Many years ago, although a college graduate, accepted to matriculate at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, I was rendered jobless, homeless, and utterly destitute. By what I can only attribute to either the most sublime serendipity or the Grace of a Merciful Providence, I stopped in at the offices of the Catholic Charities, adjacent to the campus of the Law School. There, fortuitously (some would say miraculously) the first job offer which I had received in two years was presented to me, along with an offer of housing. Had I made any decision but those which I did that day, had I acted one minute earlier or later in anything, I would probably be dead or utterly destitute today.
Although I was not able to attend law school because of financial hardship, I was able to survive. My life has been almost as miserable as Job's, with riches, happiness and health alternating with poverty, disease, and the deaths of those close to me. I have never lost faith, however, that the Providence which guided me to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time in the offices of Catholic Charities was for a purpose. Today, Your Eminence, I am presumptuous enough to speculate that I know what that purpose was.
Below the following selection from Dives in Misericordia is the text of an e-mail which I sent to Anti-Slavery International (ASI) and to the organization End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT). The e-mail forwards an e-mail which I received soliciting my participation in the promotion of an Internet sexual slavery ring. As I explain in my letter to the ASI and the ECPAT, I have fought for months -- alone, apparently -- against the organization which distributed this letter seeking my participation in this sexual slavery conspiracy. In my e-mail to them, I beg their assistance to fight this apparently benign "American" Internet Service provider, which has spread its tentacles into almost every form of vice imaginable on at least four continents.
Your Eminence, in accordance with Dives in Misericordia, I humbly ask that the Curia extend a hand of friendship and guidance to these organizations and to the governments of the countries where these evils are taking place, to rid the world of this insidious foulness which reaches from the richest halls of wealth into the humblest of homes with the youngest of children. The American businesses which might fight like lions against this diabolical conspiracy are motivated by profit. The influence of the Holy See in this matter would make it profitable for them to act on the side of goodness. Many of the scribes and Pharisees were wealthy, but so was Joseph of Arimathea. I pray that the Holy See will act to guide the American companies to which I refer in my e-mail to walk in the light and "proclaim release to the captives."
Most humbly submitted,
Christian Leopold Shea
3. When Christ Began To Do and To Teach
Before His own townspeople, in Nazareth, Christ refers to the words of the prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."(19) These phrases, according to Luke, are His first messianic declaration. They are followed by the actions and words known through the Gospel.
By these actions and words Christ makes the Father present among men. It is very significant that the people in question are especially the poor, those without means of subsistence, those deprived of their freedom, the blind who cannot see the beauty of creation, those living with broken hearts, or suffering from social injustice, and finally sinners. It is especially for these last that the Messiah becomes a particularly clear sign of God who is love, a sign of the Father. In this visible sign the people of our own time, just like the people then, can see the Father.
From: "Christian Leopold Shea"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com CC: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Fwd: Sell our slaves, earn commision Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 10:49:21 GMT MIME-Version: 1.0 Received: from 22.214.171.124 by www.hotmail.com with HTTP;Fri, 12 Nov 1999 02:49:21 PST X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199] Honourable Members of Anti-Slavery International and End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism: "Since childhood's earliest hour" it was my desire to become a member of the old British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, but the opportunity never arose. Now that it is Anti-Slavery International, I cannot (being disabled) afford the membership. What I can do, however, is by God act in the spirit of the Society! In June of 1999, the American Internet Service Provider (ISP) GeoCities, was purchased by Yahoo! Inc., which is a front company for a Delaware corporation (the State of Delaware has extremely lax laws regarding the incorporation of businesses). This Delaware Corporation is, in turn, a front for a Japanese _zaibatsu_. Since the acquisition of GeoCities by Yahoo! Inc. in June of this year, I, and presumably tens of thousands of other GeoCities members (many as young as thirteen years of age) have been sent countless dozens of unsolicited e-mails, distributed by Yahoo! GeoCities for un-named "international partners." The bulk of this e-mail has concerned solicitations for pornography, including what appears to be child pornography, for