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Protests against porn conference in Iceland

The Icelandic Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence (Stígamót) has openly protested against an adult film industry conference scheduled to be held in Iceland next month.

Stígamót sent a letter protesting against the event this week, signed by the organization’s spokesperson Gudrún Jónsdóttir, to the Icelandic government, the parliament, Reykjavík City Council, Reykjavík Chief of Police and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police. Ruv.is reports.

In the letter it says: “Dear persons of authority. In Iceland we have shown that if we do not want representatives of organized crime in our country, we can stop them. […] At Stígamót we do not believe this conference should be tolerated. We challenge you […] to prevent it.”

Stígamót became aware of the adult film industry conference, titled “SnowGathering,” through a press release from PR Adult News, which was issued on January 27. It is cited on Stígamót’s website:

“Freeones.com announced today the date for the second SnowGathering. It will be held in Reykjavík – Iceland, from the 7th till the 11th of March 2007. SnowGathering is a chance to conduct business, meet new people and discuss business developments […].”

In the press release, owner of Freeones.com, Maurice, is quoted saying: “This year we are aiming for approximately 150 attendees. […] We have chosen Reykjavík because of the possibilities of multiple in- and outdoor activities and its infamous nightlife.”

According to Stígamót, Freeones.com links to pornography websites such as Sleazydream.com, which among other things, contains information on how to access prostitutes in Iceland.

“Pornography is prostitution in pictures and prostitution is the reason human trafficking thrives. […]. Pornography is prohibited in Iceland,” the letter from Stígamót states.

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