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  1. Interview with State Senator Gabriella Beltran BY VALERIA ANDREEVA Los Santos, SA - On 24th November 2021, Valeria Andreeva conducted an interview with State Senator Gabriella Beltran. This is the written version of the interview which was held on air, in the LSNN studio. Valeria Andreeva and Gabriella Beltran in the LSNN studio Valeria Andreeva: Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. You're watching an exclusive interview with Senator Gabriella Beltran, representative of District 26 and a member of the Republican Caucus. Senator Beltran, good to have you here with us tonight! Please, introduce yourself to our audience. Gabriella Beltran: Thank you Miss. Andreeva, as you said I am Gabriella Beltran Republican Senator of District 26. I am a Los Santos native and just a down-to-earth person, really. I am very social and I love interacting in the community in any way that I can. Valeria Andreeva: As expected of a Senator. Before we proceed with the pressing matters, our audience would like to know a little more about you. Our sources tell us you are quite young, yes? What is the motivation behind the decision to become such an important figure within politics? Gabriella Beltran: I am one of the younger Senators to hold a chair. I didn't start out life saying I am going to be an important person. I was attending school for criminal Law and Policy, looking to become a prosecutor. I was introduced to the Senate a while back and quickly took an interest in the political aspect of government. I have always wanted to make a difference, I feel like taking this step in my career will allow me to do so on a larger volume. Valeria Andreeva: Let's talk politics. Senator Beltran, can you share your thoughts about the recent bill about the marriage act and the circumstances around it? Gabriella Beltran: I assure you are speaking about the recent one that caused a rather debate on the chamber’s floor. I believe that there are some wording choices that need to be adjusted. I also believe that there is some vagueness that needs to be cleared regarding the physical assets of a deceased. I mean, between the two Caucuses we can come to an agreement to get it passed. Valeria Andreeva: Well. Through the marriage act bill, the Republicans introduced an amendment to repeal the death penalty act. How do you personally feel about the entire endeavor and what's your stance on it? Gabriella Beltran: That is a great question, as you are aware I was one of the Democrats that had voted for abolishing the death penalty. When it comes to that particular act I guess I am bi-partisan to the fullest. I can see both positives and negatives from both parties. It was a difficult decision, I never want to see a crime punished by death, but I also believe there are some crimes that are unforgivable. I guess that would be my stance, a hung jury so to speak. Valeria Andreeva: As you said, some crimes are unforgivable. Do you feel like the punishment for those aforementioned crimes is just, in that case, with the absence of the death penalty? Gabriella Beltran: In my opinion, life imprisonment with no chance of parole would be much worse than the death penalty. Valeria Andreeva: Fair point, Miss Beltran. Moving on, let's talk about poverty. I've come to learn that you're very passionate about poverty-struck societies. I've concluded a lot of investigations revolving around it and I have my speculations. What's the importance of tackling crime to help communities stricken by poverty, given the connections between poverty and crime? Considering poverty is one of the leading forces when it comes to violence and crimes. Gabriella Beltran: I agree that tackling crime is the first way of helping those poverty-stricken areas. I feel like increasing punishments for crimes, making the earlier crimes more of an impact, is something that makes a statement. Not to mention looking to increase employment opportunities, give the people a positive to focus on. Working hard to rebuild the economy, being proactive in the youth, giving jobs. Helping is what we need to do. Valeria Andreeva: Many of the people living in those poverty-stricken neighborhoods are homeless, specifically young people. And we all know how deadly and cold the streets can be. The increase of employment opportunities would surely benefit the cause, but do you feel like it would somehow encourage those homeless people to seize these opportunities? Many of them likely won’t be given the chance. Gabriella Beltran: I have some things at work to help motivate the homeless to feel confident in seizing the opportunities. Offering a resumes seminar, or working with the local university to open their facilities for a warm shower to help jump start those days. Nothing is in stone or in writing, like I said these are future things I want to accomplish. Valeria Andreeva: I came to learn about a-- [Valeria checks one of the papers on the table.] --Hanukkiah resolution. Is that your most recent movement? Gabriella Beltran: That is a resolution I am working on, I have already submitted a resolution to observe Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as state-wide observed holidays. That one is still pending a committee hearing. Valeria Andreeva: To conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to add, Miss Beltran? Gabriella Beltran: I just want to conclude with that I am very appreciative of the opportunity to help San Andreas in any way that I can. I look forward to learning and growing. Thank you, Valeria. Valeria Andreeva: Thank you for being with us tonight. > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  2. Evening News - October 19th, 2021 BY LSNN Los Santos, SA - On October 19th 2021, Brianna Campbell conducted the evening news. This is a recording of the broadcast. Brianna Campbell in the studio Brianna Campbell: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the evening news on LSNN. I'm Brianna Campbell. Brianna Campbell: Local News. The Court of Appeal has delivered the verdict in the appeal for the case of the State versus Police Officer Vincenzo B. Brianna Campbell: In his verdict, Judge Knight stated: "B. was blocking a road