Backpage Sex Trafficking Syndicate Spreading Like Cancer In Australia and Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

Backpage sex trafficking syndicate is laying roots in in Australia and Ireland.  And, there are people in these countries endorsing the authors, creators, and launchers of the world’s largest online child sex trafficking syndicate.

Mike Lacey and James Larkin of Arizona, in the U.S.,  purchased a New York City newspaper called Village Voice.

 

 

According to media watchdog site Gawker, Village Voice depended on sex and drug ads for its very survival.

http://gawker.com/5860101/pickets-lawsuits-sex-ads-and-hard-times-at-the-village-voice

The paper had fallen on hard times and became a free give away paper by the time Larkin, Lacey and  Tony Ortega took the helm.

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Lacey and Larkin, the investors, and owners of Backpage trademark attached “Backpage”  online sex trafficking site to the Village Voice.  They then linked “Big City”, another sex trafficking site they owned, covertly, into the back door of Backpage.

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Lacey and Larkin used the newspaper Village Voice, with the editor in chief Tony Ortega, to launch an International sex trafficking syndicate, under the cloak of “freedom of speech”.  And “constitutional rights”.

This is also known as racketeering in the United States and there are RICO Laws ( Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.) designed to address this type of organized crime, when not cloaked under “Freedom of Speech” (parked behind a newspaper).

Where there are young children to be exploited as coins, you will find Backpage pushing its way through the culture to profit off of the misery of desperate women and children.  And Backpage and their sponsors go all out to reap the profit.

Backpage is now full onto scooping up the children of these countries that can be sold for sex on the Internet.  And people in these countries are supporting these efforts and the sponsors and defenders of  the Backpage sex trafficking syndicate.

http://backpagepromo.com/backpage-in-australia-uk-and-ireland/

Recently Backpage efforts to secure new victims have been unveiled in a raid in the Philippines.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/backpage-critics-find-surprise-ammunition-philippines-raid-n778221

Backpage is now costing the American tax payers more than 50 million dollars a year only in damages to assist the victims.  Add the cost of law enforcement to that and the cost skyrockets.

Victims in Australia are easy marks for Backpage as more than half of sex slavery victims in Australia are left without government support due to legislation that gives the Australian Federal Police (AFP) the authority to exclude suspected victims from aid.  This leaves them not only as targets for sex traffickers but deprived of help or aid as victims.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/most-australias-alleged-sex-slavery-victims-left-in-limbo/6714974

The Daily Mail in Australia has already informed its community of the plague.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3803227/Australian-women-advertising-sex-Backpage-com-investigated-sex-trafficking.html

There is evidence that there are people in Australia and Ireland supporting sex traffickers and they do not take issue with children being sold for sex.

Destroying the lives of women and children is a covert form of ethnic cleansing.  The peoples of these countries only need to look at the devastating effects Backpage has had on America and every taxpayer in it to understand how they will be taxed as a civilization by Backpage spreading through their civilization.

There is ample evidence now that Backpage Executives have knowingly facilitated child sex trafficking.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/01/backpagecom_fostered_child_pro.html

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Aussie journalist Steve Cannane, and reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. left, parties in the U.S. with Tony Ortega, right, of the Village Voice/ Backpage, in the U.S. summer of 2017.

 

Above, Tony Ortega parties in London with Peter Griffiths from Ireland.

The most recent updates.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/backpage-has-always-claimed-it-doesnt-control-sex-related-ads-new-documents-show-otherwise/2017/07/10/b3158ef6-553c-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_backpage-8am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.99484f22d1a2

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/teens-tragic-death-shows-its-business-as-usual-at-backpage-com/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/11/sex-ad-revelations-put-backpage-back-in-congressional-crosshairs.html

 

 

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Mazzio, Oz: Kids are no match for ‘Backpage’

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Reposting here for those that have no access to a subscription at the Houston Chronicle

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Mazzio-Oz-Kids-are-no-match-for-Backpage-11107837.php

April 28, 2017

What you are about to read is going to shock you.

