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An award-winning creative producer has been forced to announce that she is ‘not available for sex’ after she received an inappropriate message whilst searching for freelance work.

Emma Thomas, from London, was using LinkedIn to put her skills as a creative producer and project manager on the job market when she received the proposition from a man, who she did not name, looking to buy her ‘company’.

Ms Thomas, who specialises in ‘edgy’ PR events and is known as Miss Cakehead in the business, has worked for high-profile brands including Twitter, Cadbury, UberEats and Kopparberg, but was still targeted by a man looking for a sexual partner, rather than an employee.

She shared the exchange on LinkedIn alongside a lengthy post calling out ‘men preying on young girls’ using the platform. 

Emma Thomas, from London, was using LinkedIn to put her skills as a creative producer and project manager on the job market when she received the proposition from a man

Emma Thomas, from London, was using LinkedIn to put her skills as a creative producer and project manager on the job market when she received the proposition from a man

Emma Thomas, from London, was using LinkedIn to put her skills as a creative producer and project manager on the job market when she received the proposition from a man 

She shared the exchange on LinkedIn alongside a lengthy post calling out 'men preying on young girls' using the platform. Pictured, a screen shot of the text

She shared the exchange on LinkedIn alongside a lengthy post calling out 'men preying on young girls' using the platform. Pictured, a screen shot of the text

She shared the exchange on LinkedIn alongside a lengthy post calling out ‘men preying on young girls’ using the platform. Pictured, a screen shot of the text

The unidentified man made contact with Ms Thomas on LinkedIn before contacting her via text where he asked her if she was available for work before adding: ‘How would you feel if I paid you for some company and time of yours?’

Ms Thomas took to LinkedIn to publicly share her experiences along with screenshots of the suggestive messages she received.

She wrote: ‘I AM NOT AVAILABLE FOR SEX. Anyone reading my CV will see I am a kick a**e creative producer / project manager / creative not a sex worker! I am also f***ing furious.

‘I am so angry that anyone should try to take advantage of the dire job situation right now in such a way.

‘Feel freaked out and utterly degraded, something which I am sure will have a huge impact on my job hunting psyche today.’

Ms Thomas said that while she is made of ‘tough’ stuff she is ‘shocked’ and ‘feels sick’ worrying for the young girls who will be preyed on in the same way whilst looking for a job.

The woman, from Margate and London, said the messages she received made her feel 'freaked out and utterly degraded'

The woman, from Margate and London, said the messages she received made her feel 'freaked out and utterly degraded'

The woman, from Margate and London, said the messages she received made her feel ‘freaked out and utterly degraded’

The creative producer and director, who goes by the name Miss Cakehead, took to LinkedIn to share her disgust at the inappropriate responses

The creative producer and director, who goes by the name Miss Cakehead, took to LinkedIn to share her disgust at the inappropriate responses

The creative producer and director, who goes by the name Miss Cakehead, took to LinkedIn to share her disgust at the inappropriate responses 

She said the text message she shared in the post, which began by asking her if she was still looking for work, had made her feel ‘so happy and positive’ that clients were looking for freelancers after a lull during the pandemic, then the harasser asked to buy her ‘company’.

Ms Thomas added: ‘To be honest I am left feeling really heartbroken about our industry in general.

‘In 2020 can women really not put their phone number on their CV!’

Ms Thomas believes that the same man has been contacting vulnerable women whose incomes have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said: ‘There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind the only reason he thought he could do this is because I was vulnerable.

‘Trying to coerce me into doing something I clearly don’t advertise, like booking a builder to bake you a cake.

‘As one of the #forgotten5percent, who is a sole director of a Ltd company, he’s right I am vulnerable. I have had no government help as the career I have spent years building up plummeted off a cliff face.’

The creative producer has been turned down for numerous admin roles and jobs in supermarkets for being ‘too experienced’.

