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Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action 40.1 (March 2012) – Global: Call to end facilitation of sex trafficking by Village Voice Media – calling on Village Voice Media, the owner of Backpage, to stop facilitating and profiting from sex trafficking by shutting down its “adult” advertisement section.
In 2009, pornographic nude photographs of a 14-year-old runaway girl, “M.A.”, began showing up on the website Backpage.com, a classifieds website selling everything from used sofas to opportunities for sexual exploitation. Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC (Village Voice), the owner of Backpage.com webpages around the world, willingly hosted the posting placed by M.A.’s pimp advertising her services as an “adult” escort for sex, providing an easy way for men to contact her pimp and make arrangements to rape M.A.
Regardless of attempts by Village Voice to screen out ads that promote sex trafficking, its ads continue to result in the rape of women and girls. Just last month, a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and sold by traffickers on Backpage via “adult” ads that included nude photographs, proving the ineffectiveness of Village Voice’s efforts.
Sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that violates the human rights of women and girls around the world. According to the United Nations, women and girls make up 98% of sex trafficking victims, and about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. The internet is now the most frequently used platform that traffickers and “johns” use to buy and sell women and children for sex in the U.S.
As a widely-used and well-known website, Backpage through its corporate owner Village Voice must end its complicity in the rape and exploitation of girls and women. Equality Now calls on Village Voice to abide by international human rights principles and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by shutting down its “adult” advertisements on Backpage.com and in its newspapers.
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|1012||Thu Jul 19 15:44:58 EDT 2012||Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller||Quincy, MA , United States|
|1011||Wed Jul 18 21:40:59 EDT 2012||Bev Blundell||Pemberton, Select a state , CA|
|1010||Tue Jul 17 19:03:24 EDT 2012||Shakira Taveras||New York, NY , US|
|1009||Tue Jul 17 19:03:14 EDT 2012||Stefanie Kato||New York, NY , United States|
|1008||Sun Jul 15 23:29:43 EDT 2012||Adela Brent||BRISBANE, QLD , AUSTRALIA|
|1007||Fri Jul 13 12:41:44 EDT 2012||Tea Kahric||Split, CROATIA|
|1006||Sat Jul 07 21:59:10 EDT 2012||Traci and Christine Terterian||Commerce Twp., MI , US|
|1005||Fri Jul 06 21:41:56 EDT 2012||Tabitha O'Connell||Cheektowaga, United States|
|1004||Wed Jul 04 13:36:03 EDT 2012||Rachel Hewson||York, United Kingdom|
|1003||Mon Jul 02 05:55:57 EDT 2012||Meena Sundaresan||Kirchheim unter Teck, GERMANY|
|1002||Mon Jul 02 04:29:54 EDT 2012||Dinah Lone||London, United Kingdom|
|1001||Mon Jul 02 03:28:29 EDT 2012||Rita Cusack||SCARBOROUGH, QLD , AU|
|1000||Mon Jul 02 00:00:48 EDT 2012||Rosemary Haley||Brisbane, QLD , AU|
|999||Sun Jul 01 23:23:39 EDT 2012||Rochelle Holland||Auckland , NZ|
|998||Sun Jul 01 17:27:01 EDT 2012||Carmel Crameri||MELBOURNE, VIC , AUSTRALIA|
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|993||Sun Jul 01 08:18:55 EDT 2012||Cynthia Nuozzi||Soumagne, BELGIUM|
|992||Sat Jun 30 22:17:08 EDT 2012||Julie Mitchell||Kurtistown, HI , United States|
|991||Sat Jun 30 05:25:45 EDT 2012||Severine Robedat||Copenhagen, DENMARK|
|990||Sat Jun 30 04:07:27 EDT 2012||Sunduss Abass||baghdad, IRAQ|
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