Faith Leaders Rally Against Sex-Trafficking
Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves – the victims of the sex trafficking web site Backpage.com – the Rev. Katharine Henderson of New York’s Auburn Seminary told a crow of 150 who attended a rally outside the Village Voice Media's New York Headquarters:
“As a mother and member of the clergy, I am outraged by Village Voice Media’s continued refusal to shut down Backpage.com’s adult section, even after being confronted with evidence that girls and teens have been advertised for sex on the site.”
Wearing a blue jacket over her clerical garb and with her voice ringing with passion, the Rev. Henderson took the fight right to the heart of the Phoenix-based company, calling on owners Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to do what they have been resisting to do for months, even years – get out of the underage sex business.
The rally – which featured a coalition of Jews, Sikhs, Baptists, Hindus and Muslims – was organized by Groundswell, the social action initiative of New York-based Auburn Theological Seminary.
It was also attended by John Buffalo Mailer, the son of Norman Mailer, one of the co-founders of the Village Voice when it was known for its counter-culture coverage and in-depth investigative reporting.