Tomer Cohen, Global Head of Product at LinkedIn responded to Ms Thomas’s post, thanking her for bravely sharing what happened to her and vowed any such behaviour on LinkedIn would not be tolerated

Tomer Cohen, Global Head of Product at LinkedIn responded to Ms Thomas’s post, thanking her for bravely sharing what happened to her and vowed any such behaviour on LinkedIn would not be tolerated

Tomer Cohen, Global Head of Product at LinkedIn responded to Ms Thomas’s post, thanking her for bravely sharing what happened to her and vowed any such behaviour on LinkedIn would not be tolerated

Due to the amount of attention the post has received, over 1.5 million views, Ms Thomas says she is unable to use her LinkedIn account to look for work.

Ms Thomas added: ‘I have stopped looking [for work] – it’s just broken me. The story going viral has made my LinkedIn profile almost impossible to use.’

While she has received some responses from employers after the post, Ms Thomas says that the PR and events industry is ‘on its knees’.

The post was met with a tide of support, as well as ‘entitled’ comments from men ‘mansplaining how to get a job and telling me I shouldn’t have said I had “transferable skills”’, Ms Thomas said, ‘in some ways that’s been more upsetting than the initial text’.

‘I had no idea that people held these sexist views until now, 90 per cent of the workforce I work with are men. And my best friends are men. It’s been an eyeopener.

‘But many of the men [who are doing the harassment] are hiding behind blank profiles, for the ones that have employment history I am contacting their HR department, I’ve had enough.’

Ms Thomas’s message: ‘Judge people by the ability to do their job not their sex or looks, anything else is discriminatory.’

Other LinkedIn users shared their disgust at the inappropriate messages and suggested the social platform needs to do more to protect its users

Other LinkedIn users shared their disgust at the inappropriate messages and suggested the social platform needs to do more to protect its users

Other LinkedIn users shared their disgust at the inappropriate messages and suggested the social platform needs to do more to protect its users

Tomer Cohen, Global Head of Product at LinkedIn responded to Ms Thomas’s post, writing: ‘Emma, thank you for bravely sharing your experience, and I want you to know you are supported by our LinkedIn community.

‘While the interaction in your post did not happen on LinkedIn, we’re listening carefully and working hard to make sure LinkedIn is a safe, professional, and trusted environment.

‘Harassment has no place on LinkedIn. It is completely unacceptable and would not be tolerated. To keep you and our members safe, our teams work every day to stop inappropriate behavior, including new protections you’ll start seeing soon.

‘I appreciate you sharing your experience and standing up against harassment.’

Ms Thomas has said she does not believe LinkedIn has done enough to stop sexual advances being made on their platform.

She said: ‘LinkedIn needs to do more to help users report comments not just block people, some of the things that have been said to me like I’m “flat-chested, and look trans” could be triggering for others, not just me.’

Ms Thomas said these types of sexual advances have been seen before in the case of Charlotte Proudman, who accused a lawyer of using LinkedIn ‘like Tinder’ after he commented on her profile picture.

Ms Thomas tweeted in response to LinkedIn: ‘I think you need to try and do better than give it lip service- my post has had over 1.6 million views – resonating with so many different women.’

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Hunter Biden ‘sent money to people with ties to Eastern European prostitution,’ GOP report alleges

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Hunter Biden allegedly sent ‘thousands of dollars’ to people who may have been involved in Eastern European prostitution and sex trafficking rings, according to report released on Wednesday by Senate Republicans.

The report cited unspecified records which indicate that Biden ‘has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.’

The 87-page report was released on Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee, and focuses on Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine

Senator Ron Johnson

Senator Ron Johnson

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden

A report released by a group of Senate Republicans headed by Senator Ron Johnson (left) alleges that Hunter Biden (right) sent thousands of dollars to individuals who may have been linked to Eastern European prostitution and sex trafficking rings

‘The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what “appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring”.’

The allegations were mentioned in a footnote to a part of the report that delves into ‘criminal concerns and extortion threats’ involving Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family, according to the New York Post.

The report also mentions ‘extensive public reporting concerning Hunter Biden’s alleged involvement with prostitution services.’

