(CNN) -- Attorneys general in 17 states have banded together to call on Craigslist, the online classified ad website, to discontinue its adult services section.

 

"The increasingly sharp public criticism of Craigslist's Adult Services section reflects a growing recognition that ads for prostitution -- including ads trafficking children -- are rampant on it," the attorneys general said in a Tuesday letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark.

 

(Washington) - The US government needs to strengthen its protection of people in immigration detention to prevent sexual abuse and to ensure justice for victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

 

 

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Meeting in secret, living in fear: Members of Iran's LGBT community tell of arrests, beatings, rape – and escape to the West. But 'people are showing less fear of the Islamic regime,' they say.

 

By Dudi Cohen

 

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By Josh Kron

 

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — A mob of Rwandan rebels gang-raped at least 150 women last month during a weekend raid on a community of villages in eastern Congo, United Nations and other humanitarian officials said Sunday.

 

By BETH DEFALCO (AP)

 

TRENTON, N.J. — The allegations were unthinkable, the outrage immediate, justice promised: A 7-year-old girl had been handed over to a group of men and boys by her older 15-year-old stepsister and gang-raped.

 

"What happened to this 7-year-old angel ... by a group of depraved, animal pedophiles ranks in a place where I could never imagine. This is not the Congo," said then-Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer three days after the March 28 party in a vacant apartment in one of Trenton's toughest neighborhoods.

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new emergency contraceptive, Ella or ulipristal acetate, which is effective at preventing pregnancy up to five days after contraceptive failure or unprotected sexual intercourse. In June, a panel of FDA expert medical advisors unanimously agreed that it is safe and effective in preventing the release of an egg.

By Cindy Rodriguez

 

Gov. David Paterson signed a bill into law this weekend that allows sex trafficking victims to vacate their criminal convictions. Victim advocates say the legislation is the first of its kind in the country.

 

Over the past few years there's been a push by advocates to treat former prostitutes that were forced or coerced into sex work as victims instead of criminals.

 

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Three men who sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuses by Roman Catholic priests in a Kentucky diocese are abandoning the case.

 

Lawyers looked to question Pope Benedict XVI under oath but had to leap the high legal hurdle of the Vatican's sovereign immunity status in the U.S. But plaintiffs filed a motion on Monday asking a federal judge in Louisville to dismiss their claims.

 

By Sima Kotecha

 

American law enforcement agencies are being accused of not doing enough to combat the problem of child prostitution.

 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are forced into prostitution every year - sometimes through being kidnapped near their homes.

 

Some are as young as 12 years old.

 

By CATHERINE TSAI

 

TRINIDAD, Colo. — This picturesque southern Colorado town known for decades as the sex-change capital of the world — thousands of gender-reassignment operations have been performed here — is becoming a beacon for victims of female genital mutilation.

 

Dr. Marci Bowers has performed about two dozen reconstructive surgeries on mostly African born women victimized as children by the culturally driven practice of female circumcision. Bowers is believed to be one of the few U.S. doctors performing the operation.

 

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