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Meet Stephanie Ausbart, The French Judge Who Slapped DSK With "Pimping" Charge

As Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers fight to have his civil suit dismissed in New York, he faces an even more difficult legal fight in the French city of Lille. Stephanie Ausbart, the magistrate who has just charged DSK with "aggravated pimping,

The Carlton Hotel in Lille is at the center of the charges in Strauss-Kahn's woes in France  (Tours59/WTO)
The Carlton Hotel in Lille is at the center of the charges in Strauss-Kahn's woes in France (Tours59/WTO)
Emeline Cazi and Ariane Chemin 

LILLE - The judge who has placed Dominique Strauss-Kahn under investigation for "aggravated pimping as part of an organized gang" is a woman, like the large majority of young magistrates in France. An attractive 37-year-old brunette with dark eyes, Stéphanie Ausbart is married and "a very hard-worker," according to all the lawyers who work with her. She is also described as a "stubborn."

The credentials and reputedly "incorruptible" character of the magistrate is one more factor stacked up against the former International Monetary Fund chief, whose U.S. lawyers are struggling to get him freed from a civil suit stemming from the encounter last year where a New York hotel maid said DSK sexually assaulted her.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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