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April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

March 13, 2015

Dawson's Creek alum had been given VHS copy of Dawson's Crack and wanted to share it with his co-stars

James Van Der Beek is probably happy the time gay porn was found in his luggage was before the days of TMZ and such things going viral.

When the 38-year-old actor was starring in Dawson's Creek, he landed the lead in the 2002 film The Rules of Attraction - a film which, by the way, included a kissing scene between him and Ian Somerhalder.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 5, 2015

Memorable, romantic, and disastrous - we swap travel stories with the man whose stage-name was inspired by a Swedish tennis player.

Born in London, Kristen Bjorn seems to have lived and worked in many of our favourite countries around the world.

It was in the late 1970s in San Francisco where Bjorn began his career as a model, actor, photographer, and film-maker, with locations such as Brazil and Australia shaping his work.

We recently caught up with Bjorn and asked him to share some travel stories.

January 20, 2015

Star of many prison shower scenes is also accused of beating and choking his girlfriend

Gay-for-pay porn star Johnny Rapid has gone from asking Justin Bieber to have sex with him for $2 million to facing jail time for beating his girlfriend.

A newly released police report reveals the 22-year-old performer, whose real name is Hylan Taylor, is being charged with battery for allegedly choking, pushing and hitting his girlfriend last year.

October 9, 2014

The men were the first to be arrested on homosexuality charges in seven months

Seven men arrested for gay sex in the Cameroon have been released.

Donatus Sembe, the police officer in charge of the case, told AP that four of them were freed on Wednesday due to lack of evidence and the other three were released earlier in the week.

The men were arrested in the capital Yaoundé last week in a raid on a house where police said they were engaging in prostitution and gay sex.

October 3, 2014

The men were the first to be arrested on homosexuality charges in seven months

Seven men were arrested in Cameroon yesterday on homosexuality charges in a raid on a house where police said they were engaging in prostitution and gay sex.

Neighbors told police that effeminate men often visited the house in the capital Yaoundé. Police had been tailing the men for some time and waited until the group was gathered in the house, then broke down the door and found men engaged in gay sex.

The owner of the house escaped to the roof and avoided arrest.

July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

June 18, 2014

Tributes have been paid to the Texas-born performer who starred in several Falcon Studios films

Gay porn star Cameron Fox has died at the age of 36.

The actor – real name Shane Eugene Davis, passed away last Thursday (12 June) but a cause of death has yet to be reported.

The Texas-born performer and former Falcon Studios star entered into the industry in 1999 at the age of 22.

He racked up at least two awards, working on films like Haunted House on Sex Hill and Soccer Shooters, before he stopped doing porn in 2006.

Falcon Studios confirmed the news, simply saying: ‘RIP Cameron Fox’.

March 16, 2014

Five men are charged with ‘group licentiousness’, after police bust a gay club with 2800 members

Police in Guangzhou, China have raided a gay ‘club’ in a rented apartment, according to state media.

In the midnight crackdown, the authorities caught a total of 13 men, some of them naked, reports China Youth International.

Police were first notified of the venue, after residents nearby suspected the large number of strangers frequenting it were brothel patrons.

March 13, 2014

New research has found that some of the most conservative states in the US also have the highest number of people looking for gay porn on the internet

A new study by PornHub and Buzzfeed has found that, on average, people in the US South watch more gay porn than people in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

PornHub found that out of all 50 US states, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia had the biggest number of people searching for gay porn on the internet.

5.58% of porn searches by Mississippians was for gay porn, compared to 5.44% in Louisiana and 5.38% in Georgia.

December 13, 2013

Young LGBTI people who are forced out of their families homes through homophobia are particularly vulnerable

Poverty-stricken Namibians are turning to gay sex work to escape widespread unemployment, which is so bad it forces people to eat out of the garbage.

That’s according to leading Namibia sex workers rights campaigner Nicodemus ‘Mama Africa’ Aoxamub who told Gay Star News: ‘Poverty leads Namibian men to sell their bodies to eke out a living.’

Aoxamub has been a male sex worker for the past 33 years in the mineral rich Southern African country which has a high unemployment rate.

November 8, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp reports on his travel adventures in Southeast Asia

It's hard to do justice to Pattaya simply by writing about it.

Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it's hard to do an injustice to this city, which is known as the Brothel of Asia.

You need to visit Pattaya, about two hours’ drive from Bangkok, to even start to comprehend how huge the sex industry is here - miles upon miles of bars filled with workers selling sex to millions and millions of tourists.

