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t about the decision and what it can mean in it the future. >> thank you for watching, "america tonight" is next. see you again in an hour. . >> bye-bye. on"america tonight" n urgent warning for tens of thousands of american women, surgery and why there's increased worry that it mite spread cancer. >> i did not know initially. it's not something they tell you when they say your surgery which went well. they don't say your surgery wept well and very shredded things up. >> also tonight - bargain bed or
bad deal. new york city wakes up to new, not always welcome neighbours. >> people they didn't know had keys to the front doors of the building. were in their hallways. elevators with no explanation. >> lori jane gliha on how the temporary residents are breaking the war. >> a top frequent in travel. why lawmakers think it's ruling the neighbourhood thank you for joining us. we want a travel bargain, luxury style, a chance to enjoy a visit to another city at a great price. the hot hook up at the moment is air b and b giving travellers a chance to rent homes and apartments direct from owners in 34,000 cities around the world. sound good? the welcome mat to this home sharing is being pulled in in one of america's hottest
destinations new york city. lori jane gliha investigates why? >> it makes me nervous. >> reporter: john lived in this building since 1992 he and others say apartments occupied by neighbours have been rented out for days or weeks at a time. >> reporter: what have you observed? >> we serve suitcases. it's transient. instead of people living here and committing to the building and neighbourhood, they are coming and going. i don't feel they have the same attitude that i do. >> reporter: air b&b is supposed to be about people sharing space in their homes. new york state senator liz kruggar said she started to hear complaints. >> people they didn't know had keys to the front doors of the building. were in the hallways elevators
with no explanation. sometimes there were loud parties with large groups of people. >> in new york city it's illegal to rent out your apartment for fewer that 30 days unless you are living there too. a report last year found 72% of air b&b rentals were illegal. they were short-term representals of apartments -- rentals of apartment, something called illegal hotelling. >> every time an affordable apartment leaves the mash it adds to the problem, and everyone else who is trying to aforth to lie in the city of new york. it's a shrinking world. >> shrinking because 13,000 apartments and homes are i can't remember-round short-term rentals on air b&b. >> that's according to the website inside air b&b.
which strains the data. >> i rented this apartment. with rental and cleaning it cost 325 for one night. it's clear no one is living here and it's the short-term rental taking away apartments from new yorkers. >> here is the break down. rental $22 are 5. i paid a $35 service fee to air b&b. the company charges a 3% host fee. it made $44 off the one inform night stay. >> i talked to a couple of residents and found the tenants divided. >> what did you think when people represented their place. >> i was surprised. i support it. i would like to rent my place. i would do that. being in midtown, it's become
more of a concern. i'm opposed to it. the host has a total of five liftings, giving the appearance that he's not apartment sharing, but running a business. this is lori jane gliha, i wanted to touch base... >> reporter: i tried calling to see if he'd talk. he didn't answer emails text or voices. air b&b has 3,000 listings by people like him, renting multiple apartments according to inside air b&b. >> we need stronger enforcement in the city to prevent this illegal activity happening. we need increased fines. if you are representing out apartments that are supposed to be available for residents of the city of new york as a business model - sorry, find a legal business. most of us have to find legal
ways to make an income. >> david is the head of public policy for air b&b. the company profits off the rental. whether it's legal or not. >> we have gone through issues. people want to come and experience neighbourhoods. what is incredible is when you stay in a hotel. you stay in times square. when you come into air b&b and everywhere else and new york we see a big demand for that for experiencing new york like new yorkers do. >> what would you say to the people that have multiple liftings. should they get off b&b. >> hard for them. >> would you be happy for them to start. >> we are focused on the people that do it in their own homes. that's what is great. that's what we focused on. >> reporter: he's talking about air b&b host kerin and their husband.
they rent a room in their brooklyn apartment on and off. >> how much has it helped your family. >> an enormous amount. i don't think we'd be in new york if we couldn't host. >> it would be the extra cushion to not be sprurp surprised. >> i'm an actor and dresser on broadway and make-up artist. i have a variety of jobs most of which i could not go in other places. >> the green bergs like the cultural aspects of being a host. it's an opportunity to bring other cultures and just wonderful people from all over the world into their home. >> john worries it's an opportunity for landlords to pressure him from his home for the past 23 years. his manhattan apartment, because short-term rentals on air b&b can bring more money than a rent
check. >> this is a phenomenon that is happening. it's not going away. it's drawing more and more nationwide. what is the happy medium? >> probably they are happy if everyone is happy. protecting the public living in the city of new york. i don't see it's a negotiation. i feel strongly that the concept of sharing, a sense of community, being responsible for each other and being responsible citizens. it's being exploited by marketing companies who have decided that using the term sharing can mask what is going on. >> reporter: does it bother you the senator doesn't think there's a happy medium. >> she's entitled to her opinion. it's unfortunate she kapt get past the thought pass. she's wrong. she takes it too far.
