim alleged. The illicit clip was still on the company’s sites as recently as 2020, according to the suit.

The plaintiff fell into a deep depression, tried to kill herself and became a heroin user after her unwanted infamy, she claimed.  Still underage, she began acting in other porn videos produced by an older man to support her habit, the lawsuit said.

The report went on to say:

In his ruling, US District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote that there was enough evidence to find that Visa engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the online pornographers.

“Here is Visa, standing at and controlling the valve, insisting that it cannot be blamed for the water spill because someone else is wielding the hose,” Carney wrote.

“When MindGeek decides to monetize child porn, and Visa decides to continue to allow its payment network to be used for that goal despite knowledge of MindGeek’s monetization of child porn, it is entirely foreseeable that victims of child porn like Plaintiff will suffer the harms that Plaintiff alleges,” the ruling said.

The Central District of California court also ordered MindGeek to undergo jurisdictional discovery and shine a light on its shadowy operations, which the judge said ensures “a hopeless whack-a-mole situation for victims.”

It also shot down Visa’s argument that it was an innocent third party, saying the credit card company briefly suspended its ties to Pornhub in 2020 amid allegations it housed thousands of illegal videos before joining forces again.

The news came a month after two Pornhub executives resigned amid widening inquiries into purported underage and non-consensual videos on the site.

MindGeek, which is based in Montreal and also owns Brazzers, RedTube and YouPorn, claims to have 115 million daily visitors and 3 billion daily ad impressions.

Pornhub was the ninth most popular webpage in the US last month, according to Semrush, a search engine marketing company.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it investigated some 5 million suspected child pornography videos in 2021.

BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A GOOD FAMILY

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There is something BAD wrong when any Child fears their Parents.

Building a Good Family

There are basic qualities and values needed to have and maintain a good family.

These qualities and values are:

  • Love
  • Honor, always truth and loyalty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Kindness
  • Communication
  • Consideration
  • Duty
  • Responsibility
The Future of this world

Children are the future of this world.  As a good parent it is your responsibility to teach your children from birth, the above qualities and values, as these are handed down from generation-to-generation, and prepares them to be good family members, good friends, good neighbors, good employees, good leaders, and good citizens.

Good caring parents teach by example, always remembering that genuine praise, guidance, and understanding are the mark of a good parent.  As your child grows, regular family quality time strengthens trust and mutual respect, forging a stronger family bond, where communication grows easier, and good memories are more easily made.

Maintaining A Good Family

The five “L’s” of a good, strong, family:

1 – Love is at the heart of the family.  All humans have the need to love and to be loved; the family is normally the place where love is expressed.  Love is the close personal blending of physical and mental togetherness.  It includes privacy, intimacy, sharing, belonging, and caring.  The atmosphere of real love is one of honesty, understanding, patience, and forgiveness.  Such love does not happen automatically; it requires constant daily effort by each family member.  Loving families share activities and express a great deal of gratitude for one another.  Love takes time, affection, and a positive attitude.

2 – Learning – Families are where we learn values, skills, and behavior.  Strong families manage and control their learning experiences.  They establish a pattern of home life. They select appropriate television programs.  They guide their children into the world outside the home.  They do not let social forces rule their family life.  They involve themselves in neighborhood, school, government, church, and business in ways that support their family values.  Strong families teach by example and learn through experience as they explain and execute their values.

3 – Loyalty – Strong families have a sense of loyalty and devotion toward family members. The family sticks together.  They stand by each other during times of trouble.  They stand up for each other when attacked by someone outside the family.  Loyalty builds through sickness and health, want and good fortune, failure and success, and all the things the family faces.  The family is a place of shelter for individual family members.  In times of personal success or defeat, the family becomes a cheering section or a mourning bench. They also learn a sense of give and take in the family, which helps prepare them for the necessary negotiations in other relationships.

4 – Laughter is good family medicine.  Humor is an escape valve for family tension. Through laughter we learn to see ourselves honestly and objectively.  Building a strong family is serious business, but if taken too seriously, family life can become very tense. Laughter balances our efforts and gives us a realistic view of things.  To be helpful, family laughter must be positive in nature.  Laughing together builds up a family.  Laughing at each other divides a family.  Families that learn to use laughter in a positive way can release tensions, gain a clearer view, and bond relationships.

5 – Leadership is essential.  Family members, usually the adults, must assume responsibility for leading the family.  If no one accepts this vital role, the family will weaken.  Each family needs its own special set of rules and guidelines.  These rules are based on the family members’ greatest understanding of one another.  The guidelines pass along from the adults to the children by example, with firmness and fairness.  Strong families can work together to establish their way of life, allowing children to have a voice in decision making and enforcing rules.  However, in the initial stages and in times of crisis, adult family members must get the family to work together.