for a law enforcement purpose", and thus acting in his best capacity using force lawfully. As such, the Superior Court judgment was overruled, as so Judge Knight, "a lawful use of force can not result in Neglect of Duty and Discharging a Firearm in Public under the necessity clause." Brianna Campbell: B. is a free man following this and expected to return to his duties as Police Officer soon. Brianna Campbell: On further news regarding the case, Cyril Regas, acting attorney for B. and District Attorney Melanie Cromwell officially filed their own appeals regarding Judge Marshall's controversial verdict of sentencing them for Contempt of Court- LSNN reported. Brianna Campbell: More on these topics on our Court Observer show later this week. Brianna Campbell: After the shooting at Fantasia Hall on sunday with one dead and three suspects deceased, the other shooting victims are reportedly on the way to recovery. Brianna Campbell: The rumored shutdown of the event hall apparently was turned down, securing the Halloween Party to take place in time on the 31st. Preparations are on their way, with Fantasia staying closed this week regardless. Brianna Campbell: As for the weather, tonight we currently have 64 degrees in downtown with a clear sky and no rain in sight. Brianna Campbell: This was Brianna Campbell with the evening news for LSNN, thank you for watching and have a good night, ladies and gentlemen. > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  3. Evening News - October 18th, 2021 BY LSNN Los Santos, SA - On October 18th 2021, Brianna Campbell conducted the evening news. This is a recording of the broadcast. Brianna Campbell in the studio Brianna Campbell: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the evening news on LSNN. I'm Brianna Campbell. Brianna Campbell: Local news. A tragic shooting overshadowed yesterday's one year anniversary party of the popular society hub Fantasia Event Hall. According to witnesses, shots were fired in front of the crowded establishment at approximately ten-twenty four. [VIDEO: A very blurry video recorded with a phone is shown, displaying a blonde man in a jogging suit, being fired upon several times from a short distance. Other men, supposed security guards, return fire. After two more men get shot, the recorder seeks cover.] Brianna Campbell: The initial shooting caused one death at the scene, with two more men being transported to Pillbox Medical by the Fire Department. According to witnesses, the initial fight started inside the building, with the shooting in front being alleged "retaliation" for this. Brianna Campbell: The police confirmed three suspects to be shot on the run, rumors speak of Fantasia Hall being shut down for the foreseeable future as it is not the first such incident at the establishment- LSNN reported. Brianna Campbell: Whether a shooting in front of a nightclub will actually leads to its closure is doubtable, however. Brianna Campbell: "I used to pride myself running the safest establishment in the city", so a seemingly devastated Lizzy Summers, Fantasia's Manager, told LSNN, while also thanking the authorities for their quick and decisive action. Brianna Campbell: Fantasia's owner, Dante Ricci, had the following to say- "Violence isn’t something new in Los Santos... But right now… I don’t think I’ve ever seen it get as bad as it is now. I mean, hell, Lizzy and I had guns pointed at us when we were out in the middle of the water on our boat. Frankly, I'm embarrassed for my city." Brianna Campbell: Moving on to politics. The State treasurer's office publish the September spending report the other week. Almost twenty six million dollars have been distributed. [A pie chart shows how it's split up, as well as the exact total amount: 25,599,593;- $] Brianna Campbell: The Lion's share of which went to the Courts and the Port Authority. Particularly the former's performance has been heavily criticized from various sides the past months, reaching from the petition to make DA Melanie Cromwell resign up to the controversy about excluding the public from the court. Brianna Campbell: Education with a total of zero point three percent spending makes a sad last in the city's budget. Brianna Campbell: As for the weather, tonight it is sunny and clear with currently sixty five degrees in downtown. No rain is expected. Brianna Campbell: This was Brianna Campbell with the evening news for LSNN, thank you for watching and have a good night, ladies and gentlemen. > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  4. Former gang member says: "Hunger is the biggest killer out there." BY VALERIA ANDREEVA Los Santos, SA - Gang violence is something that Los Santos is fairly familiar with. It’s not a recent and sudden problem that we only now just face, but a reoccurring one. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas. Gang violence is a deeply rooted problem that’s vastly spread across the many impoverished communities that reside in Los Santos. This problem not only significantly affects and concerns the youth involved, but has adverse effects tainting the community: abnormal levels of substance abuse, active and primarily organized crimes, gun battles, and psychological abuse. With gang violence come side effects, such as gender-based violence. I studied the crime scene of Los Santos, dwelled into the past records and spoke to people who’ve been in the city for long enough to provide me with adequate feedback and valuable insight. In my investigation, I explore the intricate connection between the struggle for superiority amidst gangs, the marginalized young people in them, the gender-based violence, and the ideology behind the gangs. With the absence of opportunities, and sometimes the lack of motivation from young people, many turn to the crime scene: a path that many are willing to walk, often lured in by the false promises of easy wealth and the subordination of others. With the lack of socio-economic opportunities, cultural and recreational facilities, jobs, other economic opportunities and networking, people turn to gang life. Gangs rely of violence to dominate and reign over other gangs that are seen as potential rivals, all in order to maintain their positions as “superior” men in these loose communities. Let’s dwell into the origin of gangs. Historically, gangs formed in the local urban residential areas, who are notoriously known for underdevelopment, abnormally high levels of poverty, and minimum law presence - or complete lack, thereof. The city is the field, and every region in it is a garden - both taken care of by the city’s government and law. The social communities that form in the areas are the seeds that are planted - some gardens bloom peacefully whilst being taken care of very carefully, whilst others get infested by thorns, or poison ivy - namely, gangs. My investigation highlights that high levels of violence are the only method of proving a member’s “worth” and “masculinity” - the last one being a trait that’s a separate topic. The link that I highlight is that the young boys who have yet to mature, in the face of marginalisation and complete social exclusion, firmly believe that the only alternative to prove themselves in their community as “real” men is through violence. Indulging in illegal pursuit is also the easiest and most convenient method to gain wealth - not always successful. After my broad search for people involved or no longer involved in gangs, I came across a man who was willing to share his story with me after a long process of convincing him. A man that is now retired and wishes to forget the grim past that follows him. Under complete anonymity, I’ll share our conversation. I’ll be referring to myself as VA, and using the initials AN for the other. VA: So, when did you come to Los Santos? Or were you born here? AN: Born in the state. Came to Los Santos years ago. Joined my second gang here. VA: What’s the motive behind joining a gang? Were you forced, was it spontaneous or was it a last resort? AN: Last resort. Either that or hoping to grab food from the dumpsters before the trucks throw ‘em away. Life forced me. Been part of a few gangs here. Can’t tell you names or anything. VA: So, what’s it like to be in a gang? What are the pros and cons, delicately put? If there are any, that is. AN: Hah. You become a man and your skin gets thick. You get money, most of the time. Hunger is the biggest killer out there, lady. You don’t have many options to battle it when you live on the streets. Bad thing is, you never make it out of that life, or rarely make it out alive. You know too much. VA: What were your gangs like? Did they have any women in them? AN: Naw. Most of ‘em didn’t. Ain't nobody want extra baggage to carry around, and women ain’t built for that life. All gangs do the same shit. Robberies, contrabands, selling drugs and shi’, gang wars. You know the drill. You know, women were used as revenge when it came to gang wars. You’d shoot or kidnap someone’s gal’ to get their attention and to get some power over ‘em.” VA: So, women weren’t in the gangs you were in, but they were used as weapons and caught in the crossfire? AN: Could say, yeah. If weapons and guns don’t turn the tide in a gang’s favor in a war, having a woman who sleeps with a member of the enemy gang sure did. Been there, done it. Otherwise, women ain’t good for anything else in gangs but ransoms. Imagine this. You’s a gang member. How do we get your attention and hurt you? We break you by touchin’ your girl, daughter, wife, whatever. VA: So how does a gang member prove himself? AN: By showing you is a real man. By dominating others and showing them you ain’t a joke. You feel like a real man when your gang’s powerful and known in all the hoods of the city. Really hard for a young man to do it. VA: So it’s about power and hierarchy. Displaying these so-called powers on the streets to intimidate others and be the “alpha”. AN: Somethin’ like that. And controlling hoods and areas of the city. There’s territories. Sellin’ drugs and trespassing in ours meant war. All you think about is the end goal and all the money, power, and control. Can’t be weak and chicken out once you’re in it either. You’s just gonna get shot and dumped somewhere where you’ll never get found. Gangs members are hitmen. VA: What about insights? How do you learn what the other gangs are up to? AN: You don’t. Sometimes, when you’re lucky, your gang’s prostitutes get you some info they learn. VA: So gangs have pimps and own prostitutes? AN: Yeah. Women are mostly weapons that cause some wars. VA: Let’s look into the broader picture of the crime scene. The mafia. AN: I ain’t looking at any of that. VA: Were the crimes you and your gang committed organized? AN: Always. Never sloppy n’ messy. Except for the people that got robbed. Never planned, just made sure the moment’s right, nobody ever snitched when they got caught by the pigs either. VA: Pigs? AN: Cops, lady. VA: Do you feel like they monitored the areas where gangs were usually about? The hoods. AN: They did, yeah. Just not good at it. The conversation concludes here. The speaker did not wish to indulge further, nor to share other exclusive information with me - although, this is enough as it is and only highlights my investigation. The conducted interview introduces similar, if not even more broad elaborations on how violent and grim of a picture gangs truly are. Poverty is a harsh teacher that forces the human mind to work in questionable ways and adapt to chaos. Femininity and weakness are eliminated from gangs at first notice - women are but mere tools and weapons they use, although more valuable than they’d like to admit. Gender-based violence is another highlight. Women cannot be involved in gangs due to the weakness they’re stereotyped with, but they’re in the midst of two clashing storms. It leads me to a previous article of mine - a woman’s beauty causes and solves wars. Yet, they’re seen as weak and incapable. During my conversations with other people that I’ve contacted to contribute to my research, even the anonymous speaker identified the norms of being masculine, powerful, and violent as the defining factors of being “on the top” and the key to survival on the streets. Gangs are all about power and hierarchy, a whole separate lifestyle - one, that teaches the members how to assert their manhood. In the end, we call it toxic masculinity. After the interview, I spoke to