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Las Vegas mother’s fight to save prostitute daughter Hannah Swanson from pimp

A heartbroken mother has told how she lost her teenage daughter to the violent, vice-ridden streets of Las Vegas, where she now works as a prostitute. Andrea Swanson has spoken out about the heartbreak of losing her daughter Hannah, now 18, to Las Vegas prostitution. Photo: Sky 1 Andrea Swanson’s daughter, Hannah, was just 16 when she met a boy her parents thought was ideal but who turned out to be a pimp who lured Hannah away into the casino city’s seedy underworld. Andrea, speaking to Britain’s Ross Kemp on a television special, said there was little she could do to get her daughter back, despite the involvement of police. Hannah Swanson, now 22, was led into a life of prostitution by her ‘pimp’ boyfriend trying to cash in on the seedy underbelly of the Las Vegas strip “In the autumn of her junior year at High School, she met this boy,” Andrea told Kemp. “All of a sudden, she’s not angry anymore and it all seems to be because of this new boyfriend. We were delighted.” “All of a sudden, he ends up in prison for stealing cars. That’s where the grooming happened. “He was writing her letters, filling her head with all these promises… Writing me letters, telling me he cared for my daughter…” The “boyfriend” spent two years in prison, returned to Hannah and her family but within weeks they were gone. Chris Boffman, the head of Las Vegas police department’s human-trafficking section, told the MailOnline that middle-class girls were becoming an increasingly common sight on the streets. “The catch is, they aren’t selling prostitution. It is legal to run an escort company but some of these escort companies are run by pimps,” Mr Boffman said. “With three girls, they can make $1m a year. One of the reasons they’re so violent and protective of the women that they’re trafficking is that they have so much to gain. “I’ve seen everything from women sexually assaulted, group raped, burned with irons, tattoos burned off them with irons, water boarding.” Andrea says her Hannah admitted to being a prostitute, saying her daughter told her: “You find the drunkest motherf***er on the strip, you proposition him…. then you steal him… you steal him blind. You take his wallet, his watch, whatever. I did it.” Andrea remains estranged from her daughter and has no idea where she currently is. ‘We need tourist money in this town, we just don’t need it off the backs of our daughters,’ she adds. ‘The attitude of Vegas is do what you would never do anywhere else, and leave. And you don’t ever have to think about it again but my family has been ripped apart.’ Agencies

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Teenage girl victim of grooming gang ‘raped by 30 men in just six hours including father and schoolboy son’

A teenage girl was groomed and raped by up to 30 Asian men – including a father and his schoolboy son – during an horrific sex attack lasting six hours, an inquiry heard. Hassan Abdulla, left, and Jan Kandrac were part of a gang jailed for a total of 54 years at the Old Bailey in London for raping and sexually abusing girls as young as 12 in Peterborough Campaigner Shaista Gohir MBE detailed abuse of the young vulnerable Asian girl in a shocking report highlighting how rife grooming was within ethnic communities. She claimed that sexual exploitation and grooming of young Asian girls by men of the same ethnic origins was happening under the noses of authorities – with community leaders, schools and families are all too ready to dismiss the attacks or even cover them up. Muslim and women’s rights activist Ms Gohir used the harrowing Birmingham case, involving a teenage girl who was allegedly raped by between 20 to 30 men, to call on authorities to do more to tackle the issue. The attack was said to have taken place over six hours and included a father and son, who was in school uniform, and taxi drivers who turned up in groups. The report, presented to Birmingham City Council, followed interviews with 35 victims, as well as several sex attackers from Muslim communities throughout the UK. Ms Gohir also challenged the popular view that grooming and exploitation, as in high-profile cases in Rochdale and Oxford, was mainly carried out by gangs of Asian men abusing white girls.

