Editor’s Note and Disturbing Content Warning: These materials are presented as a public service to educate you about the growing crime of “child sex tourism.”
The U.S. Department of Justice writes:
“Child sex tourism makes its profits from the exploitation of child prostitutes in developing countries. Many children are trafficked into the sex trade…Child prostitutes live in constant fear; they live in fear of sadistic acts by clients, fear of being beaten by pimps who control the sex trade, and fear of being apprehended by the police. It comes as no surprise that victims often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, and feelings of hopelessness. Many victims of child sexual exploitation also suffer from physical ailments, including tuberculosis, exhaustion, infections, and physical injuries resulting from violence inflicted upon them. Venereal diseases run rampant among these children and they rarely receive medical treatment until they are seriously or terminally ill. Living conditions are poor and meals are inadequate and irregular. Many children that fail to earn enough money are punished severely, often through beatings and starvation. Sadly, drug use and suicide are all too common for victims of child sexual exploitation.”
Combine this with secret societies hiding behind burned and crippled children and we have the worst nonprofit fraud of our time; prostitution at taxpayer expense.
Be warned that learning about this might adversely affect you. Five Indian girls told the Brazilian Federal Police how they, as minors, were lured into prostitution for North American tourists, like that group of “Masons” who were fishing in Brazil for Peacock Bass and girls over 13. One girl testified that she lost her virginity and was left pregnant after such a trip. Then, as a 13 year old unwed mother, she and her baby were ostracized from her village.
Those who prey on such poverty must first be Master Masons before joining groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar and the Shriners. They’re best known for their red fezzes and operating 22 hospitals that now take insurance for previously free medical care for burned and crippled children. A Shriner must be secretly invited to join the Royal Order of Jesters, currently under investigation for sex trafficking, prostitution and child sex tourism.
Three years after reading the girls' depositions, I’m still writing for them, giving them a voice, for which Newsvine.com was unsuccessfully sued. Then, a mainstream media outlet used my work as a resource without citation. Please feel free to use these materials as a resource as long as you provide attribution.
So, what’s up with this underground network of Jesters who use their influence to protect each other? Like I’ve written before, who really cares if these guys want to get snot slinging drunk, gamble their asses off or mess around with prostitutes?
That’s just a weekend in Vegas.
The problem is that the Jesters are tax exempt. Individual Jesters can claim their fraternal and charitable contributions/donations on their tax returns. Their donations go towards their group’s party fund. Then the group deducts the costs of partying AKA spreading the gospel of mirth and merriment. This means that we subsidize the taxes that they don’t pay.
Someone at the IRS somehow granted the Jesters dual tax exempt status for both their 501c10 fraternity and 501c3 charity. Tax returns show that the Jesters' fraternal exempt purpose is spreading the gospel of mirth and merriment. The charitable exempt purpose is a Jester museum that allows their new headquarters building to be a write off. Except the Marion County tax assessor didn’t buy it.
That’s how this all started. “Jesters Exposed” describes how the national office appealed a property tax exemption denial and convinced the tax appeal board that they deserved the exemption because the ROJ is an appendant body of Masonry. Obfuscating charitable apples and fraternal oranges, the Jesters got the exemption.
There are about 23,500 Jesters organized into fraternal "courts" that correspond to the 191 Shriner temples located across North America. These courts write off millions in party expenses year after year while we make up for the taxes they don’t pay, like the property taxes.
Again, partying with prostitutes at tax payer expense.
Thank you for being here,
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This resource provides links to nine articles that document four different cases involving Atlanta real estate salesman and former fishing tour operator, Richard W. Schair. The articles detail three legal challenges that totally blew up in his face.
1) Schair sued a business rival after alleging that he provided prostitutes for his fishing customers. As evidence mounted against him, Schair then paid his rival $15,000 to settle out of court.
2) Schair’s failed request for habeas corpus made public his indictment by the Brazilian Federal Police for rape, using minors for prostitution and violating indigenous rights.
3) Schair sued Newsvine.com after I reported his indictment. He immediately withdrew his complaint after Newsvine attorneys moved the case from district court to federal court.
Schair came to my attention after I published “Jesters Exposed,” the first ever article about the Shriners’ secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters, currently under investigation for sex trafficking, prostitution and child sex tourism. Schair had sued a competitor who alleged that he provided prostitutes for his customers. A witness list for the defense named 19 Jesters who were expected to testify about their first hand knowledge of minor prostitution, prostitution and drug use while on one of Schair’s fishing trips.
As the evidence mounted against him, Schair settled out of court by paying the defendant $15,000.
After I reported that the Brazilian Federal Police had indicted him, Schair sued Newsvine.com for libel. Attorneys for Newsvine.com moved the case from Hall County District Court in Georgia to U.S. District Court in Gainesville, prompting Schair to withdraw his complaint.
This list of articles includes links to pertinent documents.
