first_imgThe men recalled, with remarkable consistency, private sessions with Mr. Weber in which he asked them to undress and led them through breathing and “energy” exercises. Models were asked to breathe and to touch both themselves and Mr. Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt their “energy.” Often, Mr. Weber guided their hands with his own. Advertisement Login/Register With: For a fashion model, success is the ability to incite desire. The job requirements often include nudity and feigning seduction; provocation is a lever for sales. In the industry, boundaries between the acceptable and the unacceptable treatment of models have been etched in shades of gray.This has allowed prominent photographers to cross the line with impunity for decades, sexually exploiting models and assistants. The experience, once seen as the price models had to pay for their careers, is now being called something else: abuse of power and sexual harassment.Fifteen current and former male models who worked with Bruce Weber, whose racy advertisements for companies like Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch helped turn him into one of the foremost commercial and fine art photographers, have described to The New York Times a pattern of what they said was unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior, often during photo shoots. From left, Ryan Locke, Robyn Sinclair and Terron Wood. Each said he had experienced sexual harassment during his time modeling. (Credit Ryan Young for The New York Times; Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times; Amanda Lucier for The New York Times) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Initiative to curb trafficking Project Swayamsiddha rolls out in all districts

first_imgKolkata: Having rolled out project Swayamsiddha through out the state by the end of September, the state police will began training sessions for the cops following ground work at the district level soon after Durga Puja.The project, an initiative taken by the South 24-Parganas district police in the April 2016 to curb trafficking and early marriage, has seen a reasonable success and prompted the state police to start the project in all the 23 districts. The entire project is being supervised by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeInspector General of Police (IG), CID (I) Ajey Mukund Ranade has already held a meeting in the third week of September with nodal officers of every district who will oversee the programme and has given them an idea about the implementation of the project. Superintendents of police and various NGOs which have been working in the area of trafficking were also present in the meeting,”We will be holding awareness campaign involving teachers, students, panchayat members and parents whereby every stakeholder will be informed about the modus operandi of the trafficking agents, the evils of trafficking. The flow of information in regards to crime against women is of utmost importance which we have learnt from our experience in South 24-Parganas,” Ranade said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEvery school and Panchayat will be equipped with a swayamsiddha box, which will provide the opportunity to girls to provide clues to the administration about suspicious movements of people in their neighbourhood.”Identity of the person providing such information would be protected. It is heartening to see that girls these days are so interactive and are coming out to tell their issues without any hesitation,” a senior CID official said.He added that if the time gap of dissemination of information of trafficking or similar crimes is lessened, the chances of rescue as well as nabbing the offender increase. In South 24-Parganas, more than 70 traffickers have been arrested and around 150 child marriages have been prevented. The districts that have the highest number of human trafficking include South and North 24-Parganas, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Murshidabad. The state investigating agency is laying a lot of emphasis on rehabilitation of the rescued victims by involving various government departments including the state Women & Child Development department.”The Swayamsiddha project, aimed at awareness of school girls that has seen a lot of success in South 24 Parganas, is helping immensely in our efforts to prevent child marriage and trafficking,” said Shashi Panja, Minister of State for Women & Child Development and Social Welfare.last_img read more