‘Records on file with the Committees do not directly confirm or refute these individual reports,’ the report says.

‘However, they do confirm that Hunter Biden sent thousands of dollars to individuals who have either: 1) been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking; 2) an association with the adult entertainment industry; or 3) potential association with prostitution.’

The report also revealed that Biden had a ‘financial relationship’ with the widow of a Moscow mayor who was ousted over corruption allegations. 

The report did not implicate Joe Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said ‘cashed in’ on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

It also states that on Valentine’s Day in 2014, Hunter Biden’s company Rosemont Seneca Thornton received a $3.5 million wire from Elena Baturina, a Russian billionaire and the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. 

Hunter Biden had a 'financial relationship' with the ex-wife of a Moscow mayor who was ousted over corruption allegations, according to a report from Republican senators

Hunter Biden had a 'financial relationship' with the ex-wife of a Moscow mayor who was ousted over corruption allegations, according to a report from Republican senators

Hunter Biden had a ‘financial relationship’ with the ex-wife of a Moscow mayor who was ousted over corruption allegations, according to a report from Republican senators

Biden's firm received a $35 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina (above)

Biden's firm received a $35 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina (above)

Baturina with Vladimir Putin

Baturina with Vladimir Putin

Biden’s firm received a $35 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina (left, and right with Vladimir Putin), the richest woman in Russia with a fortune of $1.2 billion

In 2010, Russia’s president fired Luzhkov as mayor over corruption allegations, which were never proven in court prior to his death last year.

Baturina, with an estimated fortune of $1.2 billion, is the richest woman in Russia. Much of her fortune was built with construction firm Inteco, which dominated the construction business in Moscow, thanks in part to lucrative government contracts.

The GOP report also states that between May 6, 2015 and December 8, 2015, Baturina sent 11 wires in the amount of $391,968.21 to a bank account belonging to BAK USA LLC, a technology startup based in Buffalo, New York. The transactions all listed ‘Loan Agreement’ in the payment details section.

Nine of the 11 transactions, totaling $241,797.14 were first sent from Baturina’s accounts to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton bank account, which then transferred to the money to BAK USA, according to the report.

BAK USA, which proposed to manufacture computer tablets in partnership with unnamed Chinese partners, was repeatedly touted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a success story in his tax-break scheme to lure startups. 

The company filed for bankruptcy liquidation in 2019 with $39.4 million in debts and just $147,000 in assets. It’s unclear what connection Hunter Biden or his firm had to the now-defunct company.

Baturina is the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov (with her above). In 2010, Russia's president fired Luzhkov as mayor over corruption allegations, which were never proven

Baturina is the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov (with her above). In 2010, Russia's president fired Luzhkov as mayor over corruption allegations, which were never proven

Baturina is the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov (with her above). In 2010, Russia’s president fired Luzhkov as mayor over corruption allegations, which were never proven

The report also highlighted payments that Baturina made to Hunter Biden's firm, which were then passed on to a tech startup in Buffalo touted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (above). The startup, BAK USA, later declared bankruptcy with net debt of $39 million

The report also highlighted payments that Baturina made to Hunter Biden's firm, which were then passed on to a tech startup in Buffalo touted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (above). The startup, BAK USA, later declared bankruptcy with net debt of $39 million

The report also highlighted payments that Baturina made to Hunter Biden’s firm, which were then passed on to a tech startup in Buffalo touted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (above). The startup, BAK USA, later declared bankruptcy with net debt of $39 million

Joe Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Wednesday seeking comment about his alleged financial relationship with Baturina.

However, Biden’s campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks before the election, as an effort by an ally of President Donald Trump’s to damage his election opponent. 

The campaign said the investigation was founded on ‘a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory’ and, even before the report was released, issued a detailed statement aiming to rebut point-by-point allegations that it said had long been debunked by media organizations as well as by U.S. and Ukrainian officials. 

Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine remains a prominent line of attack in conservative circles heading into the election. 