Every minute of every day in this country, children are bought and sold for sex on the internet. Scheduled on the hour, by the hour. With the ruthless efficiency of technology, these children are shuttled from motel room to motel room and raped upwards of 15 times per day.

It happens to children of all incomes, ethnicities and color. Mostly girls, but also boys. Many are first preyed upon in chat rooms, at the mall, or at fast-food restaurants. And then these children simply disappear, without a trace.

Many of them do resurface, on a website called Backpage.com. According to a recent U.S. Senate report, this company, headquartered in Dallas, has earned hundreds of millions of dollars per year from its sex ads, including those of children. In all 50 states.

How can it be legal to host ads selling children for sex?

It shouldn’t be. Yet despite multiple lawsuits filed by child victims and a lengthy Senate investigation headed by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, Backpage has dodged every bullet, winning every legal challenge to date. Armed with an expensive team of lawyers, Backpage has deftly managed to shield itself with an outdated internet freedom law that protects web sites from being sued for content posted by a third party. This law (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) was originally intended to protect a budding internet industry from lawsuits based on defamatory posts by its users. However, Section 230 now allows for the proliferation of fake news, scam ads, and is being interpreted by judges to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking.

And Backpage has some surprising allies. Two internet special interest groups funded by technology companies, The Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have swooped in to defend Backpage, actively intervening in several cases and doing so persuasively.

That is worth repeating. Via these special interest groups, tech industry giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others are financing the defense of Backpage. This can no longer continue.

Let’s be clear. We cannot stand for the idea that the sale of children is acceptable collateral damage for a free and open internet. Especially since companies now have the technological means to stop it.

Last month, Backpage announced that it was shuttering the Escorts section of its website under pressure from the government. However, analysts reported that a majority of these sex ads simply moved to the dating pages of Backpage. The many other sex sites owned and operated by Backpage in the U.S. were not shut down, and the purchase and sale of children continues online today.

President Trump recently signaled that he would bring the full weight of the government to help in the fight against human trafficking, including giving law enforcement agencies better tools to go after criminals. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is among those working on legislation to do the same. It can’t come soon enough. But Congress also has to act by specifically amending Section 230 to make it clear that it is not legal to facilitate child sex trafficking.

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, has recently introduced legislation to do just this, and we hope that a Senate version will be drafted in the coming months. We’ve started a petition on Change.org to tell the tech community that it’s time to switch sides, and we hope you will join us, too.

Mazzio is an award-winning filmmaker. Her new film, “I AM JANE DOE,” which chronicles the battle that several children are waging against Backpage, debuts on iTunes May 12 and with Netflix on May 26. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, Emmy Award-winning host of the Dr. Oz Show, and father of four.

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Village Voice – Backpage Spread Out Like A Cancer Through Chicago

https://trenchreynolds.com/2014/03/13/illinois-senator-to-introduce-anti-backpage-trafficking-legislation/

Chicago pimp beats hooker on the street in Chicago.  This is domestic terrorism. Caught on video.  For once. Because these episodes happen DAILY on America’s city streets. I have seen it myself many times on the streets of New York City growing up there.  I could not walk by this when I was fourteen years old, and not intervene.

How the executives of Village Voice sat around dismissing this kind of sadism and brutality, and even promoted it for profit, profiting off of this kind of misery, still baffles me.  Could this have partly been because owner Mike Lacey was a cowboy parked in Phoenix Arizona?  Far far away from having to live down on the city streets where this affects entire neighborhoods and the lives of everyone that has to live in them.

If you have not been assaulted on a city street like this, perhaps this is “unreal” to you.

When Backpage.com  was finally shut down for inventing, aiding and propelling this kind of social intercourse, owners Mike Lacey and James Larkin played the victim card. Claiming their “freedom of speech” rights had been violated.

That came after years of attempting to discredit and discount anyone in the community efforting to take responsibility for the homeless children they were exploiting through the Village Voice  Newspaper.

