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.”

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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

Well Hallelujah! Former Employee of Village Voice Comes Clean.

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“You’d have to be pretty willfully ignorant not to realize that part of the revenues that went into your check on a weekly basis were derived, at least in part, from marketing for prostitution.”

Which included child sex trafficking.

Marketing for prostitution means pimping.

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

You would have to be very willfully ignorant not to be able to figure this out for yourself, just by understanding the structure of Village Voice – Backpage.

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Are some people around here being willfully ignorant?  You betcha!  Another word for being “willfully ignorant” would simply be, “apologist“.

a·pol·o·gist –  a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial.
Synonyms: defender, supporter, upholder, advocate, proponent, exponent, propagandist, champion, campaigner.
Are there child sex trafficking apologists out there?  You betcha!  They are defenders and supporters of child sex slavery/trafficking.
I am not one of them. Profiting off of the misery of homeless children, that is as unholy as it gets.

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.