in most other cities around the world. companies like air b&b, platforms like ours are helping the citizens, experiencing new thinks. they are embracing the things of finding out where to draw smart fines. it's the only thing we need to work on. >> in new york where most air b and b rentals are illegal, there may be more than that to work on. new yorkers like john reid don't end up singing the blues. >> "america tonight" - lori jane gliha is back with us. i can understand why this would be an attractive option if you are looking to travel in the big city. how did you like it. >> took less than five minutes to get the conformation. when we got to new york city we had to met a buy. he came up with the keys.
>> there isn't a front desk. >> he let me in showed me out to use the buzzer. when i got into the room he showed me what it was advertised as. >> if new york state wants to caj down how do they do that. individuals represent out. how do they crack down. >> one thing the city council asked for is extra money in the budgeted. they want to increase staff, and have 25 more people that can crack down on the hotels. air b&b is saying that they need to adjust the law so they don't pick on the little guys. they have offered to help start collecting taxes on behalf of the host and deliver it to the city bringing in there 20 million. they are at this impasse right now, is this just a problem for new york. where the represent is high and
hotel rates are high? >> no this company is in more than 34,000 cities, 190 different countries. every time they are in some pleas, they'll deal with the laws. c.j. sapong put in a brand new law. now they want to make amendments to this restricting how long residents will allow someone to stay in their place. los angeles discusses adding regulations. >> there's hurdles to go through each time they open up in a new city. thank you. next - running for their lives. tragedy on the high seas points to the deadly risks many take for freedom. >> they want a new beginning in europe and risk everything - their own lives, family's lives in order to do that. >> a report from sicily. >> later an urgent warning about
done wrong. we return to paul brennan in sicily understanding why so many are ready to make the risky journey. >> when i first arrived wednesday, the whole kee said was our own. there was no one else here. the world's media opened up to the importance of the story and the issue of the migration. it's not just about the numbers, it's about two central questions. the two things for me is the difference between raw data quoted by the coast guard and the navy and the real people behind the raw data we talked about people who fled hardship from war to make this gruelling journey from north africa to syria, across the sea to europe. the other thing this is not reflected adequately is the difference in attitude between people in sicily and people who
are compassionate to the flight of the migrants. and the attitude elsewhere in non-europe where there's huge reluctance to accept the burden offering asylum for example. >> the coast card this is the one that brought in survivors. 27 people off a boat that could have had more than 800 on board. you can see how awful the loss of life has been in several days. the more time i spent here the more i realise how complex the solutions to the crisis has to be. it's not just a case of preventing boats setting out from the port it will be an almost impossible task. the people that may be the crossing who di trying are literally prepared to risk their lives, lives of conflict and
poverty, they want a new beginning in europe and will risk everything their lives, their i know lives. when politicians met in brussels and other capitals to work out what to do. they need to realise that it's conflict and poverty that drives these people onwards to make the journeys. without addressing the bigger issues talks of putting wheels in boats, and turning migrants back before they leave the waters is not going to stem the tide. >> bob brenly in sicily -- paul brennan in sicily. we learn that the crisis looks to get worse. the numbers of migrants that died in the mediterranean and 30 times higher than this point last year. the international organization for migration reports 1727 died in the mediterranean already this year
when we return new warnings about a routine procedure millions of american women had. and the unlikely voice joining the fight to curb it. wednesday on the program - an inmate take over led by the prisoner who announced this is my gaol. >> one woman was fixing them home cooked meals. one woman smuggling him personal pills he could take. >> adam may with a shocking look behind bars and a more surprising warning about who is keeping watch on our prisons. >> dangerous... >> we have shackles with spit bag... >> they're still having nightmares >> if you can't straighten out your kids... >> they're mine >> al jazeera america presents camp last resort
thousands face in this country every year. now there is a growing concern about the use of a device the power morselator in certain surgery ribs, the f.d.a. issued a strong warning against it. now health insurance companies are joining the call for curbing the use of the device. one woman who knows the risks first hand shared her story with "america tonight"s sara hoy. >> reporter: it is the last place a successful boston anesthesiologist or mother of six expected to be in a hospital ward as a cancer patient, accompanied by her husband, a boston heart surgeon. they received the news amy had a rare and deadly form of cancer. stage 4. >> it was a complete shock. when they called me a week later and said "are you home alone or someone with you" i knew that
