Antisemitic "Rape Camp" Elmo's Real Name Is Dan -- And He's Kind Of A Perv
This is Dan Sandler (Not "Adam"). He started a website called "Welcome to Rape Camp." He now makes a living hugging kids in Central Park -- and the New York Times is protecting his identity.
The New York Times ran a story yesterday profiling a man who walks around Central Park hugging children while dressed as Elmo -- and whose antisemitic rant outside the Central Park Zoo was caught on tape earlier this week.
For whatever reason, the Times made a (poor) attempt to protect the man's true identity, referring to him in the article by his "legal name," "Adam Sandler."
Well, we've discovered that his real name is actually Dan Sandler -- and he's a bit on the perv-y side.
Sandler, as the Times points out (without giving his true identity), was arrested in Cambodia in 1999 after police caught wind of a website he was running called "Welcome to the Rape Camp."
We looked into the website -- pretty sick stuff.
The following is from a study done by the University of Rhode Island on sexual exploitation and the Internet in Cambodia. It was published in the Journal of Sexual Aggression in 2000:
In October 1999, an American living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia announced that he was adding a live bondage sex show to his Internet site (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 14 October 1999). His pornography web site, "Rape Camp," featured "Asian sex slaves" who were used for "bondage, discipline and humiliation." The women on the web site were blindfolded, gagged and/or bound with ropes while being used in sex acts; some had clothespins clipped to their breasts (Xinhua News Agency, 8 November 1999). Viewers were encouraged to "humiliate these Asian sex slaves to your hearts content" (Welcome to the Rape Camp, March 2000). Expanded service was to feature live interactive Internet transmission of bondage sex shows from Cambodia with pay-per-view access in which customers could relay requests for torture that would be fulfilled within seconds (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 14 October 1999). The fees were US$15 for 10 minutes, US$40 for 30 minutes, and US$75 for 60 minutes (Fees to see Asian bondage, March 2000).
The pornographer justified his venture in sexualized torture by saying, "I wanted a niche that I knew would sell" (AP World News, 22 October 1999). He explained, "There is a big market in the U.S. for Asian women. ... And when I start making money, I'll pay 10 percent in taxes. If I'm successful, I could get a lot of other guys doing it and get a lot of tax revenue" (Associated Press, 14 October 1999). He told the English-language newspaper Cambodia Daily that women were the "biggest asset to export to the U.S." (Agence France Presse, 7 November 1999). His web site also promoted prostitution tourism to men visiting Cambodia.
Sandler writes off his Cambodian arrest as a "sex scandal."
But wait, there's more...
After getting deported back to the United States, Sandler got a job with the Girl Scouts. However, he lost that job (thank god) and turned to dressing up as Elmo and soliciting tips from tourists in Central Park.
So, there you have it: the "Elmo" you let hug your kids in Central Park is actually "Welcome to Rape Camp" founder Dan Sandler -- and the New York Times is protecting his identity.
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