various young people I encountered on the streets of Los Santos - all unemployed. They ranged from 20 to 27 years old. I asked them how they felt about the unemployment and how they felt about the urban places in the city and what are the motives behind joining gangs, from their perspectives. Their answers varied, but in the end, they all concluded the same - poverty and hunger are the leading motives, especially powerful ones when accompanied by the lack of motivation for self-improvement. The thought of easy money tempts everyone, but some cannot resist the devil’s temptation and are willing to go far and beyond for it. Gangs “emasculate” men and only then, they callous their skin, whilst constructing and helping them practice that masculinity by promoting violence and usage of drug substances. The impact from it reflects on Los Santos on a daily basis. Robberies, violent shootouts, and drug contrabands occur every day. Their activities are even depicted on FaceBrowser, by an association called Hood Tapez - on their platform, they deliver news from the “hood”. Recently, they published video footage of several men consuming substances, but the highlight of the video is that a homeless man is made to participate. The moral of this video proves a highlighted point - poverty allows the mind to operate in unorthodox ways. The men in the video have already been “emasculated” by the hood. They’ve adapted to the chaotic lifestyle. They’ve toughened up. The video depicts them indulging in forbidden substances as they are making another person participat - which on its own, is atrocious. "Downtown #MMB members make a homeless man smoke a perc 30! Thoughts? Let us know in the comments!" Can anything be done about them? Likely not. The gangs are a matrix - and if a matrix is to be destroyed, its core must be removed. And in this case, the core is poverty. > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  5. Online prostitution: Are pimps thriving? BY VALERIA ANDREEVA Los Santos, SA - Prostitution exists in many shapes and forms, and as of recent, the most convenient way to pursue such services is through the internet. With the ample opportunities provided by the internet, the prostitution industry has branched out. Today's pimps are avoiding police detection by using hidden addresses, underground websites, and even the popular Facebrowser website. Nowadays, technology has reshaped the contours of prostitution, with a high percentage of its sales now occurring online. Just like shopping, you go online and browse through these agencies' platforms. You scroll through the pictures, find the perfect candidate, click a button to message and the deal is sealed. Romantic? Perhaps not. But it sure is efficient and convenient. These services are much more convenient for men to buy sex from, but they leave the women in equal danger than they normally would on the streets - if not more, given the fact that malicious Johns are harder to track over the internet. The advertisements are deceptive, at first, hiding the solicitation under the auspices of a date, massage, or paid company, for example. In their promotions, the pimps are often disingenuous, but apparent and evident. Most of them use the platform that Facebrowser provides; it's free, fast, reliable, and allegedly safe, judging by the abundance of escort companies that advertise daily, somehow avoiding the attention of Los Santos' authorities. Two of the many escorting agencies that operate through Facebrowser (Source: Facebrowser) As depicted in the images, it's quite palpable what sort of services these agencies provide. After a glance, one can quickly speculate it. Many of the pictures of women that are posted on these profiles have their faces included in, or partially - which brings us to question whether the authorities of Los Santos are even moderating and hunting this industry. After all, sex work, to this day, is illegal in the state of San Andreas. Dwelling further, one of the advertisements that sought to attract potential future workers is deemed quite alarming. In the context of the advertisement's phrasing, the word 'young' is underlined for the sake of casting the importance on it. In an orthodox spectrum and a normal reality, the words 'young' and 'escort' don't belong together, in any context. It is utterly appalling and revolting to even consider, not to mention to even endorse young women to prostitute. After dwelling into the matter further, I searched for people who have pursued the wares the online market of prostitution provides for its buyers and they gave me their insight, after guaranteeing their anonymity. I will be referring to myself as VA, and I'll be labeling the anonymous speaker as AN in the following interviews. VA: You told me you often enjoy the services from both forms of prostitution. The one online and the one you find on the streets. What's the difference? AN: Very different. Y'know. Street prostitutes are cheap and the experience is come and go. Those pretty escort girls you find online hit different, though. They're real expensive, but most of the time, it's worth it. You pay for their company and a good night, not only for the s*x. No difference in the last thing, though - you do what you want, so long as you pay for it. VA: So it's more of an exclusive service. What about the women there? Are they more mature, or young? AN: Both, I think? The ones I've been with have been of legal age on the younger side. VA: Is there someone accompanying those girls? You know, just like the ones from the streets - their pimps are around the corners and watching them. AN: Sometimes, yeah. It's the same, always someone around the corner or escorting them to the place. VA: Have you ever faced any legal consequences after purchasing a woman's time from the internet? You know prostitution is illegal in the state. AN: Nah, not with the ones from the agencies. No one can tell. As insinuated by the brief interview, it's proven that this form of prostitution is far more 'safe' than the one we're accustomed to on the streets. These agencies hide behind a veil of legitimacy, whilst selling out women. That, by itself, proves the initial point that pimps are thriving beneath the surface of