OPERATION MAVERICK ROUNDS UP MORE THAN 130 ARRESTS IN OK

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Operation Maverick was a Joint Operation in Oklahoma City, OK.

Oklahoma City police part of joint operation leading to more than 130 arrests

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  –  Law enforcement arrested more than 130 people as part of an 11-day operation in Oklahoma City.

The operation was organized by Operations North (Hefner and Springlake Crime Units), Operations South (Santa Fe and Southwest Crime Units), Special Operations, the United States Marshals Service, and the ATF.

The purpose of Operation Maverick was to have police work together to make the city safer and impact the violent crime rate by arresting the most violent gang members and criminal offenders victimizing the community.  Operation Maverick focused on fugitive investigations related to violent crime and proactive efforts in areas identified by the crime units.

Warrant arrests included charges such as Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Shooting with Intent to Kill, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Domestic Strangulation, Domestic Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Drive-By Shooting, Forcible Sodomy, Lewd Acts with a Child, Child Neglect, Burglary 1, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated DUI, and Aggravated Attempted Eluding.

Proactive efforts led to arrests for charges that include Possession of a Firearm After a Former Conviction of a Felony, Trafficking Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of CDS with Intent, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated. Members of several gangs were arrested as part of this operation as well.

During Operation Maverick, there were 134 arrests total, including 102 felony arrests and 32 misdemeanor arrests.

Items seized during the operation include:

  • 47 firearms
  • 3 stolen vehicles
  • 1049 grams of marijuana
  • 67 grams of cocaine
  • 19 grams of meth
  • 23 Ecstasy pills
  • 53 Lortab pills
  • 8 Xanax pills
  • $5,792.00 drug proceeds

MISSING WOMAN FOUND AFTER OVER 40 YEARS

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAttorney General Paxton’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit Locates Woman who has Been Missing for Over 40 years, Shortly After Creating the Unit

AUSTIN, TX  –  In 1981, two deceased individuals, who were the apparent victims of a homicide, were discovered in a wooded area in Houston, Texas, and their identities could not be determined at that time.  In 2021, Identifinders International, through the use of genetic genealogy, was able to positively identify the bodies that were found in 1981 as Florida couple Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr.  The couple had an infant daughter named Holly who was not found with the remains of the Clouses.

The Linn and Clouse families have been searching for answers concerning the welfare of the Clouses and their daughter, Holly, since they were last heard from in 1980.  Last year, when the families learned that the two bodies found in Houston in 1981 were, in fact, Tina and Dean Clouse, the families began looking for answers as to what happened to Baby Holly and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Clouses.

Baby Holly has been located alive and well and is now 42 years of age.  Holly has been notified of the identities of her biological parents and has been in contact with her extended biological family and they hope to meet in person soon.

I am extremely proud of the exceptional work done by my office’s newly formed Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit.  My office diligently worked across state lines to uncover the mystery surrounding Holly’s disappearance.  We were successful in our efforts to locate her and reunite her with her biological family.”  Attorney General Paxton said.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  This investigation highlights the hard work and collaboration of multiple law enforcement divisions across the country and demonstrates the importance of working cold case and missing persons investigations.

“At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, we know that with advancements in technology and the hard work and dedication of law enforcement, we can get answers, even after four decades,” said John Bischoff, vice president of the Missing Children Division at NCMEC.  “We are thrilled that Holly will now have the chance to connect with her biological family who has been searching for her for so long. We hope that this is source of encouragement for other families who have missing loved ones and reminds us all to never give up.  NCMEC applauds the collaborative effort of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department and all the assisting agencies who came together to make today’s news possible.”

“Finding Holly is a birthday present from heaven since we found her on Junior’s birthday.  I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it… we have found Holly.”

“Thank you to all of the investigators for working so hard to find Holly.  I prayed for them day after day and that they would find Holly and she would be alright.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mindy Montford.  We will be forever grateful,” said Donna Casasanta (Holly’s grandmother).

“It was so exciting to see Holly.  I was so happy to meet her for the first time.  It is such a blessing to be reassured that she is alright and has had a good life.  The whole family slept well last night.  The Hope for Holly Project was a success thanks to Mindy and her team,” said Cheryl Clouse (Holly’s aunt).

“After finally being able to reunite with Holly, I dreamed about her and my sister, Tina last night.  In my dream, Tina was laying on the floor rolling around and laughing and playing with Holly like I saw them do many times before when they lived with me prior to moving to Texas.  I believe Tina’s finally resting in peace knowing Holly is reuniting with her family. I personally am so relieved to know Holly is alive and well and was well cared for, but also torn up by it all. That baby was her life,” said Sherry Linn Green (Holly’s aunt).

