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Young girls rescued from sex trafficking in Rio pre-Olympic sweep

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro police say they have rescued eight people who were being forced to work in a sex-trafficking ring at the beaches near the main Olympic hub.

The investigative police said in comments published yesterday that three of the people were 15 or 16 years old. They had been forced to work as prostitutes at the beaches of the Recreio neighbourhood.

Investigator Cristiana Bento told O Globo newspaper this weekend the operation was part of a larger sweep before the Olympics to prevent child prostitution. Police are investigating local vendors who may have worked with the prostitution ring.

Child sex tourism is rampant along the beaches of northeastern Brazil. Human rights groups have said an influx of foreign tourists threatened the sexual exploitation of children during the 2014 World Cup.

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Police clear sex workers from Thika ahead of inter-county games

Police officers flashed out commercial sex workers operating within Thika town ahead of the inter-county games.

Police arrested 26 commercial sex, among them women and underage girls, involved in the business in the town.

The operation was aimed at improving security ahead of the Kenya Inter county Sports and Culture Association Games (KICOSCA) set to kick off on Monday.

Thika division OCPD Erastus Muthamia said the twilight girls have been working in cahoots with criminal gangs to rob residents in the evenings.

“We did our investigations after Thika business people complained to us about the increase in crime in the town and realised that the twilight girls have been working in partnership with criminals to commit crime in the town,” said Muthamia.

“We shall continue with the swoop with an aim of wiping out those who might have come back to ensure that visitors who come to Thika for the inter-county games enjoy a safe stay in Thika,” he added.

Mr Muthamia however noted that the operation is aimed in the long run at freeing Thika off commercial workers.

About 5,000 visitors are expected in Thika for the week-long games slated for between August 14 and 28 at Thika stadium.

Prior to the swoop, Thika Deputy County Commissioner Tom Anjere chaired several security meetings attended by bar and restaurant owners and stakeholders in the transport sector.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo handed the Kenyan flag to the Kiambu team on Thursday at Thika stadium.

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Finishing out of the money

For many young people, pursuing a career in sports in Hong Kong sets them on a road to low future employment prospects and possibly poverty. At last, joint efforts are underway to improve those prospects but observers of the local sports scene say more needs to be done. Ming Yeung reports.

Gloria Chan Hok-yan's blackmail case shocked the city, not only because of the circumstances of the case but the inconvenient truth that retired athletes are desperate to make money even to the point of breaking the law.

Chan, 27, blackmailed a wealthy 72-year-old businessman identified only as X, demanding HK$3 million in exchange for a video of the couple having sex. She later admitted that there was no sex video. On Jan 14 Chan was sentenced to 15-month imprisonment.

Chan came to know X working at a restaurant he frequented in 2005. He became her "sugar daddy" not long after. Their relationship soured over time and Chan found that X constantly avoided her.

The public followed Chan's case like a soap opera but few actually gave consideration to the reasons behind it.

Chan is a former Asian Games boat rower. She was 15 when she competed in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, finishing the fourth. She obtained fairly good results in some international competitions as well.

She officially retired in 2001, at 18. Not surprisingly, she could not find a well-paid job and found herself stranded in poverty as a result of her lack of proper academic qualification. Therefore, a comfortable life offered by X was irresistible and that ultimately set her on her own path of no return.

Lee Kin-wo, 43, is one of the most famous football players. He encouraged young athletes to have clear visions of what they want to do after retiring from sports long before they step out of the clubhouse for the last time.

As the head coach of Hong Kong's football team, he said becoming a coach was the result of his determination and endeavor. "Chances do not grow on trees. Wanting to be something and striving to be something are two different things," Lee said.

Lee took coaching courses and volunteered as a coach for some football clubs before attaining the head coach post of Hong Kong national football team.

Retired athletes, in Lee's perspective, are a special group because they are not educated and well-skilled. "For those who want to make quick money after retirement, they will be more likely to become truck drivers or other coolie-related jobs," Lee said.

"Our (Hong Kong) government, as always, requires accomplishments before giving assistance to athletes. If there is no sufficient support, how can we achieve good results?" Lee asked. "The officials think the other way round."

Are there countless retired athletes struggling with joblessness and poverty right now? The situation may be misinterpreted by the public in terms of salary, said Lobo Louie, an associate professor at the Physical Education Department at the Baptist University.

"Earning a monthly stipend of HK$10,000 sounds pathetic. What if all other expenses are being taken care of and that HK$10,000 is the amount they keep in their own pockets?"

Unlike on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong athletes are not so closely tied to the government. "But the government needs to assure retired athletes good lives with a comprehensive system, instead of giving them large amounts of rewards," Louie said.

The system, in Louie's point of view, is providing them scholarships and places to pursue further studies. "The institutes do not need to guarantee their graduations but at least give them platform to build another life upon."

"Hurdles King" Henry Tang Hon-sing, who is Hong Kong's record holder in the men's 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles, agrees with Louie that money is not a "cure-all" and education is vital. But how to educate different athletes is the key.

"Simply put, a system cannot suit all kinds of sports. Take swimming and athletics as examples. Athletic players require a mature and strong body before hard-core training but swimmers start from a very early age. We have to take care of specific needs of each kind of athlete," Tang noted.

