Justice for Mariora Goschen and child pornography victims.
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In 1969 Polydor Records released a self-titled record by Blind Faith. On the cover of the record is a naked, 11-year-old girl named Mariora Goschen. Initially Bob Seidemann, the photographer, wanted a 14-year-old girl to pose naked, but thought 14 was too old. He met with the girl's parents, found out she had a younger sister (11). Somehow he was able to coerce her and her parents into letting her pose naked for the cover photo of the album.
Obtaining, owning, and/or possessing child pornography is illegal, and that's the bottom line. These extremely privileged, white men took advantage of an 11-year-old girl, paid her $40 and that was that. They also promised her a horse, as some sort of sick joke. Imagine being 11 years old, being told to strip naked by your parents, by strange men, one with a camera photographing you, all the while not really knowing why. If it were not for their white privilege, if it were not for their power, these people would be in jail.
It is time to take action against Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Bob Seidemann, and all the execs at Polydor Records at the time this was released. Even if Goschen did not proceed with action against them, we must take a stand for other child pornography victims. We must take a stand again white privilege, against these awful men, to make the future safe for children, for POC, for all of us.
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