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http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/backpage-com-shuts-down-adult-ads-after-senate-committee-report/

Backpage.com Shuts Down ‘Adult’ Ads After Senate Committee Report

http://chicago.suntimes.com/person/backpage-com/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-24-charged-for-promoting-prostitution-on-southwest-side-20150221-story.html

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/12802778-story

http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-charged-in-sex-assault-of-woman-he-met-on-backpagecom/982158/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/backpage-sues-cook-county-sheriff

http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/WEB-5P-VO-DART-BACKPAGE_Chicago-351196621.html

Man Accused of Slitting Throat of 16-Year-Old He Met on Backpage.com, Leaving Her Body in Suburban Chicago Garage

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“Backpage will take all steps necessary to end this frivolous prosecution and will pursue its full remedies under federal law against the state actors who chose to ignore the law, as it has done successfully in other cases.” Liz McDougall  attorney for Village Voice’s Backpage.com

“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.”  

“Underage prostitution is a persistent problem in this country, but as we established in last week’s cover story, it exists at a level that is nothing like what is being trumpeted by Amber Lyon on the behalf of activists who want to put us out of business.”

“We’ve spent millions of dollars putting in place strict policies and monitoring services to make sure that it is only adults finding each other through Backpage.com‘s adult pages.”

Tony Ortega July 06 2011

https://www.change.org/p/facebook-tell-google-facebook-and-microsoft-to-stop-supporting-child-sex-trafficking-b0818037-0e87-4d68-85b2-481c2ef6881a

Permanent Subcommittee Senate Hearings On Investigations – Findings On Backpage

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After an 18-month long bipartisan investigation, which cost United States taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars, The Senate Subcommittee on Investigations released the following stunning report.

You can watch the live Senate hearing with testimony here:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/human-trafficking-investigation

For more than twenty months, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations investigated the problem of online child sex trafficking.

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The investigation led the Subcommittee to focus on Backpage.com, the leading online marketplace for commercial sex.  Operating in 97 countries and 943 locations worldwide—and last valued at more than a half-billion dollars—Backpage is the world’s second-largest classified advertising website.

 

Backpage is involved in 73% of all child trafficking reports that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) receives from the general public (excluding reports by Backpage itself).  

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The National Association of Attorneys General has aptly described Backpage as a “hub” of “human trafficking, especially the trafficking of minors.”

 

This report contains three principal findings.  First, Backpage has knowingly concealed evidence of criminality by systematically editing its “adult” ads.  As early as 2006, Backpage executives began instructing staff responsible for screening ads (known as “moderators”) to edit the text of adult ads to conceal the true nature of the underlying transaction.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=5D0C71AE-A090-4F30-A5F5-7CFFC08AFD48

Witness and victim testimony found here: 

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/search/?q=backpage&search-button=Search&access=p&as_dt=i&as_epq=&as_eq=&as_lq=&as_occt=any&as_oq=&as_q=&as_sitesearch=&client=hsgac&sntsp=0&filter=0&getfields=&lr=&num=15&numgm=3&oe=UTF8&output=xml_no_dtd&partialfields=&proxycustom=&proxyreload=0&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&requiredfields=&sitesearch=&sort=date%3AD%3AS%3Ad1&start=0&ud=1

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Watch hearing live here:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/human-trafficking-investigation

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III

 

“From its earliest days, the Village Voice has run adult classifieds. Today, those classifieds are hosted online at Backpage.com.”  Tony Ortega June 29, 2011

“We’re being told that there’s a widespread, growing and out-of-control problem to fear in our country. And it has a catchy name: ‘trafficking,’” wrote Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, in an editorial last year. “The actual data behind this ‘epidemic’ is wanting in the extreme. It involves guesses by activist professors, junk science by nonprofit groups trying to extract money from Congress, and manipulation by religious groups hiding their real agendas about sex work.” Tony Ortega July 06, 2011

“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 July 06 2011

“I helped turn a weekly newspaper with a Web site into a digital enterprise.” Tony Ortega Former editor in chief of the Village Voice brags to Media Decoder @ N.Y. Times Sept 14 2012

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Complete Findings On Senate Investigation Into Backpage.com

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Below is the Senate findings, statistics, and other relevant data discovered on Backpage.com human trafficking.