Go-go bars - gay, straight and trans (ladyboy, katoey) - are more animal auction than beauty pageant.

October 1, 2013

Is there racism at the heart of gay pornography? Are depictions of black and Asian men exploiting prejudices about them?

Pornography and its alleged harmfulness has been a burning issue in politics and the media throughout 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron wants porn-filters, scientists want to know what porn does to our brains and the city of Los Angeles wants its porn performers to wear condoms at all times.

When it comes to gay porn though, there is plenty of discussion in academia but barely any in the media.

So let’s get started.

March 18, 2013

Emirates men stand accused of working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures

Two men have been entrapped and accused of working together to offer and solicit gay sex for money.

A Dubai court heard yesterday (17 March) that the two were caught in a ‘sting operation’ after police found one of the defendants offering sexual services on the social networking site Whoshere, with a profile nicknamed ‘Mayoud Al Barari’.

February 15, 2013

Arpad Miklos has become the latest gay porn star to kill himself. So are pornography fans killing the objects of their own desires?

As the debate rages on about the effect the ‘porn epidemic’ is having on our relationships, our youth, the expectations we have of our partners and our collective insecurity over whether we are measuring up sexually, I think it is time we gave some attention to the performers themselves.

Arpad Miklos is the latest in a steady procession of gay porn stars to die prematurely. He was found dead in his New York apartment on 3 February, having committed suicide. He was 45 years old.

February 5, 2013

Scientists believe pornography opens up the mind to accepting 'non-traditional' sexual situations, like gay sex

January 4, 2013

A former gay porn actor who found Jesus has posted an online video in which he says gay sex releases ‘demonic entities’ into the world

A former American gay porn actor who claims to have become heterosexual by embracing Christianity has released a bizarre video in which he claims that gay sex releases ‘demonic entities' into the world.

The video, entitled ‘Satan loves anal sex’ by former porn star Joseph Sciambra was posted YouTube on New Years Day.

‘I’m going to talk about the devil and why he loves anal sex,’ Sciambra says in the video.

‘Anal sex releases into the world rare demonic entities ... that even in the body could be conceived as the devil and ... given birth to anally.

December 5, 2012

Government draws up action plan to tackle male prostitution in cities including Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang

Gay male prostitution is on the increase in several cities across Vietnam, according to government officials.

Le Van Quy, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Bureau for Social Evil Prevention, claims a growing number of men are becoming gay sex workers in the South East Asian country, reported Vietnamnet Bridge.

November 19, 2012

Ilona Staller, also known as Cicciolina, 'little penis', launches a new movement promising same sex marriage 'in churches as well'

A former Italian porn star has founded a new political party promising same-sex marriage ‘in churches as well.’

Ilona Staller, also known as ‘Cicciolina’, has launched her new party, called D.N.A., two days ago, in Rome.

D.N.A, Democrazia, Natura e Amore (democracy, nature and love), will be the only political party running for the next general elections in March and promising same-sex marriage.

Cicciolina, who was a Member of Parliament for the Radical party in the 1980s, was one of the most famous Italian porn stars.

November 9, 2012

Bareback gay porn puts millions of viewers at risk, as well as the performers who make it, argues Alex Hopkins. Now Los Angeles citizens have voted enforce condom use

As we examine the fall-out from the re-election of Barack Obama, one thing is certain – American politics is a much more gay friendly place.

In Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin has voted in its first ever openly gay senator. An additional three gay men have joined the house of representatives and, more encouraging still, the approval of ballot initiatives means that gay people can get married in a further three states. While there’s work still to be done, the foundation for further advances in LGBT equality looks more solid than ever.

November 2, 2012

Adult film company wins damages against movie pirate in what is believed to be the biggest payout in such a case

An American man has been hit with a $1.5 million fine for illegally downloading gay porn movies.

Pornographic film company Flava Works was awarded $150,000 per film by a federal court in Illinois over claims that Kywan Fisher pirated their movies and uploaded them to file-sharing website BitTorrent.

According to Flava's court statements, they were downloaded or viewed 3,449 times.

October 10, 2012

Swinging Richards argued that city ordinance was not being enforced at female strip clubs

Male nude dancing will live on at Swinging Richards, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach that had sued the city for the right to continue to have its dancers perform in the buff.

The club agreed to drop its lawsuit which challenged a city ordinance that prohibited the mix of nudity and alcohol. In exchange, Swinging Richards and the straight strip clubs Dean’s Gold and G5 are no longer restricted by the 1994 ordinance.

Swinging Richards had argued that the ordinance was not being enforced against straight clubs in North Miami.