The Daily Herald from Chicago, Illinois on February 14, 1977 · Page 5
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The Daily Herald from Chicago, Illinois · Page 5

Chicago, Illinois
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Monday, February 14, 1977
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Section I Monday, February 14, 1977 THE HERALD Protest of child pornography sales today A group of "outraged citizens" today will march along the 400 block of south State Street in Chicago protesting the selling of child pornography in adult book stores lining the street. The protesters will carry pickets in an effort to pressure customers and adult book store owners to stop distribution of pornographic magazines and films featuring children, Je- Lambertl. protest organizer said. The campaign is being launched in nine cities across the country today by Odyssey House, a New York Organization that deals with the sexual, emotional or physical abuse of children. The group has scheduled a news conference in Washington and demonstrations picketing adult book stores in eight cities where it is said child pornography is openly sold. THE PICKETS, it said, will ask adult book store customers "why they patronize and thereby condone the c o n t i n u e d destructive sexual exploitation of children." Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, national director of Odyssey House, said pickets also will be out in Detroit, Boston, New York, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Shreveport, La., and Manchester, N,H. Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., is sponsoring the Washington news conference in which Odyssey House will show hard-core films and display a flood of magazines, playing cards and other novelty items to document the open aviiilability of children's pornography. SOME CHILDREN pictured in the- pornographic material are described by Odyssey House as runaways. Others are addicts seeking a few dollars to feed a drug habit. Still others, it said, are offspring of parents who sell their children's services or even the children themselves to individuals for profit. Children's pornography isn't cheap. Susan Pappas, Odyssey House's information director, said one magazine called "Moppets" -- with 40 pages of photographs of nude girls ages 3 and older "in all these strange poses" -sells for $7.50. Other magazines -- "Lollitots," featuring little girls, and 'Oh Boy," showing nude little boys -- have similar price tags'. EIGHT MILLIMETER films that "look like they were edited in some- Local stores void of youthful obscenity A survey of Northwest suburban adult book stores show the local businesses are not selling pornographic magazines and films featuring children. An employe of an adult bookstore in the 700 block of Milwaukee Road, Wheeling Township, said the store "tries to keep a low profile" and does not carry child pornography, "although Chicago has it." Another adult book store on Rand Road In Palatine Township offers peep shows for a quarter, but nothing which includes preteen-agers or small children. JOE LAMBERTI, a director of Odyssey House, an organization dealing with abuses of children, speaking before a group of suburban citizens in Glen Ellyn last week, said "Our first priority is to get child pornography off the streets of Chicago. We must get rid of this exploitation of children." Lambert! called the use of preteens in pornographic presentations "a billion-dollar-a-year operation." Frank Osanka, associate professor at Lewis University in Glen Ellyn, said that using children in the controversial films and magazines "is a rape of the intellect. The whole thing represents a severe attack on the basic fiber of American culture." Osanka, who teaches a course called "Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Treatment," speaks strongly against sexual exploitation of children, changing it impairs proper g r o w t h and behavior. He cited Charles Manson as an example of what could happen to children who are sexually abused. BOTH OSANKA and Manson had attended the Father Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute, Ind., although the infamous convicted killer preceded the professor by one year. "My part in all of this is really nothing more than as an outraged citizen," Osanka said. "This has got to be stopped." Lamberti showed the Glen. Ellyn group copies of a magazine named "Lollitots" featuring photos of nude preteen-age girls in various poses. The magazine's publisher was listed as Delta Publishing Co., Inc., from Wilmington, Del, but a check with telephone seryices did not have a telephone number registered to that agency. THE MAGAZINE lists its distributor as Parliament News, 11085 Olinda St., Sun Valley, Cal., but a. spokesman for Parliament News said last week "I don't recall ever having done business with a Delta Publishing Company. I don't think I've even heard of it." body's basement," she said, sell for $30 each. One film to be shown at the Washington news conference, "Suzy and Her'Little Brother," stars a 10-year- old girl and an 8-year-old boy. Ms. Pappas said they engage in numerous types of sex acts, with the little girl often turning toward the camera as if seeking instructions on what to do next. A second film to be shown -- "Lollipops" -- features three boys ages 10 to 13. The two films run a total of 20 minutes, Ms. Pappas said, but only about 5 seconds would be fit for news photo or television news presentations. THEY DON'T waste any time in these films," she explained. Odyssey House knows of cases, she said, where "parents get together with a camera, invite some friends over and film various things with their kids and their friends' kids. Some parents actually do sell their kids to other people for the use." CHICAGO WORKMEN put finishing touches on. second section of a 12-ton, 55-foot barrier wall at Lake and Wabash which will act as a restrainer in the event of another "L" crash. On Feb. 4, I I persons died and nearly 200 were injured when two "L" trains collided during the rush hour. Four cars derailed with one dropping into the street. Two other cars were left hanging from the structure. Illinois briefs Lawmakers facing Thompson's anger In more than a month of balloting for Illinois Senate president, Alice in Wonderland. Winnie the Pooh and Big Bird have received votes. One citizen has suggested the lawmakers be shot and even the morning prayer has run into trouble. The one task left undone: election of a Senate President. Gov. James Thompson, trapped on the podium until the deadlock is broken, is fed up with the situation after droning through 1R2 oral roll calls at the same time he is trying to organize his cabinet and put together a budget. He says the lawmakers will have to physically carry him off the floor if they want to adjourn this week before a president is picked. 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