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A 22-Year-Old Woman Was Arrested For Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old And Forcing Him To Sell Drugs

Twenty-two-year-old Irabelis Carrazana was arrested in Miami for having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. The woman is also being accused of encouraging the boy to partake in the gangster lifestyle she was involved with. This included selling drugs and other gang activity. Stories like these highlight the dangers of young, impressionable kids who meet the wrong adults willing to corrupt them before they fully realize their own potential and dreams. Carrazana more than introduced the child to the gangster lifestyle, there are messages proving that she pressured and forced him to sell drugs for the gang she was a member of.

This week, 22-year-old Irabelis Carrazana was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

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The crime went down in Miami. While it’s not clear how Carrazana met the teenage boy, officials say that she was involved with him for more than a year. This wasn’t just a sexual relationship. It was a lot more perverse and appalling than that. Miami-Dade police say that Carrazana was using the 15-year-old for numerous lewd acts other criminal actions. 

The woman not only used the boy for sex, but she forced him to commit crimes, including selling drugs and had him involved with gang activity.

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According to officials, she used the teen to be her errand boy, so if anyone got caught basically, he would be the one that was committing the crimes. However, Carrazana wasn’t very smart about hiding her crimes. She put it all out in the open. 

Police found text messages in which she directed the teenage boy to pick the drug and sell them. He would then give the money to Carrazana.  Officials also found numerous videos on Carrazana’s phone that show the two engaging in sexual acts. The teen admitted to having sex with Carrazana since he was 14. 

The only reason these two ended their relationship was after the teen boy said he didn’t want to sell drugs for her anymore.

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Police say that Carrazana got mad at the boy for not delivering money from a drug deal. That is when he told her he wanted out. It’s pretty remarkable that the boy wasn’t killed because, according to the cops, he was at his house when someone drove by and began firing. 

CBS News reports that Carrazana was charged with “possession of a sexual performance by a child, child neglect charges and contributing to a delinquency of a child.”

The poor kid was like an Uber driver for this woman and also her sex slave. It’s all very disgusting. Carrazana’s arraignment is scheduled for next month, and it’s also unclear if she is remorseful for her actions. 

Carrazana is the latest woman this year to be caught this year having a sexual relationship with an underage boy.

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According to the Center For Disease Control, a 2011 report showed that both men and women were forced to have sexual relationships. The Independent reports, “Similarly, the 2010 survey showed comparable results estimating that nearly 4.5 million men in the US had, at some stage in their lives, been forced to penetrate another person – and that in 79.2 percent of cases, the perpetrator forcing the sexual act was a woman.”

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that they estimate that women are the abusers in about 14 percent of cases reported among boys and 6 percent of cases reported among girls. 

It’s also extremely difficult for boys to speak out if they’re being abused whether their assailant is a man or a woman. If the predator is a woman who is forcing a man to have sex with them, they rarely disclose it because of the shame surrounding the politics of sex. 

A study titled “Male Rape: The Silent Victim and the Gender of the Listener” Dr. Patrizia Riccardi notes, “A common theme emerging in treating male rape victims is a lost sense of manliness. Male victims voice their concern in reconciling their masculine identity with their experience of being raped. One patient reported that he never disclosed it to his wife of 30 years; the sense of stigma from the rape was felt as huge and devastating.”

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Cardi B Speaks Out About The Treatment Of Gabriel Fernandez After Watching It On Netflix And Feeling ‘Disgusted’

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Cardi B Speaks Out About The Treatment Of Gabriel Fernandez After Watching It On Netflix And Feeling ‘Disgusted’

The horrifying and deeply upsetting documentary “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” has captured the attention of Netflix viewers across the globe. For the past few weeks, it has topped the streaming services top viewed list and rendered comments of shock and dismay over the 8-year-olds abuse and brutal murder at the hands of his parents. Now, the series has caught the attention of rapper Cardi B.

Cardi B recently released a series of tweets in response to the documentary decrying Fernandez’s treatment and his mother’s behavior.

In a separate tweet, Cardi B wrote “The more I watch this doc the more and more I love Gabriel. He was just soooo cute and innocent. I really wish somebody would have save him. I hope God is letting him see how much we love and care for him. Sweet sweet angel.”

In response to the abuse he heard about during the trial, a California judge described Gabriel’s abuse and murder as “horrendous, inhumane and nothing short of evil.”

Watch the documentary now on Netflix.

Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

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Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

A trans woman was shot and killed in Puerto Rico after she used the women’s bathroom at a McDonald’s. The attackers filmed her death as they laughed in her final moments. Adding insult to injury, many Puerto Rican news outlets covered her death as a man in a skirt. Bad Bunny, who has long championed for the LGBTQ+ community, used his time on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” to address the misgendering of Alexa Negrón Luciano after her humiliating and brutal death.

Bad Bunny took time during his performance on Jimmy Fallon to bring attention to a trans woman who was killed in Puerto Rico.

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Alexa Negrón Luciano was a homeless trans woman known in Puerto Rico. She was often ridiculed by people on the streets and on social media where photos were posted making fun of her as an oddball. That mockery and callousness of those around her reached a deadly conclusion last week.

According to reports, a woman customer at a McDonald’s in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico claimed Negrón Luciano tried peeping on her as she used the bathroom. She was then questioned by police as people took photos and posted them on social media. Twelve hours later, a video circulated on social media of Negrón Luciano’s assassination as the assailants are heard laughing on the video.

Media reports from Puerto Rico initially broke the story calling Negrón Luciano “a man in a skirt.”

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Puerto Rico has long been criticized for the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Puerto Ricans and celebrities took to the streets to protest against a “religious freedom” bill that would allow the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. The bill, initially supported by then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló, ultimately didn’t pass after strong pushback in Puerto Rico and from around the world.

Not long after the bill was blocked, Governor Rosselló was caught up in a group chat scandal where he and those who worked with him spoke about the LGBTQ+ community and women in disparaging terms. The group chat scandal fueled more protests and eventually led to Gov. Rosselló resigning from his position after growing outcry.

Despite presenting an LGBTQ+-friendly face to the world, Puerto Rico’s anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment is still a very real fear for those on the island.

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The New York Times has reported that women’s and LGBTQ+ rights have advanced significantly in recent decades. However, an underlying fear of physical and legislative violence has scarred the communities. While some measures to protect LGBTQ+ people have progressed, like an employment non-discrimination law, there is a strong coalition of conservative and Christian evangelicals fighting the progress.

“This has served as a reminder that some of these advances are at risk, that there is still discrimination, that there is still homophobia,” Pedro Julio Serrano, an activist in San Juan, told The New York Times after the shooting death of gay Latin trap singer Kevin Fret. “We can’t forget that.”

This is why Bad Bunny openly correcting the media’s and people’s perception of Negrón Lucian is so important.

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Last year, at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming people were murdered in the U.S. for being who they are. Mainly, deadly violence is focused on trans women of color with Black trans women dying at higher rates. The real statistics of these murders are hard to track because often the victims are misgendered by the media or family who never accepted them for who they are. So far, in 2020, there are believed to be at least two trans women murdered in the U.S.

Some responses to the performance show the work still needed to break the ignorance and hate around a vulnerable community.

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Trans people, like all people, deserve the same respect when it comes to pronouns and the right to live without fear and violence. Bad Bunny’s shirt addressing Negrón Luciano by name and not “a man in a skirt” is a significant moment in demanding that respect.

You can watch Bad Bunny’s full performance below.

Thank you for standing with the LGBTQ+ community, Bad Bunny.

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