Tony Ortega, Editor In Chief of the Village Voice, was the front lines soldier and defender of Backpage human trafficking website until the Voice was sold in 2012.
According to Gawker, a site focused on the media industry, the Voice was supported by hooker and drug ads, which would give Tony Ortega plenty of reason to protect his interests in the human trafficking site.
On April 23, The Washington Times ran a story on sex trafficking with statistics and a special mention to the online trafficking:
“U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in Maryland said the sex trafficking of minors is a top priority of his office, but bringing offenders to justice has become more difficult in recent years. He said the traffickers’ use of the Internet has made it harder to locate their victims, meaning that many of the girls and young women are no longer on the street or at truck stops where law enforcement can see them.”
– The Washington Times – Saturday, April 23, 2011
Through months of controversy, Ortega remained silent until female reporter Amber Lyon did an expose which included Backpage.
At this time Ortega published a tirade targeting Lyon but addressing all complaints. Oddly, they were wrongly targeted at her.
Perhaps it was easier for him to stomp on a woman.
Tony Ortega, disputed U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in his rampage on Lyon, defending Backpage by reporting it was easier to find the child trafficking victims on Backpage, where they are being exploited, advertised, and sold than at bus stops and on the streets.
“In some cases, our reports about suspicious ads have resulted in underage runaways being traced and recovered—as opposed to the underground economy of bus stations and street corners where kids are truly invisible.” Tony Ortega July 06, 2011
As Lyons never alluded to any of this, along with the other statistics Tony Ortega denied from the Washington Times article, the response is connected to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s report. Unless someone can locate any such comment made by Lyon I may have overlooked?