Friday 18th of June 2021

Pornhub videos: Women sue, alleging lack of consent

  • More than 30 women are suing the company which owns the streaming site Pornhub, alleging exploitation over the use of explicit videos of them. 
  • The women say the videos were uploaded to Pornhub without their consent and have lodged a civil suit in California. 
  • The California lawsuit accuses Mindgeek of running a “criminal enterprise”. 
  • In a statement, Pornhub called the allegations “utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false”.
  • For the full story, select here 

Report details extent of abuse female gamers receive 

  • Female gamers who regularly get sexist abuse and rape threats online say more needs to be done to protect them. 
  • Women have shared their experiences of sexual harassment while gaming, as part of a report being submitted to MPs. 
  • One gamer, Jasmine Jada, a full-time streamer from Leeds, says: “I’ve had men talk to each other trying to guess what my body’s like, guess what I’m wearing. It’s always worse when there’s more than one,” the 23-year-old tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. 
  • The charity behind the report wants gaming companies to put more controls in place.
  • For the full story, select here.

County Lines: Children rescued from drug dealing gang in east London 

  • Police investigating the exploitation of children into County Lines, where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, arrested eight people in early morning raids on Thursday. 
  • Four addresses were targeted simultaneously in Ilford and Newham during an investigation which began last year. 
  • Police identified a gang they suspected of being involved in widespread drug supply across east London and Essex and initially found more than 10 children being controlled by the group. 
  • “The operation has focused on rescuing children and vulnerable people who had no option but to do as they were told through fear of violence from those controlling them,” said Detective Inspector Laura Hillier.
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Free school meals: Poorer pupils miss out in funding change, say unions 

  • A “worrying” number of poorer school pupils will miss out on extra funding because of a change in the way support is allocated, unions say. 
  • New figures show more than one in five children in England are now eligible for free school meals – an increase of 420,000 children since March 2020. 
  • But extra funding for schools will be based on data from last October rather than the latest figures for January. 
  • The government says the date change will help with budget planning.
  • For the full story, select here