A timeline follows.
Thu Mar 6, 2008 10:35 AM PST
A slander complaint between two former fishing tour operators included a witness list for the defense that named 19 members of the Royal Order of Jesters who were expected to testify about “their first hand knowledge of prostitution, minor prostitution, use of illegal drugs and/or entry into Indian reservations by Schair (plaintiff) and/or his customers.”
Sun May 25, 2008 3:55 PM PDT
Two fishing guides, previously employed by Richard W. Schair, were deposed by the Brazilian Federal Police as they investigated the sexual exploitation of minor girls by North American tourists. These guides, both brothers, were advised by Brazilian authorities to testify in the United States. These depositions were recorded over three days in Miami as the fishing guides, among other things, identified pictures of “Masons” having sex with teen prostitutes.
Deposition of Adilson Garcia Da Silva, Sunday April 13, 2008, 11am – 6:25pm
Deposition of Adilson Garcia Da Silva, Sunday April 15, 2008, 10:10am – 12 noon
Deposition of Adilson Garcia Da Silva, Monday April 14, 2008, 11:45am – 6:30pm
Deposition of Admilson Garcia Da Silva, Tuesday April 15, 2008, 12:20pm – 7:30pm
Mon Jun 2, 2008 2:58 PM PDT
Five girls provided depositions to the Brazilian Federal Police on June 13, 2007 and described how “Richard” illegally lured them off their reservation to clean and cook on his fishing boat. They told the police that upon arrival, they were expected to get drunk and perform “programs” that consisted of oral sex, strip and dance contests on the boat with North American fishermen. The girls allege that they were told they’d be paid one rate, but were paid much less of what had been promised. One testified that she was left pregnant after one such fishing trip, at the age of 13.
Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:15 PM PDT
On June 23, 2009, Brazilian federal judge, MARIA LUCIA GOMES DE SOUZA, denied a June 19, 2009 habeas corpus request filed on behalf of Richard Wayne Schair. If granted, it would have protected Schair from unlawful detention upon entering Brazil after being charged with rape, corruption of minors and operating a house of prostitution.
Brazilian Federal Police, Amazon division, inquest #410/2007 led to filing legal proceedings against Schair on August 8, 2007 after they had been investigating "that since the year 2000, minor Indian and other girls living near the rivers in the region of the Municipality of Autazes/AM became victims of sexual exploitation by North American tourists."
Federal Court, Amazon District cover sheet can be read here.
Customer list submitted as evidence in Schair’s request for habeas corpus can be read here.
Page 1 of Brazilian Federal Police Report submitted to Judge can be read here.
Page 2 of Brazilian Federal Police Report submitted to Judge can be read here.
Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:12 PM PDT
This article explains the necessity of reporter shield and child protection bills before Congress in lieu of the Richard W. Schair v Newsvine Inc. complaint filed in Superior Court, Hall County, Georgia.
Wed Aug 5, 2009 11:04 PM PDT
Richard Schair's motion to dismiss was granted after Newsvine.com moved his
libel and defamation complaint to federal court. Additionally, the federal judge overseeing Brazil’s own case against him accepted it from the federal prosecutor's office.
Schair v Newsvine Motion of Removal of Action can be read here.
Schair v Newsvine federal court cover sheet can be read here.
Wed Sep 9, 2009 9:04 AM PDT
A failed application for habeas corpus made public the indictment of former fishing tour operator Richard W. Schair after the Brazilian Federal Police investigated his role in the alleged sexual exploitation of minor Indian girls living along the Amazon.
Mon Apr 5, 2010 11:06 PM PDT
“ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer” has confirmed that the FBI and ICE are continuing their investigation into fishing tour operators who facilitate “child sex tourism." This report includes a blurred picture of a Jester partying with a young Brazilian girl on his lap.
Fri Oct 8, 2010 12:11 PM PDT
This Brazilian Rede Record news broadcast aired on October 6 and is described as “Companies That Sell packages of Tourism in the Amazon Promote Orgies.”
"Fashion in Europe, Japan and the USA is the ecological tourism. Who is buying the packages do not want the traditional uses, either adventure. One of the destinations is the Brazilian Amazon. Girls are employed to work on vessels of luxury and are sexually exploited by foreign tourists."
The broadcast offers a closed caption English translation, video of the Amazon Santana and interviews with some of the girls, their attorney and a Brazilian Federal Police officer. He says that the investigation “has already been sent to the ‘Ministerio Publico Federal’ or ‘Federal Attorney,’ there were indicted the owner of the agency in Brazil and the man who sold the trips in the U.S., the American Richard Wayne Schair, who is accused of raping the girl ‘J.’”
The broadcast continues:
“The FBI agents who also investigate the case were in Autazes in the house of this young lady of Indian origin. They found the same poverty level that we are witnessing, a fridge practically empty, they heard dramatic testimony. She states that at 17 she accepted an offer to work on the yacht Amazon Santana. She was convinced by 2 foreigners to have sexual relations. On the trip lost her virginity, and believes that became pregnant of one of them.”
