Trial begins again for Rui DaSilva

The aunt of a seven-year-old girl sold online for sex wept in the courtroom today once again listening to the horrific details of what happened to her niece. Thirty-eight-year old Rui DaSliva pleaded guilty to sexually attacking the girl in May but after the judge presiding over the case died the process had to start from scratch.DaSilva had met the girl’s mother’s boyfriend- who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity- online after she had been advertised for sex on Craigslist.DaSliva admits to attending the girl’s Hamilton home in February where he and the mother’s boyfriend both sexually attacked the girl.The court heard disturbing details today about how the young girl was brought downstairs in the middle of the night, dressed in lingerie, and assaulted.At the trial a group of more then a dozen bikers who advocate against child abuse came to show support for the young girl and her family.In April of 2016 DaSilva brought a friend, Sonya Lucas, over to the house where the seven-year-old lived and she too joined in sexually abusing the girl.The Waterloo resident pleaded guilty to her involvement in June.Lucas, who has yet to be sentenced for the crime, was convicted of incest in 2004 for sexually assaulting her then 14 year old son.Fifty-year-old John Gallagher is already behind bars serving a nearly four year jail term for his part in exploiting the little girl.Another Hamilton man, who also cannot be named to protect the girl, is also facing charges including sexual assault and making child pornography. The girl’s mother’s boyfriend is facing a total of 40 charges.Rui DaSilva’s defense is asking the judge for a five year jail sentence. The Crown is seeking eight to ten. DaSilva will learn his fate next month. read more

New labour code brings international standards to East Timor

“It’s an appropriate time to remind ourselves as to why any society requires legislation regulating the rights of workers and employers,” Sergio Vieira de Mello said at a signing ceremony, which was part of East Timor’s May Day celebrations.”The Labour Code will put in place a labour administration system that is democratic, transparent and participatory. It ensures that workers, employers, and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] have the opportunity to participate in both formulating and implementing labour policies and programmes,” Mr. Vieira de Mello added.The result of an extensive two-year consultation process with workers, employers, NGOs and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the Labour Code establishes minimum internationally accepted standards for hours of work, vacation and sick leave and maternity benefits.The new law also outlaws exploitative child labour and expands on the functions and duties of the Department of Labour and Solidarity, giving it the authority to reduce or eliminate discrimination in employment, and to assist women, minors, the disabled and disadvantaged workers.The Code also sets up a dispute settlement mechanism, including possible arbitration with a Labour Relations Board.”The Labour Code had undergone a legislative process characterized by consensus building and compromises,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. “It is a comprehensive Code that complies with international standards and I sincerely hope that it will provide a sound basis for regulating the rights and interests of workers and employers in this country for the coming years.” read more