drugs which are illegal to purchase within the United States, for international gambling syndicates, and for a supplier of false identifications (which would make it easier for underaged teenagers to obtain the above materials). Since July I have waged a one-man war against Yahoo! Inc.'s distribution of this salacious and unsolicited e-mail, and their outrageous demands that GeoCities members (many of whom, I remind you, are as young as thirteen years old) surrender to Yahoo! the rights to the contents of their GeoCities "homesteads" (a special category of Internet web site). Since Yahoo! has already shown its willingness to supply information to pornographers, the "terms of service" which they demand that all members sign would permit them to supply these same pornographers with pictures of children which are posted on GeoCities, without the consent or control of the parents of these children. I have detailed my bitter campaign against Yahoo! Inc. on another ISP, beginning at http://members.tripod.com/the-grand-panjandrum/yahoo.html . My efforts have not only been in vain, they have actually helped Yahoo! Inc. in its growth and increased its profitability. For example, I sent detailed information about the activities of Yahoo! Inc. and some of its international "partners" to ITN World Television; they responded by doing a "puff piece" on Yahoo's American chairman which helped to increase the value of its stock -- I would not say that there is a lot of money to be had in racketeering, but I have never heard of anyone going bankrupt by exploiting human vices and the misery of the oppressed. On 31 October 1999 I received the following e-mail which has enraged me beyond all measure and which has prompted this appeal to your two organizations. As you can see, the e-mail, which was sent to me by Yahoo! GeoCities (UNSOLICITED, I assure you!!!) attempts to induce GeoCities members to aid and abet sexual slavery for profit. I am well aware of ASI's recognition that some women voluntarily enter into sexual relationships for money (position quoted in full below), but as a visit to the following link will suggest, the women (and perhaps children) being exploited by this "partner" of Yahoo! Inc. are not necessarily acting with full consent: http://www.cashprogram.com/fetish/banner02.jpg (Warning: this image may be deemed offensive to some viewers of sensitive constitution, but slavery itself is offensive to most persons.) Given that many female sex workers in Asia and in Europe, especially Eastern Europe, are driven into the occupation out of dire financial necessity, and given that Yahoo! Inc. is not above distributing similar solicitations for possible child pornographers (please see http://www.savana.com/webmasters/sugarcash3.jpg which came attached to a similar unwanted e-mail solicitation for an example of the young age of the flesh which these pornographers peddle), I cry out to you in despair as influential NGO's to please -- for the love of God! -- DO SOMETHING about Yahoo! Inc. At a time when the Japanese government is refusing to pay reparations to British and American prisoners of war who were forced to work as slave labor, and refusing to pay any compensation to Korean women who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army, I am outraged beyond all belief that a Japanese _zaibatsu_ would brazenly send solicitations to webmasters to promote sexual slavery on the Internet. What can your organizations do? Much! Simply asking friendly law enforcement agencies to investigate the activities of Yahoo! Inc. and its "partners" will be a step in the right direction. Publicly denouncing Yahoo! Inc. for sending out these solicitations for webmasters to profit by the sexual enslavement of others would be world news and would force the hands of many governments to intervene against this atrocious misconduct. I am one man. I can do little besides cry out in the wilderness. Arrayed against me is a multi-national _zaibatsu_ worth hundreds of millions of dollars, allied with pornographers, gambling and drug interests, and sexual slavers with billions of dollars in assets. But if my feeble cry can stir your two organizations to action, there are others with far greater assets and a far longer reach who would join the fray. I made reference to Yahoo! Inc.'s "terms of service," which I detail in the pages on my Tripod web site. On my GeoCities web site -- presently immune to Yahoo! because I refuse to agree to their "terms of service" -- are copyrighted images licensed to me by the Walt Disney Company, Time-Warner, Sony, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, etc., companies which, between them, own approximately 40% of the world's telecommunications media. In the United States of America, about four members of our House of Representatives and two United States Senators represent all of these companies in Washington. Not one of them will "rock the boat," but the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, in its hey-day, sank whole fleets of slave ships. If Anti-Slavery International and End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism will firmly commit to take action extra-governmentally against this sexual slave trade and possible racketeering, I, lone man that I am, can approach each of these six members of the American Congress and demonstrate