The Gawker Archives on Village Voice Child Sex Trafficking

Gawker was an American blog founded by Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers and based in New York City focusing on celebrities and the media industry. It was launched in January 2003.

Whereas the Village Voice was a paper for newly minted New Yorkers, meaning people that moved into New York with identity issues and bought the Paper to “be cool”,  the Gawker was a blog for New Yorkers.

The Gawker closed down in 2016 after thirteen years. The blog never catered to advertisers or “sold out”  for greed.  I was a regular reader and found it to be a straight forward New York smart blog.

I have had some difficulty lately finding certain issues they published.  As if the archives are being scrubbed.  If you follow any sequence at the Web Site you will notice some pages “Can’t be found”.

This has been frustrating me since I considered the reporting from that blog valuable information.   So being, I am taking the liberty to share some of the articles here for the purpose of preservation.

Village Voice Has a Child Prostitution Problem (Updated)

Craigslist shut down its Adult Services section, caving to Attorneys General and anti-sex trafficking groups. But, as we pointed out, there are many other places to buy sex online. One, Backpage.com, is being sued by a former child prostitute.

According to Ars Technica, the former child prostitue was hawked on Backpage.com—a Craigslist knockoff owned by Village Voice Media—by her pimp starting at age 14. In her lawsuit, she claims that VVM knew that the explicit pictures her pimp posted of her on Backpage depicted a minor, and that they were advertising prostitution. This knowledge, the suit argues, should put exempt them from the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for what their users post.

From Ars Technica:

“Defendant had a strong suspicion that the aforementioned crimes were being committed,” reads the complaint. “Defendant had a desire that these posters accomplished their nefarious illegal prostitution activities so that the posters would return to the website and pay for more posting.”

Look for anti-trafficking activists and Attorneys General, flush from their victory over Craigslist, to jump on Backpage and its thriving “adult” section next. The Village Voice sure has been having a lot of penis-related financial troubles, lately. (via mediaite)

Update:
We’ve received a statement from Village Voice Media’s Steve Suskind. In it, he writes:

The lawsuit is riddled with errors. The claim that we knowingly assisted [the child’s pimp] in committing criminal acts is a lie fabricated by a trial lawyer looking for a payday. The attorney seeks to redirect blame from a convicted predator to Backpage.com, which helped prosecute the criminal.

Without our knowledge, the predator violated our terms of use. Backpage.com has stringent safeguards in place to ensure that only adults use the site. We provided the FBI with the perpetrator’s I.P. address and credit-card information.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 recognized that the very nature of the Internet meant that vast traffic depended on the ability of citizens to post directly onto websites like Backpage.com, Facebook, MySpace or eBay, or to have search engines like Google and Yahoo find postings without pre-screening or censorship. The responsibility, under the law, rests with the person supplying the post.

In the last two years, Backpage.com has had 58 million posts, of which 6 million were adult. In this vast exchange of information, law enforcement agencies have asked for our testimony in precisely five underage cases.

Because one case is too many, we have, and we will continue to, cooperate willingly with authorities.

09/19/10 01:58PM

Filed to: PROSTITUTION
NOTE: Village Voice Media did not cooperate with Authorities and owners were held in contempt of Congress.   Furthermore it was discovered the moderators at Village Voice Classifieds were coaching people on how to place the ads and pocketing the advertising dollars. 
 Minors are trafficking victims.  There is no such thing as a child prostitute. By definition & law, minors are trafficked.

New York City’s Disgrace. BOOM! Tony Ortega’s Backpage Promotional Material Attested To Having 14 Year Old Girls In Stock , For Sale.

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“I AM JANE DOE” TAKES ON TONY ORTEGA of VILLAGE VOICE BACKPAGE

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Mother Opens Up About Finding Her Missing 14-Year-Old Daughter In the Escort Section Of Classified Ad Website Backpage.

A mother has spoken out after finding her missing teenage daughter being sex trafficked on classified advertising website, Backpage.  The adult classifieds section of the Village Voice.

Kubiiki Pride’s 14-year-old daughter had been missing for nine months in 2009 until one night she found the girl while scrolling on the ‘escorts’ section.

Pride said she had been up at 4.30am desperately searching for her daughter when she made the discovery.

After finding her daughter’s picture among other listings, Pride has opened up about ‘one of the most painful experiences’ she has faced, saying her daughter is ‘still broken’.

The documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio interviewed some of the more than a hundred thousand American children who are being trafficked. Both Pride and her daughter are interviewed.

I will continue to be at every theater opening through April 2017. 

I AM JANE DOE  chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice. 

Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.

It is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.

 I am Jane Doe  (and/or Backpage – The Aftermath)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

NARRATED BY

Academy-Award Nominee

Jessica Chastain

DIRECTED BY

Award-winning Director

Mary Mazzio

PRODUCED BY

Mary Mazzio

&

Academy-Award Nominee

Alec Sokolow

“a gripping legal thriller”  – Esquire

“a powerful call to action” – The Los Angeles Times

“a viscerally emotional case” – The Washington Post

“especially impressive… a powerful piece of work” – Elle

“striking… powerful”  – The Film Journal

 

 

 

50% of all profits will be donated to organizations which serve Jane Doe children

http://www.iamjanedoefilm.com/

Dates previewed thus far

FEBRUARY 10-23

OPENED IN SELECT AMC THEATERS

New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Philadephia

MARCH 17-23

OPENED IN PHOENIX AZ

Harkins Theater – Camelview at Fashion Square 14

Phoenix AZ

MARCH 1

OTHER CITIES – SEE DATES PAGE

If you wish to host a screening, please email us at office@50eggs.com.

Reviews and Press

http://eclipsemagazine.com/i-am-jane-doe-sexual-slavery-of-children-in-america/

http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/movies/2017/02/mazzio_s_jane_doe_shines_light_on_child_sex_trafficking

New Documentary I Am Jane Doe Focuses on Victims’ Fight Against Online Child Sex Trafficking

http://www.vogue.com/article/child-sex-trafficking-documentary-i-am-jane-doe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/we-are-all-jane-doethe-high-cost-of-protecting-child_us_589dc600e4b080bf74f03b11

 You can watch the entire film here:

http://get-flix.net/movie/430448/I-AM-JANE-DOE.html

Will be streaming on Netflix shortly.

 

 

Backpage “exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.”  Tony Ortega

What a crafty way to describe your occupation as a digital pimp. Profiting off the misery of women and children.