the iceberg that is the internet. After all, we only see the shape of the iceberg that is above the water. One can only ponder what swims beneath. VA: Do you find any difference between the girls you can meet through the internet and the ones you can get from the streets? AN: Definitely. Ones from the streets are the ones you can do just about anything, no limits. It's the same with the ones from the internet, but there's /some/ etiquette. VA: Etiquette? Can you be more objective? AN: Well, uh. Ones from the internet are more.. refined. They're more classy. Gotta treat them properly. You still pay, though. So anything goes. VA: Do you feel like the girls on the internet are younger and if yes, how young would you say? AN: Younger, for sure. They're not raggedy like the ones from the streets. I can't speak in numbers, but definitely way younger. VA: Legal, you think? AN: I hope so. Age isn't something of importance when hiring the company of a youthful woman from the internet. If she's there, she has to be legal, right? What an absurd notion. It's absurd that this industry operates so freely. The internet is very lucrative and thus, benefits a higher profit for the pimps. With all of this taken in mind, one's curiosity arises about the legal consequences that these agencies should be facing, but they're not. Would targeting prostitution change anything? Perhaps not. Prostitution is like a cockroach - it always survives and comes back, no matter how efficient the termination is. The girls working in this industry aren't safe just because they work 'indoors'. They aren't. Safe are the predators and hustlers that are meeting with them with the same intentions, with the difference that they look like normal people who attend medical school and have formal ties. And of course, especially safe under the protection of the internet, which seems poorly moderated as it is. > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  6. LSNN’s new President: "I always fought for the betterment of the company, and that agenda will remain." BY LSNN Los Santos, SA - On October 4, LSNN’s president, Mia Adler, stepped down from her post willingly and bid her farewells with the company. Miss Adler bestowed her seat to Mitsuki Asano, who previously worked for LSNN as a Divisional Manager and HR. The reasoning behind Mia Adler’s departure remains confidential. LSNN is happy to introduce Mitsuki Asano, the new President. Professional and resolute, Mitsuki Asano operated in Divisional Management and HR - maintaining the satisfactory level that LSNN had. President Asano now strives to improve LSNN’s structure and build, and complete what the previous managements have already started. Newly seated, Miss Asano already brings her future plans to reality and slowly, but surely adjusts to her newly-acquired seat. LSNN President, Mitsuki Asano “My motives and views remain the same. I always fought for the betterment of the company, and that agenda will remain. What I will strive to accomplish is... Well, I want this journey to be safe and sound for everyone involved.” “With our combined effort, I deem that no obstacle will be problematic for us. And that success, well, that’s inevitable. There are major plans afoot, and I’m honored that I’ve been given the opportunity to fight these battles among all of you; together!” “Improvement won’t even come willingly. For that, communication and co-operation are essential. I want to make our audience know that LSNN will always be there for them and that their trust is our utmost priority. Reliable. And I want to let the citizens of Los Santos know that they can always rely on that we’ll bring accurate information out there for them. Be it political, educational, entertainment. Or other branches that we tend to investigate and research. Your right to know!” Stated President Mitsuki Asano, regarding her motives and goals about the future of LSNN. Mitsuki Asano promises improvement, reliability, and a broader aspect of success to come to LSNN under her leadership. She promises to forge and build connections, link ties, and continue to provide Los Santos’ citizens with quality content in various spectrums. Los Santos News Network has been and still is the leading News Network in San Andreas. With a new leadership, the LSNN team is looking to keep on the hard work and keep delivering with an improved quality. > Comments are enabled. Username: Comment:
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  8. Username: ValeriaAndreeva Comment: John is the man that this woman was sold to. I don’t see where Turkish people are slandered in this article, sir. I’ve only quoted this woman’s EXACT words.
  9. Username: ValeriaAndreeva Comment: Addiction isn't an easy thing to overcome and get over, it's a battle that many people clearly lose. Although, I agree with some parts. Legalizing prostitution likely wont be in the favour of the practitioners, but rather benefit the people behind the curtains.
  10. A sex worker's confession: "Los Santos isn't safe." BY VALERIA ANDREEVA The beauty of a woman has been the cause of wars, and it has been worshiped since ancient times. It is the desire to own it, to control it, that has made the human race devolve into an unrecognizable, repulsive mess of cruelty, brutality, and violence. I met with a lady whom I’ll call Alice, for the sake of respecting her anonymity. We met at a club through a mutual friend; she was a mature woman, mid-thirties. We discussed trending topics about Los Santos, spoke about our past, and laughed. I was surprised when she told me what she does for a living; I would’ve never guessed. I told her I was a journalist and that only piqued her interest Alice told me she was a prostitute, and even a “veteran” at it, as she so delicately put it with a chuckle. In the following evening, I pried into Alice’s life and she agreed to tell her story. Alice comes from France and came to America when she was eighteen, now being at the age of thirty-six. She takes splendid care of herself; ebony hair, delicate posture, beautiful complexion, and azure eyes; dewy, sorrowful eyes that betray a grim past. Alice and I disconnected from the world as we sat in a local pub. It was dimly lit, serene and