It has cost the taxpayers of America millions of dollars to investigate and discover the criminality behind the Village Voice giveaway paper.  Prior to its separation from backpage.com late 2012.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=fd56bb15-565e-4af4-9f4f-736d083917c5

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Stephen Lemons Throws Pity Party For “Hero” Mike Lacey Of Backpage.Com

 

 

Above are various mug shots for Mike Lacey, recently arrested on pimping charges.  He was the owner/investor of the Village Voice along with James Larkin, as well, the owner of Phoenix New Times and several other websites.

Like the Village Voice, Phoenix New Times became a “giveaway” flyer.  The “paper” was the front for the online advertising of Backpage.com.

In 2010 the paper was already a pimp’s rag.  Oct 19, 2010 –  “They say pimpin’ aint easy. Sometimes it’s so hard that a pimp is forced to take drastic measures to keep his pimp hand strong.”  

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/alleged-phoenix-pimp-keeps-pimp-hand-strong-by-throwing-cheeseburger-at-prostitute-6667509

As far back as 2011 protesters stood in front of Phoenix New Times as it was the other front for Backpage.com prostitution/child sex trafficking Internet site.

The executives and staff that worked at the Village Voice and Phoenix New Times gaslighted anyone stepping forward concerned about the children being trafficked on Backpage.com, as “religious zealots”, religious nuts”, “politically motivated” or “greedy for funding from Congress”.  In other words, they were all crazy, hallucinatory, or filthy with hidden agendas.

Anyone exploiting women and children through sex trafficking would probably not be aware that others could sincerely care about these women and children.

Lacey was arrested along with James Larkin on pimping charges and their pity plea has been, “Freedom of Speech”.

“The actions of the California and Texas Attorneys General are flatly illegal”, Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage, said in a statement to CNNMoney Friday evening. “They ignore the holdings of numerous federal courts that the First Amendment protects the ads on Backpage.com.”

http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/06/news/backpage-ceo-carl-ferrer-arrest/index.html

Hmmm, that would not be Lacey’s “freedom of speech”.  It is the freedom of speech of the people placing the ads sex trafficking.   None of them are complaining, are they? Never mind, let’s not get reasonable at this late date.

According to a criminal complaint filed in California, Backpage accepted at least $2 million a month between October 2014 and May 2015 in payments from people posting adult ads in California, including payments for postings that featured minors.  There was solid evidence  Backpage.com staff were actively engaged in aiding and amplifying sex trafficking of women and children.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=fd56bb15-565e-4af4-9f4f-736d083917c5

Lacey founded the Phoenix New Times in 1970 — and a dozen weeklies in cities across the country.  Lord knows he had decades between that, the Village Voice, and other media investments, to run his mouth until his tongue dropped out, and to speak freely as often he cared.  But he has now included human trafficking and child sex trafficking as part of his “freedoms”.

In these new conditions, with the Internet up, and newspapers folding, he, and his staff relied on human/sex trafficking dollars paid for advertising in the classifieds sections of the papers, for selling women and children.  The papers became “giveaways” (free flyers) And this became a platform for “freedom of speech”.   Pimping, investing in selling children and women, became “freedom of speech”.

Backpage.com was called “the world’s top online brothel” by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in October when she filed the charges against the company’s chief executive officer, Carl Ferrer.   “Backpage and its executives purposefully and unlawfully designed Backpage to be the world’s top online brothel.”

