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36 companies dump Village Voice over child sex-trafficking / prostitution ads

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By: Sonoran News

36 companies dump Village Voice over child sex-trafficking / prostitution ads
Stop advertising alongside pedophiles in Phoenix New Times, pleads McCaffrey

Advertisers Jumping Village Voice Ship grows to 35!

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A few items of interest on the developing Village Voice child trafficking scandal:

1. You can always refer to our up-to-date alphabetized list of advertisers jumping ship. Bookmark that page for easy reference.

2. A highly-reliable journalist has reported to us that the prestigious and world-renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York has dropped its advertising with Village Voice Media.

More Village Voice Advertisers Jump Ship

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Kevin Roderick reported in the LA Observed yesterday: “The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced that it would suspend all advertising in SF Weekly, citing the trafficking of children for sex through parent Village Voice Media‘s Backpage.com. Via release”

If we come across that actual press release we will post it for you.

Advertiser Explains Decision to Pull Ads

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By: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal

Harkins Theatres is a privately owned movie theater chain with locations throughout the Southwestern United States. It decided to no longer advertise in the Phoenix New Times. The New Times parent company Village Voice Media owns Backpage.com. Harkins Theatres is in good company with other companies who have pulled advertising such as American Airlines, AT&T and Pfizer.

Phoenix:

Arizona Group on the Attack

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By: Ban Amnesty Now

Arizona Republic fails to cover child sex trafficking scandal, subscriptions drop another 5%

Why is Arizona’s largest paper covering-up the New Times child sex trafficking, asks McCaffrey

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.

Seattle Mayor Sends New Letter to Village Voice CEO

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By: Erica C. Barnett, Publicola

Mayor Mike McGinn has written a letter to Village Voice Media CEO Jim Larkin expressing concerns about Backpage.com, the VVM-owned classified site that has been implicated in a long string of underage prostitution charges.

In the letter, McGinn noted that the policies VVM claimed they had in place to prevent pimps from trafficking underage prostitutes do not appear to be working; last month, for example, Seattle police rescued a 17-year-old girl who was posting Backpage ads for herself on a public library computer on behalf of her pimp, who remains at large.

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.

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