Charity reveals real voicemails from Irish men to distressed fictitious prostitute

first_imgRuhama, a charity that helps women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, has released a video containing real voicemails left to a fictitious prostitute.The ‘Andreea’ project was launched as part of the Penny For Your Thoughts campaign which is a European multi-city art project designed to raise awareness of sex trafficking across Europe and beyond.‘Andreea’ – a silhouette image posed seductively above a phone number – was ‘advertised’ in a variety of busy locations across Dublin and beyond. Callers were greeted by a voicemail of a bubbly young woman with an Eastern European accent who says she’s “sensual” and “available for loads of fun.”The voicemail takes a dark turn when she reveals that she was trafficked into Ireland’s sex trade, and says that if she defies “the man who brought her here”, she’ll be in trouble. She goes on to say that the man promised her a childcare job in Ireland, only to coerce her into prostitution.She closed the voicemail with a plea for help before asking the caller to leave her a message with their thoughts. Despite making it clear that she has been trafficked, 68% of those who called wished know more about her “services”.In just 20 days, ‘Andreea’ received 759 calls, 314 texts, and 37 voicemails. An analysis into 209 of these contacts revealed that 82% of callers were concerned about the sexual services ‘Andreea’ provides, and enquired about her prices.Sarah Benson, CEO of Ruhama, said: “We were immediately struck by the extent to which sex buyers saw ‘Andreea’ more as a service or a product, rather than an actual person. The language they used and the way they communicated with ‘Andreea’ just confirms to us the dehumanising nature of prostitution that so many of the women we support describe experiencing.“Shockingly, 68% of those who left voicemails, who had the opportunity to listen to ‘Andreea’s’ message and learn that she had been sex trafficked, still persisted in enquiring about the services she was offering. They displayed a completely callous disregard for a victim of Ireland’s vicious sex trade. These buyers were only concerned with their own sexual gratification and getting the kind of sex acts they wanted, and did not seem to care that this was at the expense of a vulnerable woman in a clearly difficult situation.”An analysis of the calls shows that the most popular requests included explicit photos, threesomes, anal sex, various sex acts specifically without a condom and ‘sex chats’.Sarah Benson concluded: “If we really want equality for women and girls then we must fight against the proliferation of the sex trade and the culture of male sexual entitlement it is predicated upon. This includes holding sex buyers to account for their actions and challenging their view of women as mere commodities.” Ruhama urges anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation in Ireland’s sex trade, or who is concerned about someone they know, to contact them for support on (01) 836 0292, or text the word REACH for free to 50100Charity reveals real voicemails from Irish men to distressed fictitious prostitute was last modified: February 10th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:prostitutionruhamasex traffickingvoicemailslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterIn its fifth supersonic rocket-powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time in 10 weeks today [22 February 2019] in the skies above Mojave, California. Spaceship VSS Unity reached its highest speed and altitude to date and, for the first time, carried a third crew member on board along with research payloads from the NASA Flight Opportunities program.This space flight means Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and co-pilot Michael “Sooch” Masucci become commercial astronauts and the 569th and 570th humans in space. Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s Chief Astronaut Instructor, flew as the third crew member in a first, live evaluation of cabin dynamics. She is the 571st person to fly to space and the first woman to fly on board a commercial spaceship.Virgin Galactic Makes Space for Second Time in Ten Weeks with Three On BoardIn addition to this element of envelope expansion, VSS Unity flew higher and faster than ever before, as its world record-holding hybrid rocket motor propelled the spaceship at Mach 3.04 to an apogee of 295,007 feet (approximately 90 kilometres).The crew enjoyed extraordinary views of Earth from the black skies of space and, during several minutes of weightlessness while the pilots “feathered” the spaceship in preparation for a Mach 2.7 re-entry, Beth floated free to complete a number of cabin evaluation test points. The human validation of data previously collected via sensors, and the live testing of other physical elements of the cabin interior, are fundamental to the provision of a safe but enjoyable customer experience.The glide back home was followed by a smooth runway landing and a rapturous reception from the crowd on the flight line, which included staff and some of Virgin Galactic’s 600 Future Astronaut customers.Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, a born and bred Scotsman as well as an ex-RAF test pilot and Virgin Atlantic Captain, led his crew of newly qualified astronauts from VSS Unity accompanied by a kilted piper.Today’s flight notched several additional firsts for the industry:The flight was the first time that a non-pilot flew on board a commercial spaceship to space;It was the first time that a crew member floated freely without restraints in weightlessness in space on board a commercial spaceship;It was the first time that three people flew to space on a commercial spaceship;And Dave Mackay became the first Scottish-born astronaut (Brian Binnie, who was raised in Scotland, flew to space in 2004).Addressing colleagues and guests Dave said: “Beth, Sooch and I just enjoyed a pretty amazing flight which was beyond anything any of us has ever experienced.“It was thrilling, yet smooth and nicely controlled throughout with a view – at the top – of the Earth from space, which exceeded all our expectations.” Chief Pilot Dave Mackay“I am incredibly proud of my crew and of the amazing teams at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company for providing a vehicle and an operation which means we can fly confidently and safely. For the three of us today this was the fulfilment of lifelong ambitions, but paradoxically, is also just the beginning of an adventure which we can’t wait to share with thousands of others.”Sir Richard Branson said: “Flying the same vehicle safely to space and back twice in a little over two months, while at the same time expanding the flight envelope, is testament to the unique capability we have built up within the Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company organisations. I am immensely proud of everyone involved.“Having Beth fly in the cabin today, starting to ensure that our customer journey is as flawless as the spaceship itself, brings a huge sense of anticipation and excitement to all of us here who are looking forward to experiencing space for ourselves. The next few months promise to be the most thrilling yet.”last_img read more