May 11, 2007 – Richard Wayne Schair, owner of Wet-a-Line Tours, sues Philip Marsteller, owner of Amazon Tours, for defamation and libel after alleging his involvement with drugs and prostitution.
July 11, 2007 - Five Indian girls provide depositions to the Brazilian Federal Police, alleging that "Richard" illegally lured them off their reservation to work as underage prostitutes for his North American fishing clients.
August 8, 2007 - Brazilian Federal Police, Amazon division inquest #410/2007 leads to filing legal proceedings against Schair, charging him with rape, corruption of minors and operating a prostitution network.
February 15, 2008 - "Jesters Exposed" published and is the first article ever written about the Shriners' secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters.
March 6, 2008 - "Jesters' To Testify about Illegal Drugs, Child Prostitution?" reports that 19 Jesters named on a witness list for the defense were expected to testify about "their first hand knowledge of prostitution, minor prostitution, use of illegal drugs and/or entry into Indian reservations by Schair (plaintiff) and/or his customers" in the case Schair v Marsteller.
May 25, 2008 - "Brazilian Fishing Trip Depositions: 'Masons' Pictured Having Sex with Teen Prostitutes?" covers depositions provided by Brazilian fishing tour guides who state that the Jesters asked to be called "Masons" and for girls over 13.
June 2, 2008 - "Child Sex Tourism: Brazilian Teens Testify About Being Lured into Minor Prostitution for American Tourists" describes what five "Jane Does" told the Brazilian Federal Police about how “Richard” asked them to cook and clean on his fishing boat but instead were made drunk to then have sex with North American tourists. One testified that she was left pregnant at age 13.
September 15, 2008 - Philip Marsteller was honored at a ceremony held at the Church Center of the UN. He, on behalf of his Peacock Bass fishing business Amazon Tours, Inc., took a public stand against child sex tourism by signing "The Code" AKA Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The event was sponsored by ECPAT, which stands for "End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes." The signing ceremony honored Marsteller and Amazon Tours for becoming only the sixth American business to take such a public stand against child sex tourism.
December 9, 2008 - Schair pays Marsteller to settle out of court as mounting evidence supports his allegations.
June 19, 2009 - Schair submits an application for habeas corpus to prevent being arrested upon entering Brazil, asking the Brazilian Federal Police to dismiss the indictment against him.
June 23, 2009 - Brazilian federal judge Maria Lucia Gomes De Souza denies Schair’s application.
June 26, 2009 - Schair files libel/defamation complaint against Newsvine.com in Hall County Superior Court, Georgia.
June 29, 2009 - "Brazilian Judge Rejects Jester Fishing Tour Operator's Request for Habeas Corpus" published.
July 14, 2009 - "Editorial: Schair v Newsvine Illustrates Importance of Reporter Shield and Child Protection Bills Before Congress" includes "The big picture here is that Richard Schair is attempting to intimidate other media from covering the breaking news out of Brazil that his request for habeas corpus was denied. Now he could and probably would be arrested upon entering Brazil for the charges of rape, corruption of minors and operating a prostitution network."
July 24, 2009 – Attorneys for Newsvine.com transfer Schair's defamation complaint from district court to federal court.
July 27, 2009 - Brazilian judge issues final denial of Schair's application for habeas corpus because it lacks merit.
July 28, 2009 - Schair's attorney files motion in federal court to dismiss complaint against Newsvine.com.
July 29, 2009 - Schair v Newsvine complaint dismissed in federal court.
August 3, 2009 - Brazilian judge approves the case against Richard Wayne Schair as submitted by prosecutors on behalf of the Brazilian Federal Police, paving the way for prosecution.
Aug 5, 2009 - Richard W. Schair v Newsvine Dismissed as Brazilian Judge Accepts Rape & Underage Prostitution Case Against Him reports that Schair's motion to dismiss was granted after Newsvine.com moved his defamation complaint to federal court.
Sep 9, 2009 - Newsitorial: Schair's Failed Application for Habeas Corpus Confirms Indictment, Implicates Jesters explains how Schair’s indictment became public through his failed application for habeas corpus.
Apr 5, 2010 ABC News Confirms FBI Investigating Jesters for Child Sex Tourism features Diane Sawyer confirming that the FBI and ICE are continuing their investigation into “child sex tourism.” The broadcast pictures a Jester partying with a Brazilian girl on his lap.
Oct 8, 2010 - Brazilian News Confirms FBI Investigating Child Sex Crimes, Jesters Pictured w/Victims is about the Rede Record broadcast reporting that FBI agents were in a jungle village to interview the girl who became pregnant, at age 13, after working as a prostitute for Schair’s customers.
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