Trump himself has repeatedly drawn attention to the issue, with his request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens spurring an impeachment case against him. 

The report did not implicate Joe Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said 'cashed in' on his father's position as vice president

The report did not implicate Joe Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said 'cashed in' on his father's position as vice president

The report did not implicate Joe Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said ‘cashed in’ on his father’s position as vice president

He’s continued to trumpet the claims even as his own administration has warned of a concerted Russian effort to denigrate Joe Biden and has asserted that a Ukrainian lawmaker who is involved in spreading an ‘unsubstantiated’ anti-Biden narrative has been an ‘active Russian agent’ for over a decade.

The investigation, from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee, produced stark political divisions. 

Democrats have accused Republican Senator Ron Johnson, the Homeland Security chair, of a politically motivated initiative at a time when they say the committee should be focused on the pandemic response and other, less partisan issues.

Johnson has acknowledged in interviews that he hoped to complete the report before the election, telling The Associated Press last month that the ‘American people deserve the truth’ about his probe. 

But he has also been on the defensive over Democratic accusations that his investigation was serving to amplify Russian disinformation. He has denied receiving information from Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian lawmaker singled out by intelligence officials. 

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Sydney teenager is fined just $500 for starting a fire during Australia’s bushfire season 

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A teenager who set off illegal fireworks in a park which started a blaze that came close to homes during Australia’s devastating bushfire season has been fined $500.

Fadi Zraika, one of two 18-year-old men who who set off the fireworks at Bright Park, Guildford, western Sydney, on December 22, smirked outside Parramatta Local Court and mocked reporters after being fined on Wednesday.

The fireworks started a fire that came dangerously close to homes and the NSW Rural Fire Service were forced to take resources away from other fires to put it out. 

Fadi Zraika (pictured) was one of two 18-year-old men who who set off the fireworks at Bright Park, Guildord, western Sydney, on December 22

Fadi Zraika (pictured) was one of two 18-year-old men who who set off the fireworks at Bright Park, Guildord, western Sydney, on December 22

Fadi Zraika (pictured) was one of two 18-year-old men who who set off the fireworks at Bright Park, Guildord, western Sydney, on December 22

The fireworks started a fire that came dangerously close to homes and the NSW Rural Fire Service were forced to take resources away from other fires to put it out (Bright Park pictured)

The fireworks started a fire that came dangerously close to homes and the NSW Rural Fire Service were forced to take resources away from other fires to put it out (Bright Park pictured)

The fireworks started a fire that came dangerously close to homes and the NSW Rural Fire Service were forced to take resources away from other fires to put it out (Bright Park pictured)

Police alleged Zraika and his distant relative Abraham Zreika’s actions lit the fire after Zrieka used a cigarette lighter to light the fireworks that triggered grassfires.

Zraika’s lawyer told the court his client was the main breadwinner in his household, Parramatta Advertiser reported.  

‘He doesn’t need the book thrown at him. He’s an offender that’s before the court has learned a lesson,’ he said. 

‘Unfortunately it’s a young man of our community that didn’t take heed of what was going on.’ 

The prosecution pushed for a conviction as Zraika’s actions happened when the country was gripped by devastating fires. 

The magistrate thanked the RFS for their actions.

Zraika made headlines earlier this year for laughing outside of court and filming reporters

Zraika made headlines earlier this year for laughing outside of court and filming reporters

Zraika made headlines earlier this year for laughing outside of court and filming reporters

‘The air was filled with smoke, there was a large loss of property, huge areas burnt out, and deaths,’ Magistrate Tim Keady told the court, Nine News reported. 

‘Throwing fireworks into a park was bound to cause a problem. It would have been obvious.’

He told Zraika he was old enough to function as an adult and convicted him, and fined him $500.

Zraika’s co-accused was fined $1,500 and convicted of negligently handling explosives to cause property damage, having a knife in a public place, and not disclosing his identity. 