that it is in the financial interests of their constituents to act to protect their _copyrights_ which Yahoo! Inc.'s "terms of service" threaten. Company executives who might not give a fig about the sexual slavery of women and children will care plenty if their Congressional representative explains to them that the same company which is promoting this sex slavery ALSO wants to obtain "world-wide, royalty-free rights" to THEIR copyrighted materials. Money talks. None of these companies, however, will do anything unless some large group takes a stand against Yahoo! Inc. and its "partners." If ASI and ECPAT take a strong stand against Yahoo! Inc.'s promotion of sexual slavery, some of the richest and most powerful corporations in the world will find it in their own financial interests to support you against what they will surely perceive as a threat to themselves. They will act to protect their copyrights; if, in so doing, they influence the Government of the United States and other governments to smash international sexual slavery rings which exploit women and children, everyone benefits except the bad guys. So, I formally ask you, will Anti-Slavery International and End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism act against Yahoo! Inc.'s world-wide promotion of sexual slavery or not? The decision is yours alone. Sincerely yours, Christian Leopold Shea cc: H.E. the Secretary for Relations With States, Secretariat of State, Vatican City ----Original Message Follows---- From: email@example.com CC: recipient list not shown: ; Subject: Sell our slaves, earn commision Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 13:03:28 From firstname.lastname@example.org Sun Oct 31 16:35:26 1999 Received: from [188.8.131.52] by hotmail.com (3.2) with ESMTP id MHotMailB9E62B4E001FD820F3C8800B449E11D90; Sun Oct 31 16:35:26 1999 MBOX-Line: From email@example.com Mon Nov 01 00:45:31 1999 Received: from mta121.mail.yahoo.com for firstname.lastname@example.org; Oct 31 16:45:32 1999 -0800 Received: from mail1.geocities.com (HELO geocities.com) (184.108.40.206) by mta121.mail.yahoo.com with SMTP; 31 Oct 1999 16:45:31 -0800 Received: from mail-relay1.yahoo.com (mail-relay1.yahoo.com [220.127.116.11])by geocities.com (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id QAA23638;Sun, 31 Oct 1999 16:35:17 -0800 (PST) Received: from server (02-072.028.popsite.net [18.104.22.168])by mail-relay1.yahoo.com (Postfix) with SMTPid 2E7CE9F614; Sun, 31 Oct 1999 16:34:12 -0800 (PST) Message-Id: <707.691174.893714@server> From: Tessie Subject: Sell our slaves, earn commision Hello dear webmaster/webmistress, My name is Tessie - I'm the webmistress at slavesluts.com and would like to offer you a partnership. We provide the slavesluts and you sell them.. We split 50%.. If you do not have a BDSM section on your site, just download our premade web-ready galleries.. http://www.slavesluts.com/cashprogram.html Here's the deal. 50% initial and recurring (great conversion) You get paid DIRECTLY from our cc processor We provide you with free exclusive pics of amateur slave sluts Detailed income stats Detailed traffic stats Free pictures and nasty banners Free searchengine submission Personal support -more to come- Hope to see you as a partner - we will add more sites soon :-) Quick join at http://www.slavesluts.com/cashprogram.html Details at http://www.cashprogram.com/fetish/ Hugs Tessie email@example.com ---------- Text of ASI's Statements Regarding Sexual Slavery --------- '(i) Women 'Women are vulnerable both because male employers can use physical force against them and because of the additional possibility of sexual abuse. 'There is a growing debate about whether all those who work in the sex industry, for example as prostitutes. should be considered to be victims of slavery, as they are in most cases completely unprotected by the law as far as their terms of employment and conditions of work are concerned. There are cases where women are clearly forced to work as prostitutes, which evidently violates the conventions against slavery. But there are also other cases where women choose to work in this area, and, whatever the pressures which push them to make this choice, they deserve the protection of the law against hazardous conditions or slavery-like terms of employment. '(ii) Children 'Children have already been mentioned above as a group which is especially vulnerable, particularly when child labour occurs in conjunction with certain other practices, such as debt bondage, early marriage and domestic work. They too are vulnerable to physical abuse and intimidation and face the threat of sexual abuse.' ----------------------------- End Message --------------------------
For your convenience I have created links to the first of my five pages documenting Yahoo! Inc.'s actions, to the sexual slavery banner, and to what appears to be a banner soliciting the distribution of child pornography. I beg to re-emphasize to Your Eminence that these latter two banners were linked to e-mails which were, in all likelihood, sent around the world to children as young as thirteen years of age, and perhaps much younger. I pray that the Curia has readied millstones for the necks of the officials of Yahoo! Inc. and its parent zaibatsu, and will put them to a swift use!
The sexual slavery link.
The possible child pornography link.