Women make up the majority of tipped workers, and are 70% of servers. Nearly 37% of all sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) come from the restaurant industry — that’s more than 5 times the rate for the general female workforce .
What’s living off tips got to do with sexual harassment? Everything.
A behavioral health therapist who pleaded guilty to patient abuse and unlawful restraint for sexually abusing a former patient who has severe mental health issues, was chastised by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick before he sentenced him to eight weekends in jail.
“What were you thinking?” McCormick asked Gregory Markovich after the victim spoke emotionally for 45 minutes about how she has been unable to cope after the incident last September. “You can tell this victim has serious underlying issues and you were her social worker and was aware of it. What you engaged in is beyond comprehension.”
Markovich, 63, of Conneaut, said he had no explanation and began an affair with the victim after he was no longer her therapist.
He said they lived together for a year-and-a-half and he wanted to help her.
“You took advantage of her,” McCormick said. “You knew how troubled she was and didn’t have the ability to make an educated consensual decision to develop a relationship. Shame on you.”
The Hungarian-based gang trafficked at least 120 women into London where they were raped, beaten and forced to work in brothels across the capital.
The six gang members — led by Indian-born Vishal Chaudhary — are among 25 criminals convicted or jailed in the past month alone in a series of operations against Eastern European human trafficking gangs targeting London.
Police say there are an increasing number of joint inquiries with countries such as Poland, Hungary and Romania into prostitution and trafficking gangs.
Scotland Yard said there are at least seven live inquiries into crime groups bringing women into London.
In one operation with Romanian police, the first of its kind, 12 Romanian nationals were jailed for 89 years in their own country for bringing women to Britain to work in prostitution.
In another case earlier this week a Russian madam who ran a “high class” escort agency was jailed for eight years at Southwark crown court. Tatiana Shmyrova, 45, exploited a talented former Bulgarian athlete after she was lured to Britain with the promise of a new life working as a tour guide in London.
The Chaudhary gang trafficked more than 120 women from Hungary into the UK.
‘Everything is broken, spoiled. They killed my ma and my pa and impregnated me, three men during the war. I live by myself and my two children are sitting at home, not going to school. There’s no one to help me.’
Carmen was ten when she was gang raped during the brutal civil war in Liberia that lasted from 1999 to 2003. The conflict left a generation of children orphaned and traumatised, without education or skills to make a living, and thousands of teenage girls were left pregnant from rape, with no means to support their children.
Now Carmen has no choice but to work as a hopojo, or sex worker, to support her son, now 10, and her daughter, seven.
‘When I don’t go on the street, I can’t eat and nor can my children,’ she adds.
The death of 254 women from poor families from villages and slums in India, who were participants in US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.