quiet. The only noise was the silent chattering of the people inside and the subtle jazz music that enchanted the atmosphere. Alice wanted to share her story, and I gave her the chance. I listened to her and looked into her past, and I found myself utterly shocked. Alice introduced me to her family’s background shortly; she wasn’t very uncomfortable talking about it and couldn’t meet my gaze when we spoke of it. Alice's story begins when she was eighteen and sold to a wealthy man by her father, destined to marry. Shortly after their honeymoon was over, Alice was forced to prostitute and sell her body to complete strangers. “During dinner once, shortly before I had turned eighteen, my father, who was turkish and believed in old traditions, told me that he’s sold me to an arranged marriage type of deal. My mother and I were shocked-- no, that’s an understatement. No words could describe how my mother and I felt--.. how I felt, knowing that I was sold to a complete stranger. My mother desperately tried to talk him out of it, even threatened him with divorce, contacting authorities and whatnot; he didn’t relent. My father was a big, tall and bearish man. He didn’t take no for an answer. That was the first time money bought me. My heart sunk.” As Alice’s story unfolded and dwelled into the depths of her past, her emotions fluttered out of her; she describes herself as a frigid, cold, and distant person, saying that emotions are for the weak. But reminiscing about the beginning of her tragedy brought tears to her eyes, which only told me that everything she’s experienced was buried deep inside of her and she kept burying it deeper and deeper. Her facade dropped. She told me about her arranged marriage and the man she wed, whom I’ll call John in this story. “I married a Turkish man. He had the same crazed flames dancing in his deep hazel eyes, just like my dad did. He was part of his circle and they knew each other personally and very well at that. The wedding trial was pure suffering, as far as I remember. I have completely blocked out that day from my memory, so I can’t go into details about it. We moved to Mexico after the wedding. We lived in a big, fancy mansion- but it felt empty. I didn’t feel at home there and I wanted to leave and considered it many times. But I didn’t, because I was scared. John was uncomfortably calm, very refined, and well-mannered. He came from a wealthy family. The first month with him was quiet and I endured it with ease, but things got progressively worse after it.” Alice paused after this; she needed a moment to collect herself and gather her thoughts. This is when a new chapter opens in her story; a chapter of misery, suffering, and abuse. Her husband, or rather pimp, begins to force her into sex work along with other women from his secret affairs. Broken and bridled, Alice’s mentality shatters to pieces and what we consider shocking and describe as a repulsive lifestyle, is a normal reality for her. Domestic violence, drug overdoses, physical and mental abuse were only some of the things she experienced in her youth. Things that not many people could handle and survive, Alice suffered through them. “We barely spoke. His English was not good, but good enough for basic communication. He told me about the plans he had for me and that if I try to run away or seek help, I won’t like the outcome. I was a girl of eighteen, fragile and scared. Could I really oppose a man twice my size? I surely tried, and that’s one of the many times where he beat me senselessly after using me. When night came, one of his men dressed me scantly and very cheaply. Cougar print everything; heels, skirt, and corset. Those were the clothes that my clients knew me for. Every night, one of his men drove me around clubs, shady corners, and clients’ houses. John booked me with clients. At least ten per night. They liked that I was young. I always put up a fight beforehand, hoping that someone would help me. That only enthralled them. Some of the men were gentle, some were brutal. I was unlucky to get more of the second ones, sadly. I did not know that men enjoyed broken women. I only thought that John did, but I was wrong. Every night, I came ‘home’ bruised and bloodied, with my makeup smudged. I looked awful- I looked like the women I always despised. I was one of those women, now- one of those cheap, senseless women. John collected the money I made every night, not even giving me a penny. And of course, every following night that I was working, he was the last one to use me. I was at the bottom and I was only digging deeper. I became a drug addict. I couldn’t lose myself any further.” I listened and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, but I did. Alice couldn’t be any more sincere and genuine than she already was. Her eyes were dewy and watered, and her voice was constantly cracking and on the verge of breaking; a sound that gave me goosebumps. Alices showed me many of the scars scattered along her body; slices, deep cuts, and primarily, cigarette burns. Some men used her as an ashtray, she told me. I could not muster any questions back to her. Alice was an open book and continued narrating her story. After lighting up a cigarette and sticking it between her crimson-painted lips, she continued. “This continued for twelve years. Until I was thirty. I had grown used to this lifestyle and I learned how to slither low to avoid John’s violence. He had tamed me, he told all of his friends. I didn’t stop thinking about leaving him during all those years, though. But I couldn’t, not without getting as close as I could to him. He learned to trust me, and even let me manage his flock of concubines. Although, he still continued to sell me on the streets frequently; to the most disgusting men I’ve ever met. You know, I’ve actually been with -thousands- of men. Anyway, he trusted me, and that was all I wanted. We had stopped sleeping in the same bed after our marriage, but after all these years, he occasionally allowed me in his bed after he was done with me. We were still legally married at that point and we attended places together. We were at this club, me and him, along with his group of men. They were all pimps, by the way, accompanied