Nicholas Kristof

Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega’s Attack on NY Times Expose’ Backfires

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Shortly after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof‘s devastating expose’ (Sunday, March 18) of Village Voice Media-owned Backpage.com hit the newspaper’s web site, Village Voice editor Tony Ortega took to Twitter.

Senators, state AGs: ‘Backpage’ sex-trafficking ads enrich Village Voice Media

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By: Tyler Whetstone, The Daily Caller

A spokesperson for Village Voice Media, the privately held media company that operates Backpage.com, complained about a ”one-sided demonization” of its Craigslist-like website on Thursday. The Daily Caller was asking whether its “adult” ad section contributes to the entrapment of women and teens in sex slavery.

Video – Liz McDougall – Village Voice Backpage Attorney – Formerly Craig’s List Attorney

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Now that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has joined the national effort to get Village Voice Media-owned web site Backpage.com to shut down its adult ads, it’s only a matter of time before company attorney Elizabeth McDougall (see video below) pays a trip to Capitol Hill.

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.

President of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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By: Anderson Cooper, CNN

The president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children responds to a claim made by Backpage.com that they work together, and that the site is part of the solution to child sex-trafficking. Ernie Allen says screening is not a solution.


COOPER: Ernie, Liz McDougal often says -- she cites your organization as someone that BackPage works with, and she says that they're part of the solution, not part of the problem. To that you say what?

Audio – Radio Interview – Nicholas D. Kristof – New York Times

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By: John Hockenberry, Take Away

This radio interview starts off with a statement from the mother of a 15 year old daughter who was sold for sex by a pimp on Backpage.com. It took months for the mother to rescue her daughter.  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist is interviewed about the problem with a company like Village Voice Media profiting from prostitution ads on their online site, Backpage.com.  He describes who these ads are being used to prostitute underage women who have been forced by threat of violence into the sex-trafficking trade.

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.

Nicholas D. Kristof

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.

High Times Cuts Ties With Voice Over Sex Scandal

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By: Press Release, High Times

Trans High Corporation, the parent company of High Times magazine, will, effective immediately, discontinue any advertising or promotional relationship with Village Voice Media due to their continued financial stake in Backpage.com, based on reporting by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and others who credibly accuse the website’s “adult services” classified ads of being allegedly complicit in the advertising of child sex traffickers.


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