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Man Accused of 'Massive Sextortion' Plot Gets 38 Years

Anton Martynenko 'terrible human being' for luring teen boys into sending nude pics: victim

(Newser) - What's said to have been the biggest child-pornography production case in Minnesota history ended Tuesday in a St. Paul courtroom, and two of the victims faced down their tormenter there. "We all can now be given freedom from this," one of the unnamed victims, now a young... More »

Tesla CEO: We'll Investigate $5 an Hour Labor Claims

Newspaper says foreign workers were brought in on the cheap

(Newser) - An article in Sunday's San Jose Mercury News exposed a troubling narrative about Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif., claiming that about 140 workers from Eastern Europe were imported by a subcontractor to build a paint shop for the Model 3 sedan—for $5 an hour. Per the Guardian ... More »

The Duggar Lesson: Stop This Reality Exploitation

Columnist: We beat a familiar path from entertained to horrified

(Newser) - Boy, those Duggars were fun to watch—even hate-watch—until things got creepy . Same with Honey Boo Boo . And Duck Dynasty . Enough already, pleads Kevin Fallon in a post at the Daily Beast whose headline advocates the "end of hicksploitation on TV." When doling out blame to the... More »

Cuomo: We Won't Let Nail Salon Workers Be Exploited

NY gov orders emergency measures to stop wage theft, health hazards

(Newser) - A New York Times exposé by Sarah Maslin Nir about the exploitation of nail salon workers has caught the attention of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced he's putting emergency measures into place to go after wage theft and health hazards in the industry, the AP reports. In... More »

How Nail Salon Workers Are Really Treated (It Isn't Pretty)

Manicurists are often underpaid and treated badly, even abused: 'NYT' report

(Newser) - The good news for manicure-seekers: The number of nail salons, particularly in the New York City area, has been growing rapidly. The not-so-good news: The employees who buff, shape, and polish are often severely underpaid (if they're paid at all), exploited as immigrants, and sometimes even abused, per a... More »

Huge Bust Shows 'Dirty Old Man Stereotype' Obsolete

'Operation Broken Heart' reels in former sheriff's deputy, US Army soldier

(Newser) - "The dirty old man stereotype no longer applies." That was the pronouncement of ICE Homeland Security agent Claude Arnold yesterday, during a press conference that revealed the results of "Operation Broken Heart." Authorities announced that more than 275 people were arrested in May as part of... More »

Mom Accused of Taking Nude Pics of Daughter

...so the girl, 13, could send them to a 30-year-old man

(Newser) - Just when you thought the mom who may have burned her daughter in a tanning booth had Parent of the Year all sewn up, Gawker spots this gem from the Deseret News : A 35-year-old mom has been charged with taking naked photos of her 13-year-old daughter … so that she... More »

9th Apple Plant Worker Commits Suicide

China suicide cluster baffles manufacturer

(Newser) - A 21-year-old man who jumped out a window to his death Saturday marks the ninth suicide of a worker at Foxconn, the Taiwanese-owned manufacturer of iPhones and iPods. The deaths of young employees—combined with the fact that the company says it has prevented some 30 suicides in the past... More »

Be Careful, Sarah Palin, You're Exploiting Trig

She needs to pull back from using him as a political tool

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker offers some "mother to mother" advice to Sarah Palin in her column today: "Be careful" about using Trig as a political weapon. "Each time she sallies forth as Mama Bear to America's special-needs citizenry, invoking Trig's name amid demands for her children's privacy, a tiny... More »

Writer Wrestles With Visit to Long-Necked Thai Tribe

Overcomes angry tour guides, conscience

(Newser) - Most travel companies refuse to take tourists to Thailand’s Burmese Padaung tribe—whose women wear neck coils that artificially elongate their necks—arguing that the practice is exploitative. But Amit R. Paley, writing for the Washington Post, ultimately found a guide and wrestled down his conscience. "My ability... More »

Jon: Kids Aren't 'Exploited'

(Newser) - Jon Gosselin would quit his hit TLC show before allowing it to impede his children's happiness, or so he tells People. “Exploited?” he asked. “I don't even want to use that word, because I think it's ridiculous.” Gosselin spoke without wife Kate, who, in a different interview... More »

Fla. AG Sues Makers of Vick Chew Toy, Caylee Doll

Profits did not go to charity as promised

(Newser) - Florida’s attorney general filed suit today against the firm that has shown astoundingly poor taste in two merchandise items: a Michael Vick dog chew toy and Caylee Anthony doll, Reuters reports. Showbiz Promotions said profits from both would go to animal shelters and the National Center for Missing and... More »

Jacko Bro Plans Slavery Theme Park

Historians condemn $3.4B project

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's big brother Marlon wants to bring tourists to Nigeria by building a $3.4 billion resort—complete with an ever-so-slightly controversial slavery theme park, a replica slave ship, oh, and a Jackson Five exhibit, the Telegraph reports. Visitors to the park, located in Badagry, the departure point for... More »

Spitzer Hooker Sues Girls Gone Wild for $10M

Francis exploited her with booze, call girl claims

(Newser) - The call girl who once serviced New York's governor is now charging $10 million—in a lawsuit against Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis, People reports. Ashley Alexandra Dupré alleges that Francis persuaded her to be filmed topless when she was underage and exploited her name and image for profit. More »

Knut's Dad Wants a Piece of the Action

Rival zoo says it's entitled to share star polar bear's earnings

(Newser) - Knut, the polar bear superstar of the Berlin Zoo, has all the trappings of celebrity—fame, money, a Hollywood deal, and now, family members looking to cash in. The zoo that owns his dad, Lars, says it deserves some of the millions Knut has raked in, Der Spiegel reports. "... More »

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