that was not a good thing. i didn't even - it was not on the radar screen. walking in you felt confident. >> i didn't have cancer walking in. how could it be possible. i had screened had tests and talked to the right people. amy had cancer an aggressive hard to detect sar coma with a survival rate of 3-5 years. it was discovered after she had a hister ebbing tommy to remove fibroids masses in the ute rouse. the couple has been raging war against the disease and a gynaecologiy procedure formed on couples, they believed it upstaged their cancer. >> when i found it was a routine care i knew we were dealing with a public health hazard. what the couple discovered during a hysterectomy the
surgeon used a morcellators to mince the fibroids into small pieces allowing him to remove the tissue through the abdomen. the procedure she says spread the cancer cells. >> you can see chunks. it's not refined. >> reporter: amy said she was not informed or consulted about the use. had she known, she wouldn't have allowed it. >> i did not know. they didn't say that when the surgery went well. i learnt i had been morse lated. i knew the chance of recurrence was in the ballpark of 85% because of how they handled it inside of me. >> 80%. >> i knew if it came back i had a life expect si of two years. >> amy underwent chemotherapy
and follow up surgery. >> my wife was hit in a way that was, as a surgeon, i recognised it as a catastrophic hit. if you disrupt the cancer you upstage one to stage 4 cancer. >> it strikes less than 1 in 10,000 women. for women that undergo surgery, it goes up to 1 in 350. for those women, morselation is a risk. he is channelling his campaign telling anyone that is listening that there's no place for morcellation during a hysterectomy, that it could be deadly to women with undetected cancer. they took concerns to administrators at the hospital, where amy had her surgery.
the recovery and the campaign took its toll. >> my husband put a lot of effort into the campaign and getting the word out and trying to change the surgical practice. initially we wanted to say to the women's hospital that this is happening. it's going on they basically wanted to shut him down. >> he was relieved of surgical duties and spent his free time researching his wife's story. >> you could have been quiet, you didn't have to rally the troops. if you will why did you care to do this. >> the overwhelming magnitude of the truth of what we confronted there, which is that they are doing to this about 100,000 women a year. it happens in europe and south america and other places in the
world. the intoing nitty of this is not small. it's a global epidemic. >> the women's hospital declined the request. they confirmed they stopped using power mort lyings. >> many surgeons stand by the procedure. >> it's a little cord that we are pulling as the blade is spinning. it's cutting through the tissue as we pull it out. >> dr kathy one is the director of gynecologic robotic medicine. she specialises in minimally invasive surgery, performing 300 procedures a year saying that morcellation is a valuable approach. >> we think it has a role in the appropriate occasions. we don't think it's for everyone. i believe that we cannot take the choice away from women. it should be up to the patient
and the women - it should be her right to decide whether to go through with minimally invasive surgery. >> they have yet to advocate a ban, but are asking for more data. >> this is a clear wrong. amy and her partner took the fight to the media, and washington d.c. including the food and drug administration responding with an alert saying: the f.d.a. didn't go far enough he says. >> if i told you campbell soup was causing cancer at at rate of 1:350. the f.d.a. would pull the soups off the shelves in the supermarket. it's a no-brainer. >> reporter: others say banning morcellation would be a make. >> we have 15 years.
alternatives would be an experiment. we are happy to look into alternatives, but it's an experiment. that's the way medicine is. we don't know whether the solution would be worse than the problem. hence the decision not to remove it. it's not tinned soup. >> you may have one person saying you do 1500, 1600 but i'm the one that now has such and such cancer i'm the one who is sick who is dying. what do you tell me when i say i'm that few who is the rare case? >> i would be with them every step of the way. that's the horror of medicine that people get sick. the surgeon stays with them. works with them. >> they vowed to keep up the fight until the morse lator is banned. >> our hope is the government will say you as a responsibility is failing to regulate yourself. we need to do so.
but until then individual patients are going to have to step up for themselves and say this is unsafe. >> they are doing their best to make sure other women, unlike amy, have the chance to do that. >> fighting from the heart break. >> that is "america tonight". tell us what you think at aljazeera.com/"america tonight". talk to us on twitter or facebook. come back well have more of the "america tonight" tomorrow.
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