In court, however, Lacey pleaded the fifth.  He did not care for any “freedom of speech”.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/01/10/backpage-founders-take-5th-senate-hearings/96397856/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/10/backpage-executives-refuse-answer-senate-panel-probing-sex-trafficking/96390352/

 

It didn’t end there.  Lacey was discovered sending checks to former staff that could actually receive a subpoena,  making local politicians,  and tampering with court proceedings. He was also held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with the investigation.

http://www.citypages.com/news/mike-lacey-backpagecom-and-the-mystery-of-the-5000-checks/396646721

http://www.chron.com/local/gray-matters/article/Lacey-9954156.php

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2016/10/why-did-backpage-coms-mike-lacey-give-5k-checks-to-his-old-employees/

http://blog.truewestmagazine.com/2016/10/why-did-mike-lacey-give-me-5000.html

http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/17/technology/backpage-contempt/?iid=EL

http://www.adweek.com/digital/new-times-mike-lacey-and-jim-larkin-arrested/

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/04/14/allegations-increase-against-backpage-founders-have-become-big-political-donors-arizona/100421528/

Stephen Lemons was one of the people that took 5000.00 of payola from Lacey while Lacey was on the lam.

All said Lacey and his partners played corporate shill games as well.  Having the business placed under Carl Ferrer in Amsterdam. After they loaned him the money to buy them out.

 

 

After managing to escape justice through all manner of shady dealings including claiming to be a victim of having his first amendment rights violated, Lacey skipped out free to continue until he was further busted by Senate findings.  It came to light that “moderators” (ad takers)  for Backpage classifieds,  were coaching people on how to place the ads while Lacey and his partner Larkin, were pocketing the revenue.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/emotional-senate-hearing-finds-backpage-complicit-underage-sex/story?id=44762342

 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/04/15/emails-reveal-how-backpage-edited-sex-ads-will-it-be-its-undoing/100436762/

 

http://www.newsweek.com/backpage-adult-section-shut-down-540774

After getting busted by the discovery of emails proving Backpage.com staff were editing ads for prostitution, (actually pimping),  Mike Lacey closed Backpage right before a Senate hearing to avoid the press of it all.

But Lacey pleaded “victim” that fell under “relentless pressure” from a government that trampled on his “first amendment” rights to invest in pimping and sex trafficking.

The most recent scandal involved Lacey and his partner Larkin giving tens of thousands of dollars in donations to local political figures in Arizona. Using their own spouses as shills.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2017/04/20/gop-pressures-kyrsten-sinema-on-backpage-donations/100683704/

 

Last week Lacey’s paper (Lacey is “former owner” at this time, that possible corporate shilling I have not looked into yet) Phoenix New Times, ran a front page invitation to his pity party, gaslighting anyone that might have paid attention to his most recent criminality.  The writer was Stephen Lemons.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/backpages-ex-owners-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-smeared-by-cronkite-school-arizona-republic-article-9258296

I do wonder how many hours Lacey spent viewing photos from the photo shoot, trying to decide which one would make him look victimized or human. At any rate, they chose this one.

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And Stephen describes him as the victim in the fight for “freedom of speech”.  A freedom fighter!  Backpage was making two million a month from sex trafficking near the end. Poor Mike.

Oddly, the same day this was published Stephen Lemons announced he is taking a new job in Alabama after thirteen years at the Phoenix New Times, hero worshiping Lacey and Larkin in his farewell, and lamenting that he was not able to extort sex, for publishing stories.

Good thing I grabbed a snapshot, after some taunting on Twitter about him publishing a story for Lacey pity the same day he leaves, (Severance pay? Bonus? )  he removed it.

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In the event this has all become a very complex issue for you to wrap your head around, rest assured it was the intention of Lacey, Larkin, their legal representatives, and staff, to make it seem too complicated to understand this simple criminality. Organized crime and racketeering.

Stephen Lemons treks to Las Vegas, to explore the “Mob Museum”.

 

 

Not everyone in Phoenix is sad to see him go.

https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/a-vile-goodbye-from-a-sour-stephen-lemons/

A few days later, Phoenix New Times showcased a “successful pimp” in his 70’s. “Not unusual,” the article said.  And now that Lacey is not the “proper” owner, and backpage.com has shut its adult section, sex trafficking is even addressed.  Boasting of the rising demand for buying children for sex.