Australia's bushfire season devastated the country from September 2019 to early 2020 (pictured, fire in Bilpin)

Australia's bushfire season devastated the country from September 2019 to early 2020 (pictured, fire in Bilpin)

Australia’s bushfire season devastated the country from September 2019 to early 2020 (pictured, fire in Bilpin)

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New Zealand shearer discovers enormous ram living in a forestry block near his station 

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A New Zealand shearer has discovered a huge fluffy sheep – dubbed Shrek 2 – living next to his station.   

Rob Faulkner, who works at Wairakaia Station on the North Island, said the wild sheep had avoided shearing for about five years by living in a nearby forestry block. 

‘Every attempt we made in the past to muster the animal failed. Over time sheep like it become a bit feral and get very cunning,’ Mr Faulkner told The Gisborne Herald

A New Zealand farmer discovered a massive sheep named Shrek 2 (pictured) that had been living in a forest block next to his station and avoided being shorn for five years

A New Zealand farmer discovered a massive sheep named Shrek 2 (pictured) that had been living in a forest block next to his station and avoided being shorn for five years

A New Zealand farmer discovered a massive sheep named Shrek 2 (pictured) that had been living in a forest block next to his station and avoided being shorn for five years  

Shrek 2 was named after another New Zealand ram named Shrek (pictured) who was discovered with a record breaking 27kg fleece in 2004 and gained international fame

Shrek 2 was named after another New Zealand ram named Shrek (pictured) who was discovered with a record breaking 27kg fleece in 2004 and gained international fame

Shrek 2 was named after another New Zealand ram named Shrek (pictured) who was discovered with a record breaking 27kg fleece in 2004 and gained international fame 

Shrek 2 was named after a Merino that gained international fame in 2004 after he was found on New Zealand’s South Island with a fleece around 27kgs. 

Mr Faulkner said he was in awe when he first discovered the enormous sheep.  

‘A few weeks ago it got into the back paddock and I realised just what a magnificent sheep it was,’ he explained. 

The shearer said he was unsure of the sheep’s weight or gender but would find out at the Poverty Bay A&P Spring Show. 

‘We are working on a ‘guess the weight of the fleece’ competition, and at some time on the Friday afternoon of the show, Shrek 2 will be shorn,’ he said. 

The original Shrek was discovered in Tarras, a tiny farming community, and evaded the annual shearing round-ups for seven years.  

Shrek’s owner John Perriam described him as ‘an elderly statesman’. 

Shrek (pictured) avoided shearing for seven years by hiding in caves around his farm Shrek (pictured) avoided shearing for seven years by hiding in caves around his farm

Shrek (pictured) avoided shearing for seven years by hiding in caves around his farm 

Shrek was toured around the country for charity events in the back of a van by musterer Danny Devine (left) and owner John Perriam (right) Shrek was toured around the country for charity events in the back of a van by musterer Danny Devine (left) and owner John Perriam (right)

Shrek was toured around the country for charity events in the back of a van by musterer Danny Devine (left) and owner John Perriam (right) 

Mr Perriam said Shrek was able to survive the winters and avoid detection by moving about a series of sheltered caves and by munching on small native shrubs.

‘It’s bizarre that we missed him seven years in a row,’ he said.

‘But from his point of view, it was the perfect environment.’

Shrek was one of about 17,000 sheep on the the 27,000-acre farm.

After Shrek became a star, Mr Perriam gave him his own barn and showroom.

Shrek even had a personal carer to look after him when he became sick, before being put to sleep at the age of 17 in 2011. 

A ram dubbed Shrek II was also discovered in regional New South Wales in 2018. 

He was located near the Warrumbungle National Park, 550 kilometres northwest of Sydney, with a massive fleece weighing in at 30kg. 

A ram also dubbed Shrek II (pictured) was found by New South Wales farmers in 2018 with more than 30kgs of wool

A ram also dubbed Shrek II (pictured) was found by New South Wales farmers in 2018 with more than 30kgs of wool

A ram also dubbed Shrek II (pictured) was found by New South Wales farmers in 2018 with more than 30kgs of wool

 

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