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OPINION
June 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
'He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a familiar piece of folk wisdom, but the Supreme Court rightly reaffirmed this week that it is bad constitutional law. At issue was a 2003 law under which the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development have spent billions of dollars to contain the spread of HIV/AIDs. Nongovernmental organizations that deliver services could not spend federal funds "to promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking" - a requirement Congress was free to impose.
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NATIONAL
June 20, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The government may not require people or groups to "pledge allegiance" to its policies as a condition of obtaining grants, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a broad defense of the 1st Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. The 6-2 decision written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. strikes down part of a federal law that requires groups that receive funding to fight AIDS overseas to announce policies "opposing prostitution and sex trafficking. " Since 2003, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars for funding organizations that combat HIV and AIDS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The conviction in Orange County of a Washington state man described by prosecutors as a pimp marks the first in the county under the anti-human-trafficking proposition -- which increases penalties for such crimes --  approved last year by California voters. Prosecutors said Mark Wesley Anderson and Jaeleesa Jaemika Smith, the woman who worked with him to recruit prostitutes, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to bringing a woman from another state to Orange County under false pretenses and forcing her into prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Annie Kim and John Canalis
 A high school drama teacher praised by gay-rights advocates for staging “Rent” in 2009 after opponents deemed the Tony Award-winning songbook's themes of AIDS and prostitution too racy for teens is under investigation following an altercation with a student, officials said Tuesday. Ronald Knight Martin, 57, is on paid leave from Corona del Mar High School, pending a battery investigation, Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss confirmed. Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said investigators are interviewing witnesses about an incident of non-sexual battery that took place on an unspecified date this year.  Citing the confidentiality of a minor, Manzella declined to say whether the alleged victim was the teacher or the student.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy facing a charge of soliciting a prostitute has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disturbing the peace and been sentenced to three years' probation and a $550 fine. The plea was agreed to by the city attorney's office after deputy Stuart Rea attended and completed a "prostitution impact" course and attended an AIDS-HIV lecture, according to court officials. The reduction in charges is standard in first-offense prostitution cases, officials said. Rea, a member of the department since 1991, was put on desk duty after he was cited.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Two alleged pimps - accused of smuggling a Mexican woman into Orange County and forcing her into prostitution to pay off the debt of an ill family member - were arraigned Wednesday on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution, prosecutors said. Victor Lara Romero, 32, and Gustavo Romero Clemente, 35, have each been charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Condoms could become harder to introduce as evidence in prostitution cases under legislation approved by the Assembly on Friday. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would require prosecutors to show a judge that the presence of condoms is relevant to the case before they can be discussed during a trial. The proposal (AB 336) now goes to the state Senate. Ammiano originally wanted to completely ban the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, saying he didn't want fear of prosecution to prevent people from taking steps to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Zumba dance instructor was sentenced to 10 months in jail on Friday, ending the case of sex, lies and videotape in a prostitution scandal that rocked a picturesque seaside town in Maine. Alexis Wright, 30, was sentenced under a plea agreement to 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. She was accused of selling sex at her fitness studio, apartment and an office, earning more than $150,000 over 18 months and attracting at least 150 clients, including the Kennebunk, Maine, mayor and a high school hockey coach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - It was a quiet evening by this city's standards, and still the police emergency lines were lighting up. As screams rang out behind her, a caller said her neighbor was being beaten. A woman reported that a front door down the street had been bashed in by a possible intruder. Another said a family member with a knife and supply of methamphetamine was threatening to kill herself. By 7:30 p.m. there were 40 calls requiring squad cars on the eastern half of town but no officers available to respond.
SCIENCE
April 30, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Climate change is causing glaciers to melt, heat waves to become more intense, species to become extinct and low-lying island nations like Tuvalu to disappear altogether. To this list of calamities , U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee has added another: Climate change could force more women to become prostitutes. That warning is contained in a resolution the California Democrat introduced in Congress on Friday. In House Concurrent Resolution 36 , Rep. Lee and 11 co-sponsors note that warming temperatures could push as many as 3 billion people into poverty by the year 2050.
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