“The very first thing that ran through my head when we heard Holly was found was the call that I got eight months ago from Allison about my sister’s death.  The juxtaposition of that call with Holly’s sudden discovery just popped into my head.  To go from hoping to find her to suddenly meeting her less than 8 months later – how miraculous is that?  All of the detectives involved ..They all expressed such fortitude to get to the bottom of this case..  They have the Linn family’s complete support,” said Les Linn (Holly’s uncle).

The investigation into the murders of Holly’s biological parents, Tina and Dean Clouse, is ongoing and, if anyone has information about their deaths, please contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.texas.gov .

CRUEL CHILD ABUSE OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD CAUGHT ON VIDEO

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Aldine ISD Teacher and Aid

Aldine ISD teacher and aide charged for alleged abuse of 6-year-old boy with autism

ALDINE, TX  –  Two Aldine ISD educators have been charged after a first-grade student who has autism was allegedly physically injured in the classroom.

Britnee Vaughn, a teacher for kids with special needs, and teacher’s aide Maria Gonzalez-Valencia both face felony charges of injury to a child.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Aldine ISD said both educators are no longer employed by the district.

In an interview last week, the 6-year-old’s parents, Pablo Reyna and Angelica Frias, said they noticed their son would return from Raymond Elementary School with random scratches, bruises and bumps on his head.

“Whether he was OK or not,” Reyna said, “I thought he could have been playing or something.  You never know, he bumped his head or something.  I mean, he’s a kid, but like I said, it was never in our mind that the teacher was abusive towards him like that.”

Frias said what appeared to be minor injuries happened multiple times over the course of months, and both parents questioned their student’s teacher about it.

“It’s heartbreaking because he isn’t able to talk,” Frias said.  “He has autism, and he doesn’t talk, and he was not able to let me know what was going on.”

She said finally their request made it to the Raymond Elementary School’s administration staff, and an investigation was initiated.

The school’s principal, Tannessa Maddox, reportedly obtained video from inside the classroom after the parents complained.

Court records detail multiple instances where students were allegedly physically abused while in their classroom.

The first incident the court documents covered happened on March 24.

Witnesses to the video state that Gonzalez-Valencia was seen striking the boy in the forehead with an unknown object after he touched an item on her desk.

After the boy was hit, the video reportedly shows the 6-year-old placing his hands on his head in the same area of the strike, indicating that it caused him to feel pain.

After allegedly striking the boy, the teacher’s aide can be heard telling the boy to move, court records claim.

On March 25, a video allegedly shows Vaughn walk over to the boy, who was spinning around on the floor, and kick him, causing him to slide across the floor.

In a separate incident on April 4, court records claim that Vaughn physically hurt another child, in addition to the 6-year-old who has autism.

Witnesses claim that the classroom video shows the boy and the other student playing on the floor.

Vaughn is then seen walking over to the boy and grabbing him by the back of his shirt in the neck area, pulling him up from the floor and onto his feet.

She then reportedly pushes him towards his desk, causing him to fall to the floor.
Witnesses to the video said when the boy got up and sat at his desk, he started rubbing his neck with his hands.

After that, the video reportedly shows Vaughn walking over to the other student and grabbing him by the ear until he gets up from the ground.

The student allegedly yelled in reaction, causing Vaughn to let go. That’s when she reportedly told him not to scream again, or she would take his tablet.

When the student went to sit down at his desk, he was reportedly holding his ear in pain.
In an interview on Tuesday, Pablo Jr.’s parents said the teachers being charged is a good first step, but they want full accountability.

“I think they should be not able to teach anymore. Their title should be taken away from them. If they didn’t have the patience for the kids, then why be a teacher?” said Frias.
They said they would also like to see the district pay more attention.

“I hope that they keep an eye out and be more aware of what’s going on with the teachers, the students and just be able to catch things sooner,” said Frias.

Pablo Jr.’s parents said their son is not finishing the school year at Raymond Elementary as they did not feel comfortable with him going back there after what happened. He is currently enrolled at another Aldine ISD school.

Aldine ISD issued an updated statement about the investigation on Tuesday:

“Aldine ISD is aware of an incident at Raymond Elementary School in which a teacher and a paraprofessional made inappropriate physical contact with two special needs students. Once the school was made aware of this incident, CPS and Aldine ISD PD were immediately contacted and an investigation was initiated. The Aldine ISD PD turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and charges have been filed against both individuals. Both individuals are no longer employed by Aldine ISD.

This incident is deeply concerning and should not have occurred. The district trains teachers and paraprofessionals in nonviolent crisis intervention techniques at the beginning of each school year and will reinforce that training during the remainder of this year. Aldine ISD expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates the proper regard for others and does not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety and emotional well-being of any students or staff member. In addition, the district will use its resources to protect its students and staff.

Aldine ISD leaders will continue to work together to find solutions which provide a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment in our schools in order to support academic achievement, respectful interactions and engagement.”