by their workers. To this day, I still recall how a fight broke between three of the men that ended up distracting them all. I was carrying heroin and cocaine in my purse, as always, along with some other things. I carried it because I either sold it or took it myself. I don’t know how I got the courage, but I remember dumping a package of cocaine and another package of heroin in his drink. He always drank whiskey and was constantly drunk, so he couldn’t really make out the difference in color or texture. My heart was racing, and when I tell you this, I mean it was about to explode. The pig was greedy enough and drank his remaining drink at once. He always had health issues and specifically, heart problems. He rarely took drugs because he couldn’t handle them. He had a seizure and an ambulance took him to the ER. He died from overdosing. That was my chance and I took it. I and another one of his girls ran that same night. Some of the men followed us everywhere, even here. ” Alice paused here. The tears were no more, nor was the cracking of her voice. I assumed the story ends here- expecting a happily ever after, just like in a fairytale. Although, I knew her story didn’t conclude there. “I was thirty when I ended up in the state of San Andreas. Five years there, in different cities, I was somewhat lost. I had grown so used to a specific lifestyle that I couldn’t live in different circumstances. No money, no drugs, nothing- just emptiness. All I had was my body and my freedom. And I did what I was taught. I sold my body, letting money buy me for God knows how many times more. Prostituting, nearly overdosing, and almost getting killed by clients. I knew I wasn’t worth much.” Those five years passed for Alice, living with the same habits she once had. She is a drug addict and a sex worker. Money buys her and continues to do so. She was ‘satisfied’ back then. That brings us to now. I asked Alice about Los Santos and how she ended up here. “I still prostitute and sell myself. I’ve been here for a year and a half, so far. Los Santos is a big city with a lot of people. You’d be surprised at what goes around and who does what. Many of the people have clean public images, but they don’t want you to know what happens behind the curtains. A lot of people know them, but not many know what they do. It’s the same for me. Many know me, but they don’t know this and why I do it. I was owned by a pimp here too. I worked for him for a while, under similar circumstances. He was a monster. But he’s dead now, for good. Although, during the time that I worked for him, it was equally bad. I'll call him Daneiel. Daniel was involved in the mafia and all sorts of affairs. He stayed low, but people knew him. He did a lot of money laundering and drug trafficking. Even I sold drugs for him. It was a similar situation, and I couldn't really leave or seek help, since I would likely not be here if I did. He let clients do whatever they want to me and some other girls. A lot of men from my past are here, and they know I’m here too. And there are men that have similar intentions towards women here, but they’re very low and ones that people wouldn’t suspect. I will go about this in-depth, but I don’t want the following included.” After Alice told me about her experience in Los Santos, it made me wonder. We are familiar with the nightlife of Los Santos, but what else does it hold? I had another question and I asked about prostitution in Los Santos. “You don’t see them often, do you? Not many do. But prostitutes exist in Los Santos, they’re everywhere. The majority of dancers in clubs? Prostitutes. Some have pimps, some don’t- but they’ll end up getting themselves one if they’re not careful enough. Some of the girls I've met work on their own, just to make some extra money on the side. Most have pimps, though. Are we safe? I don't think so. I know many girls who sell themselves, just like I do. You just have to be cautious. I know there was a bill about legalizing sex workers, but I don’t know more about it. Los Santos isn’t a safe city for women who sell themselves, whether by choice or force. At all." Alice paused here. It’s a rarity, but I was at a loss for words; I didn’t know if I was shocked, pitiful, or remorseless. After asking her if she had any last words, she smiled. “Life exists, even after this much damage and trauma. There is life after people have told you that you belong nowhere, that you are nothing, that you are worthless, and that you will never mean anything. No one deserves to be sold against their will, be it man or woman. I will probably will never recover. Don’t be afraid to seek help, girls. Do it before it’s too late.” Alice claimed that many women work in this trade, but so far I’ve only found one more from the industry, despite my efforts to find more, but allegedly, they're all around us. As pointed out, they’re careful and tip-toe their way around. Alice told me in-depth about her story so far in Los Santos, but she asked me not to include it in this article, otherwise I would be compromising her safety. The bill that Alice addressed wasn’t successful, lacking the necessary votes to pass and take power. Prostitution is the most ancient profession known to mankind, and it is surely practiced in Los Santos; but to what extent? Prostitution is illegal in Los Santos and the dangers of it are numerous, as Alice told me. The prostitution market in Los Santos is grim and shady and often involves affairs other than women selling their bodies, such as drug trafficking. The story of Alice; a girl sold to an arranged marriage by her money-hungry father, against her will. A woman that was forced to sell her dignity, soul, and body for nothing. A woman that is broken beyond repair. If you have a story from Los Santos that you wish to share under complete anonymity, contact me. > Comments are enabled. Username: Comment:
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  12. Detestation towards Police units at Pitchers BY VALERIA ANDREEVA Los Santos, SA - September 15, Downtown Vinewood. At the prime hour of the night, a scene occurred in Pitchers, located at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Alta Street. A concert was canceled and the party-goers were expelled and forced into submission with a flashbang. The club hosted a local Skinhead band, but while they were performing on stage, things got violent. Events hosted by rock bands bring casualties on the usual, and this one did not fall behind. Mosh pits were formed and the audience, under the heavy influence of alcohol got violent. The commotion arose after insults and slurs were openly shouted at an allegedly transgender person, said one of the witnesses present at the scene. The police were supposedly notified about the situation by a person present at the club and they swiftly arrived at the location to investigate. Two officers entered the club and their presence was met with immediate violence. A person from the crowd swung for one of the officers and the crowd chanted, “Fuck the police! Kill the police!”, souring the atmosphere further. After calling for backup, a dozen of riot units quickly joined the scene and the group assembled a formation, blocking the club. The scene didn't conclude there. The audience opposed the officers and the riot units, retaliating back with verbal aggression, threats, and hatred towards the people in uniform. “So, skinhead band, performing their songs on stage. Plenty of mosh pits, it is a rock band, you know. So, all the skinheads join in the mosh pit, someone must have reported it or something. Two cops show to see what's going on, someone swings for the cops, as you do. Everyone is yelling fuck police, kill police. There's a stand-off, then they take it outside to see the whole LSPD here, lining up. The place got shut down by the police. Skinhead Nazis, shouting white power.” Told LSNN one of the witnesses at the scene. Surprisingly, no injured people were reported. The police units were met with burning hatred and public detestation from both the band and the audience for disrupting the acclaimed ‘peaceful’ spectacle and actuating their job. “These people risk their life on a daily basis, they deserve at least basic respect! No one deserves to be told to kill themselves and no one should endure slurs like these. It’s inhumane and degrading.” Stated another witness of the scene. > Comments are enabled. Username: Comment:
  13. Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Charity Car Wash Event BY VALERIA ANDREEVA Los Santos, SA - On September 16, at the Del Perro Pier ULSA’s sorority hosted yet another charity event. This time, funding Pillbox’s maternal ward. Alpha Delta Pi sorority are renowned for their bikini car washing events that fund different departments, primarily focusing to help out women. During this event, the pier was packed with people and everyone was having a splendid time. The girls were working with sincere and genuine smiles, motivated by the noble cause they’re supporting. We spoke to the sorority’s president, Camille Villard, who was beaming with joy during the brief, although very elaborative interview we had. For this interview, our journalist will be referring to herself as VA and Camille Villard as CV. - VA: How did you join the sorority? CV: Well, as you can probably tell, I am an exchange student. When I came here to Los Santos, I did not have so many friends, so when Alpha Delta Pi announced they were recruiting, I thought it would be a good chance to make some friends. And it was! Most of my best friends are sisters in Alpha Delta Pi! VA: And here you are now! President of Alpha Delta Pi! How does that feel like? CV: Oh, fantastic! It is something special, to carry on a legacy that stretches all the way back to 1851! It is a lot of responsibility to manage a chapter, but you also get to do fun things, like most these sorts of events! VA: Lovely words, Miss Villard. Sororities are known to have a sentimental value above everything else. What’s the most important thing about Alpha Delta Pi? CV: Well, there are sort of two things. For individual sisters, the most important thing is that your sisters come before anything and everything. We are there for each other when we need help, and there is never bad blood between sisters. For the sorority as a whole, it is very important to us to, as let us be honest, relatively affluent people, to give back to the community with philanthropy and charity. - The interview got interrupted here by the sorority’s members, who collectively tuned in for a few pictures. After the session of photo shooting, our interview resumed, and Camille Villard continued with the same enthusiasm as before. - VA: Can you tell me more about the bikini car wash charity events and the motivation behind them? CV: Well, it is fairly simple! We wanted a way to raise money regularly, and we figured a bikini car wash struck a nice balance between being fun and profitable. And we were right! We regularly make more than one hundred thousand per event! Today we even had a pregnant woman come by and show her support for us raising money for the Pillbox maternal ward! VA: Noble cause, really. And an entertaining and enjoyable way to go about it. Can you tell me about the past events that Alpha Delta Pi has done? CV: Well, we have done several events this year. I think our biggest one last year was for Hope Health Center! This year we have also raised money to help raise awareness of and fight domestic abuse. In general, we want to focus on women's issues with our fundraisers, and the maternal ward is a very worthy cause for this! VA: Women supporting women. Society needs more people like the sorority’s members! One last thing: I know that the sorority hosts these charity events quite often. Is there an event that Los Santos should be looking forward to or is there nothing planned yet? CV: Well, in terms of charity events, we have nothing planned for the next little while. But, at some point, we would like to host a larger charity event! - The girls worked with bright smiles and burning enthusiasm. They greeted everyone with joy and mirth, motivated by the cause behind this event; helping women. Every effort they’ve made is a small step to something bigger and better. With ambition and motivation, Alpha Delta Pi sorority concluded yet another charity event. > Comments are enabled. Username: Comment:
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