Nicholas D. Kristof

"Trafficked girls deserve shelters, not jails, and online emporiums like Backpage should stop abetting pimps."

Nicholas D. Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times and was previously associate managing editor responsible for the paper's Sunday editions. Kristof graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in three years and later won first-class honors in his study of law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei before joining The New York Times in 1984 covering economics. He later served as a business correspondent based in Los Angeles and bureau chief for Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. In 2000, he covered the U.S. presidential campaign focusing on then-Governor George W. Bush, and is the author of the chapter on Mr. Bush in the reference book The Presidents. In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Chinaís Tiananmen Square democracy movement.

 Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary for what the judges called "his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world."

Kristof has also won the George Polk Award, an Overseas Press Club award, a Michael Kelly award, and an Online News Association award. He and his wife are authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.

Mr. Kristof has written several articles in the New York times which put the spotlight on the fact that underage women are being sold for in cities across the country through ads placed on the website of an American company, Village Voice Media, which profits from these prostitution ads to the tune of an estimated $31 million per year.  In an attempt to protect their profits, Village Voice Media responded to Mr. Kristof by running an article in all their chain of publications attempting to discredit Mr. Kristof's facts concerning a victim he had interviewed who had been trafficked by her pimps through ads on Backpage.com.

Mr. Kristof quickly responded and reiterated the moral implications of a company that is willing to put profits above the desire to be good corporate citizens.   He also uncovered and reported on several mainstream US investment companies who had a financial stake in Village Voice Media who were also profiting from the sex-trafficking ads.  

Mr. Kristof's articles sparked legislative interest and a wave of other media who picked up on the issue of a major US company funding itself from sex-trafficking ads.

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