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http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/sex-trafficking-crimes-on-rise-case-of-mesas-accused-75-year-old-pimp-not-unusual-9263329

Causes me wonder how much Lacey and Lemons would protect “Freedom of Speech” ads if folks could go online and hire a hit man without much ado?

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Village Voice – Backpage : “Pimping Is Freedom Of Speech, and I Plead The Fifth”

Businessmen, newspaper editors, and foreign investors take to the pimping trail as entrepreneurs with Village Voice’s Backpage Classifieds – pleading the First, “Freedom of Speech” until they arrive in court. Then, they plead the Fifth and fold.

I have been confounded at people’s lack of education as to how newspapers work, who causes what within those systems, and how the profit is made and at whose expense.

There was a time when newspaper reporting was an honorable profession.  People wrote and published valuable information to inform and educate. So people didn’t ask.

We are now in a time where people have to be educated about this arena. Otherwise,  they just become the effect of illusion, ill will, and exploitation.

“We made a decision some time ago that the only way we’d continue to stay in this game was to focus not on the same old political essay writing but on original reporting, surprising our readers by not being predictable, and by doing our best to piss off everyone — right, left, and center.”    Tony Ortega Editor in Chief (Person in Charge) of the Village Voice WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 2010    http://www.villagevoice.com/content/printView/6672283

 

“Year after year, Backpage continued to come under fire. Attorneys general from 48 states wrote a letter asking Village Voice Media to take down Backpage’s adult ads, citing “the company’s facilitation of the sexual exploitation of children.” The letter continued, “We have tracked more than 50 instances, in 22 states over three years, of charges filed against those trafficking or attempting to traffic minors on Backpage. These cases often involve runaways ensnared by adults seeking to make money by sexually exploiting them. In some cases, minors are pictured in advertisements.”

The Daily Beast

Tony Ortega launched Backpage from the Village Voice Newspaper in N.Y.C.  – The paper itself was free.  Backpage was the Village Voice classifieds section that took to the Internet.  The purpose of the paper was to profit from the sex classifieds.  Advertising dollars paid to advertise sex for sale.  Statistics on child sex trafficking skyrocketed with Backpage, over 800%.  See Portman’s testimony below.

“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 WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011  

Village Voice retaliates on critic Amber Lyon

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/cnns-amber-lyon-ambushed-craigslist-but-she-wont-talk-to-the-village-voice-6431659

Village Voice also retaliated on Ashton Kutcher  (Among others) for sponsoring a campaign against sex trafficking. “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls”. 

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With a cover meant to penalize him for speaking out.

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” He is a technically literate, if ill-informed, advocate. Kutcher made his bones playing the prankster, dummy, and stoner”.  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011 http://www.villagevoice.com/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-6431644

 

It’s the old hippie ideal of endlessly pushing a lefty agenda to keep up your “movement” cred. Hey, good luck with that. But I live in a cutthroat town, and I have salaries to pay. WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 Tony Ortega

Investor Pleads the Fifth

Investor’s Attorney Pleads the Fifth

Investor Pleads the Fifth

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/01/10/backpage-founders-take-5th-senate-hearings/96397856/

Backpage  Pimping And Sex Trafficking Was Eventually Shut Down As A Criminal Enterprise.

 

 

“For a Web site like Backpage to make $22 million off our backs,” she said, “it’s like going back to slave times.”  Alissa -The interesting part of Kristof’s story is that the former prostitute he interviewed for his column feared retaliation not from her former pimps, but from the Village Voice.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/kristof-where-pimps-peddle-their-goods.html?smid=tw-share

The Village Voice did retaliate on  for his expose. 

“The First Amendment was shouted down in the name of children.”

“From its earliest days, the Village Voice has run adult classifieds. Today, those classifieds are hosted online at Backpage.com.”  Tony Ortega June 29, 2011

See Editor’s note above as well as describing concern for child sex trafficking as “absurdist theater” .

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-6431644