It is commonly believed that the lack of proper education and brighter prospects for professional athletes beyond retirement had deterred parents from encouraging their children to pursue careers in sports.

Therefore, "having a comprehensive policy for retired athletes is crucial for encouraging young aspiring boys and girls whose dream is to pursue a career in sport," said Tang, who now works at the Watsons Athletic Club as a coach.

Tang also suggested the government take initiatives to hire retired athletes, especially the injured ones, and give them on-the-job training. "They can handle clerical works and venue management duties. If they're interested, they can continue to study in a particular field," Tang said.

It appears the government has begun to pay attention to the plight of retired athletes, after much being heaped with much criticism.

According to Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) figures, 16 athletes recommended by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) or the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) were accepted to University Grants Committee-funded (UGC-funded) education programs in 2010.

In 2008, 13 elite athletes were admitted to UGC-funded institutions and on the recommendation of HKSI or SF&OC. In 2009, 19 were admitted.

The spokeswoman for HAB responded that it was working out a comprehensive athlete retirement plan in collaboration with SF&OC. The plan was being followed up with the eight UGC-funded institutions in respect to measures facilitating retired athletes pursuing higher education in Hong Kong. However, no specific time frame was given.

The newly redeveloped HKSI will provide ample space and facilities for full-time athletes to pursue part-time educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the HKSI has offered Enhanced Athletes Educational and Vocational Development Programmes, which provide support services such as educational and vocational workshops and exchange programs. The institute also offers tailor-made coaches training programs through the Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme. That also helps to expand job options for elite athletes after retirement and ensures the sufficient numbers of coaches to support sports development at all levels.

The Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Programme (HKACEP) was officially launched in 2008 by the SF&OC and the HAB. The program has since helped 160 athletes from 36 national sports associations in terms of careers, education and skills trainings.

"An imperative for new sports policy is that it must be combined with education. Young athletes do not need money, they need qualifications," Tang said. "Athletes have a common characteristic: never give up. If they have the chance to study, I am sure they will try their best to catch up and study hard."

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De Gea named in sex scandal

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea on Friday dismissed claims that he organised a party at which women were forced to have sex with footballers.

"I am the first one to be surprised by this report. I deny it, it is false and nothing more, it is a lie and false," De Gea told a press conference at Spain's training base for the European Championship finals.

De Gea said he was "desperate" to take part in Euro 2016 and would not be put off his team duties.

The Eldiario.es news website reported that De Gea and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain were named in the testimony of a "protected witness" as part of an investigation into Spanish porn producer Ignacio Allende.

Better known as Torbe, the producer was detained in April for alleged crimes including heading a prostitution ring, sexual abuse of under-age girls and human trafficking.

The witness reportedly said she and another woman were forced against against their will to participate in a party in 2012 organised by De Gea, in which they both had sex with footballers. They were alleged to be 23-year-old Muniain and another unnamed player, according to Eldiario.es, which published photocopies of the police report.

She did not mention having had sex with De Gea.

De Gea, 25, said the claims were all completely false and his lawyers would be taking action.

"If it is possible it gives me even more strength to be here with the national team," he said. "I have also had great support from my teammates and I am desperate to take part in this Euros.

"It is false what is coming out in the press and it will be in the hands of my lawyers."

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The libido boosting herb

What Is Tongkat Ali?

I first heard about it on the Dr. Oz show. Dr. Oz was super excited to introduce this sexual stimulant to his audience. He said that it works, and it works well!

Tongkat Ali is a root of a tropical tree from Malaysia. It’s sometimes referred to as LONGJACK and proven to boost libido.

Did I just say proven?

Yes, clinically proven for that matter. In fact, when given to the rat population, rats had more sex. More sex and more togetherness. I know we are not even closely related to the rat species, but this study proved the herbs effectiveness.

Tongkat Ali Benefits

This libido boosting herb has been referred to as many things:

“The tree that cures a hundred diseases.”

“Natures Pfizer Blue”

“Asian Pfizer Blue”

With all that said, I knew the benefits list was going to be semi-long!

Energy Booster

Boost Sexual Desire

Erectile Dysfunction

Increase Sexual Desire

Possible Cancer Fighting Agent

Stamina

Increases Sensations

Ups Performance

Gets Blood Flow Moving

Increases Testosterone

So why isn’t everyone taking it, you ask?

Tongkat Ali Side Effects

Tongkat is easily misused. Proper dosage is key to reaping the benefits, and leaving the side affects behind. If you notice any of the following side effects, it’s time to adjust your dosage.

Increased Body Temperature

Restlessness

Agressive Behavior

Irritable

What Can you do the prevent this? Start small, more is not necessarily better. The recommended dose is 100mg/day for men and 80mg/day for women. Make sure you cycle on and off this herb. Such as, 2 days on 1 day off.

Skip all coffees and teas and go straight to the extracts. Pure Tongkat Ali Extract is the most potent form of the herb. Be sure that the company discloses the ratio to you and that the supplier gets it from Indonesia!

Some libido herbs start working after a few weeks, however, LongJack begins to work after 3 days! Yes, my husband noticed a difference in as little as 5 days. Really truly unbelievable for a libido herb.

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