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The incredible video that reveals one of nature’s camouflage experts in action

So how long did it take you to spot the nightjar in the video on this page? For the predators trying to outsmart their concealed prey it’s about not going hungry. But for the birds and the eggs that they are protecting it’s a matter of life and death. And for scientists interested in how camouflage systems work, letting the public loose on research-oriented games are way to test the fundamental bioscience behind vision and perception. Hidden somewhere in the image is a Nightjar “Camouflage is extremely important for many animals, but we know relatively little about the underlying mechanisms of how it defeats predator vision and relates to survival, especially in natural systems” says Dr Martin Stevens of the University of Exeter. “There are many concepts and ideas just waiting to be tested.” Stevens has been working on the arms race between animal concealment and the way it attempts to fool the visual systems of predators for more than a decade. His BBSRC-funded Sensory Ecology and Evolution group are currently undertaking ambitious field studies in Africa using advanced hidden cameras (see this 01:30 video trailer for more on this work). While his colleagues are away in the field, Stevens have been overseeing the development of community-based game studies that ask key questions about how camouflage systems work. Under the banner Project Nightjar, so far his team have released two different games, Where is that nightjar? and Where is that nest? that have been played by more than 15,000 people and provide a valuable and unique data set. Games that utilise this ‘crowdsourcing’ approach are increasingly popular. See ‘The wisdom of the crowd’ for more on how scientists can utilise populations of players in their research.

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Furious female motorist climbs on roof of BMW in ROAD RAGE incident

A road rage incident in Kingsbury in which a woman was seen climbing on to a car’s roof before the driver sped off, has been caught on camera Woman stands on a car roof at Kingsbury Circle A woman stood on the roof of a car, which then drove off in a road rage incident. The altercation happened at Kingsbury Circle in Kingsbury on Saturday February 8 and another road user uploaded the video to YouTube. The video shows a woman first standing on the roof of a BMW approaching the roundabout then sitting down as a man gets back in the car and drives off with her still on top. She holds on and it appears she slides down from the roof after the car jolts forward but then clings on to the windscreen. After the car jolts forward again as it waits to turn on to the roundabout she gets off and is seen saying something to the driver of the BMW. She walks round the back of the car and gets back in to an Audi. The incident was filmed by Riz Husain who tweeted about it as well. He included the Twitter name for Harrow police but the police confirmed they had not received a report of the incident. @MailOnline

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Aunt performed CPR on five-month-old nephew at side of Miami busy road

As her nephew started turning blue, Pamela Rauseo panicked. Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. AP Photo She didn’t want anything bad to happen to 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who was born premature and with respiratory issues. So Rauseo stopped her SUV along Miami’s Dolphin Expressway on Thursday and screamed for help. She started giving the baby CPR. Rauseo hadn’t performed CPR in years. “I don’t know how I remembered what to do. … I just knew I couldn’t let him die,” she told ABC News. With traffic at a standstill, fellow drivers began to help. Lucila Godoy left her own son in the car to assist in CPR and comfort Rauseo. Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz ran through lanes of traffic to alert police officers before capturing the tense scene. Officer Amauris Bastidas arrived, helping as Rauseo twice got the baby breathing again. Rescue crews took Sebastian to the hospital. He was photographed later that day in his mother Paola’s arms, smiling, the color returned to his face. Rauseo, 37, works in interior design. She runs Round321, a company dedicated to designing innovative and unique pieces for parents and children. One of her room designs is called “Sebastian’s Circus” and features stylized elephants and a play tent. Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital said today that Sebastian is listed in critical but stable condition. It’s still too early to know when Sebastian would be discharged but doctors said they expect a full recovery. More tests are needed before they can determine just what caused the respiratory episode, they said. Rauseo who also attended today’s press briefing, said she undertook CPR training about seven years ago but was still “very nervous” about treating little Sebastian on that freeway. Dr.

