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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Interviews Village Voice Attorney Liz McDougal

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By: Anderson Cooper, CNN

Another “Keeping Them Honest” report about backpage.com, the leading web site for adult service ads. Now last week, we reported on the growing push to shut down the web site’s adult services section where law officials say underage girls are sold for sex. That was on Friday.

On Monday, U.S. Congressman Robert Turner from New York introduced a House resolution calling for Village Boys Media Holding, which owns backpage.com to shut down the ads immediately. Pressure on the web site has been building for months.

Case #168, The place to peddle prostitutes has moved to websites like Backpage.com

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At age 17, Tiffany already had four cellphones. In three, she kept a phone number for a man she called “Shadow.”

In the fall of 2010, Shadow — whose real name is Miguel Pierre Morancy — called Tiffany 2,687 times on two of the phones, court documents say, and a “ridiculously high number of times” on the others.

Morancy, federal prosecutors say, was her pimp.

NY Times Kristof - We need to go after Village Voice's Backpage.com

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By: Nik Medrano, The Dartmouth

Full article here: http://thedartmouth.com/2012/07/06/news/kristof


Sex trafficking and prostitution, however, are not issues confined to countries such as Cambodia, Kristof said. Traffickers are also a presence in the United States, from New York City to more rural areas.

“We need to go after pimps and johns much more and less after girls,” Kristof said. “We need to go after forums where girls are trafficked, like backpage.com. What we’ve lacked is political will.”

Village Voice Exposed – “Financiers and Sex Trafficking”

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By: NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, The New York Times

THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.

This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. Until now it has been unclear who the ultimate owners are.

That mystery is solved. The owners turn out to include private equity financiers, including Goldman Sachs with a 16 percent stake.

Second firm to sell stake in Village Voice Media

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By: Chris Francescani and Robin Respaut, Reuters

A second private equity firm with a stake in Village Voice Media has agreed to sell its holdings back to the media company amid claims that the alternative weekly newspaper chain facilitates sex trafficking through its Web-based ad service, Backpage.com, sources familiar with the matter said.

But at least one other financial backer of the firm plans to stick with its investment, despite the recent outcry over the adult advertising the site runs.

Girls Sold Online for Sex - Backpage.com Defends Decision to Keep Ads Up

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By: Kate Hinman and Melia Patria, ABC Nightline

Most of Megan’s bedroom is filled with the paraphernalia of a typical teenage girl — piles of T-shirts, posters of her favorite stars, some stuffed animals she hasn’t quite outgrown.

But then she goes to her closet and digs out a pair of sky-high silver stilettos. They are a glimpse into another kind of life — the memory of which haunts her.

“I made my pimp about over $30,000 and I got nothing out of it,” said Megan, who is just 17. “The most I’ve gotten is a pair of heels.”

Village Voice Not Backing Down After 27 Companies Pull Ads

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By: Mallory Russell, Business Insider

Twenty seven major advertisers, including H&M, AT&T, and Ikea, have pulled their ads from Village Voice Media due to the company’s alleged links to child sex trafficking.

Justin Wassel, a minister from Ohio, started a Change.org campaign asking U.S. companies to pull advertising from Village Voice Media after one of its properties, Backpage.com, was accused of allowing advertisements that support child sex trafficking.

Best Buy Distances Itself from Village Voice Sex Ad Flap

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By: Ed Stych, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Best Buy Co. Inc. doesn’t advertise with Village Voice Media, the publisher that owns the Minneapolis-based weekly City Pages. But the retailer is still being drawn into a controversy involving the sex-business ads that are run by Village Voice.

The nonprofit group Change.org, which is pressuring businesses to pledge not to advertise with the New York-based media company, said Thursday that Best Buy Co. Inc. (along with IKEA , AT&T , Barnes & Noble, the Miami Dolphins and other well-known companies) has agreed not to advertise in the paper.

Is Backpage.com Sex Trade Central?

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By: Anderson Cooper, CNN

Backpage.com is accused of being a marketplace for pimps to peddle prostitution and exploit young women. The company says there’s nothing illegal about it, though 51 attorneys general want to shut it down.

Police Link Backpage.com to Murders

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By: Anderson Cooper, CNN

Anderson Cooper reports that the Detroit Police have linked Village Voice‘s backpage.com to several murders. In Detroit, police are investigating a potential link between a backpage.com where escorts post ads and three recent murders. CNN Report with Anderson Cooper.


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