Mia Khalifa speaks out after eight women die in US massage parlour shootings
Mia Khalifa has spoken out about the shocking spate of massage parlour shootings in the US that left eight people dead.
Many of the victims were women of Asian descent and police said the shootings happened at a massage parlour in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta, Georgia, and two spas in the city itself.
Former Pornhub star Mia, who was born in Lebanon but is also an American citizen, shared two posts on her Instagram account about the horrific bloodshed.
One said: "Asian women are your punchlines. Sex workers are your punchlines. You f***ing did this."
A second read: "To all the media. Say what it is. 8 Asian women killed in mass shooting hate crime by a white terrorist."
Police in Georgia said a 21-year-old man has been arrested and is thought to be the suspect in all the shootings. No motive has yet been established.
However, hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.
The pandemic originated in China.
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Last week President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated".
The first shooting happened at around 5pm local time on Tuesday at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, Cherokee County.
Two people died at the scene and three were taken to hospital, where two more died. The victims were two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, and a Hispanic man who had been wounded.
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There was another shooting an hour later at Gold Spa in Atlanta, where three women were killed, and officers were then called to a spa across the street, called Aromatherapy Spa, where they found another woman shot dead.
All four Atlanta victims were said to be Asian women.
Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, after a manhunt.
Authorities say it is too early to know if the victims were targeted because of their race or ethnicity, but the group Stop AAPI Hate (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) called it "an unspeakable tragedy".
It tweeted: "Right now there is a great deal of fear and pain in the Asian American community that must be addressed."
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