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Ryanair passengers call police during ELEVEN hour delay as they demand ‘food, water and the right to leave the aircraft’ at Stansted airport

More than 100 furious passengers on a Ryanair flight called police saying they had been left for hours on their stranded plane without food or drink, despite having children on board A police officer boarded the Ryanair plane at Stansted Airport after passengers were left waiting on the tarmac for three hours. Their flight to Porto eventually took off 11 hours late Angry passengers on a stranded Valentine’s Day Ryanair flight were forced to call the police after reportedly being left on a plane for hours with no food or water. More than 100 travellers, including children, had already faced lengthy delays to board the delayed flight from Stansted to Porto in Portugal. Exhausted, they said they asked the cabin crew for food and water but were refused, the MailOnline reported. When their patience snapped, passengers confronted cabin crew and many phoning police. One passenger claimed up to 50 calls were made. Police finally boarded the plane and passengers were allowed to get off and wait in the airport terminal. By this time, they had spent more than three hours on the jet without refreshments. After an 11-hour delay, the plane finally took off. Passenger João Pinheiro posted a video diary of the scenes on You Tube, which has since received nearly 500,000 views. In the video, passengers can be seen begging the cabin crew for assistance. ‘There is nothing to eat or drink,’ one man shouts to a male steward. ‘You are ignoring your passengers who are asking for help. Aren’t you flight attendants? Is everybody crazy?’ A woman passenger says: ‘You won’t let us eat or drink even if we pay? We can’t leave the aircraft either?’ Another pleads: ‘There is a baby on board.’ The video claims the passengers asked for food, water and for the air conditioning to be turned on at 1am, but that this was refused. A police car with flashing lights was filmed outside the aircraft before an officer tells passengers they will be allowed to leave the plane. After the video emerged, Ryanair apologised but claimed that passengers had been given water on the plane and said the captain had also called the police for assistance. Last night a Ryanair spokesman said strong winds forced more than 20 airlines to divert into Stansted from from Heathrow and Gatwick on February 14, disrupting handling and fuelling operations at the airport. ‘After approximately two hours waiting for fuellers, the captain requested the handling company (Swissport) to allow the passengers into the terminal which was locked,’ the spokesman said. ‘The captain switched on the aircraft’s air conditioning while waiting for Swissport staff to arrive and the cabin crew provided water to passengers. When Swissport failed to arrive the captain requested the police to let the passengers into the locked terminal.’ The spokesman said passengers were then given refreshment vouchers. Last night a spokesman for Swissport said: ‘Swissport staff were under extreme pressure dealing with an unprecedented level of flights and whilst we accept we should have unloaded the passengers sooner we simply had no one available to unload when contacted by the captain. Swissport regret any delay to passengers and to Ryanair.’ Last month, furious French Ryanair passengers launched a revolt and stole from the drink trolley after being faced with 24-hour delay following an emergency landing. ...

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Facebook co-founder Sean Parker plowed snow into street to install FiOS

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker has hit back at a ValleyWag report claiming he hired people to plow snow into the middle of the street so he could have super fast internet access. Sean Parker, pictured at the 2012 SXSW Music Festival, is denying a ValleyWag report claiming he had the snow cleared to make way for a Verizon crew The billionaire entrepreneur says he did not hire a work crew to plow the snow into the middle of West 10th Street so he could drop Time Warner Cable for Verizon FiOS and claims he hasn’t lived at the house for years. Parker’s desire for FiOS was so great that he was willing to upset the fragile relationships most New Yorkers share with each other in such close quarters, a source told Gawker’s ValleyWag. The article also said he paid to have the snow shoveled into the road up to his house, but then stopped short. The Facebook founding president also said he only found out about the incident after reading MailOnline’s report detailing the accusations. ‘This was news to me,’ Parker wrote in an email. ‘I just learned of this via your article.’ The snow was pushed into and up the narrow one-way street away from Parker’s home to provide a Verizon crew space to hook up his $20million dollar pad with faster internet access than cable could provide, the source said. Pictures show a clear disparity in the snow cover leading traffic east towards Fifth Avenue from Parker’s six bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath palace and the bare pavement west towards Sixth Avenue. Parker said he no longer lives in a tony townhouse and has not ‘for almost 2 years.’ ‘My wife and I have been living in midtown and we have no idea what is happening on that block,’ he added. Parker admitted preparations have been underway for the new owner, but said he has not been kept in the loop, adding that he ‘can’t imagine why anybody would be digging around in the snow.’ The serial entrepreneur promised to look into the incident and provide further information as it becomes available. The brazen move came as New Yorkers have been suffering through the one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recorded history due to the Polar Vortex

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