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 straightforward 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’ Getting Whiter, Maler By The Minute
Filed to: NEW TIMES
Village Voice Managing Editor Deborah Kolben has been let go; Ward Harkavy will be taking over the number two spot at the paper. With the recent resignation of Deputy Managing Editor Adamma Ince and the earlier dismissal of Executive Editor Laura Conaway, this means that the top of the Voice masthead now consists of four white guys and Film Editor Allison Benedikt. Attempts to reach Editor in Chief Tony Ortega were unsuccessful. Probably because it was some chickcalling.
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.
Tony Ortega, spokesperson for Backpage, upper far left, with Peter Griffiths of County Mayo, Ireland, party in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making money off the backs of desperate human beings and homeless children, by allowing them to be exploited for modern-day sex slavery is not a problem for Tony Ortega.
After months of protests on human trafficking against the Village Voice classifieds section Backpage with regards to the child sex trafficking, which included the voices of Alicia Keys, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, REM, and Roseanne Cash. Tony Ortega took aim at a target and unleashed a violent torrent of verbal assaults at CNN’s Amber Lyons in defense of Backpage, the classified’s section of the Village Voice, where he is the editor in chief. Also known as the head honcho under Mike Lacey.
During the tirade, he excluded the words “child sex trafficking” and used the phrase “underage prostitutes”. Positioning the victims as simply prostitutes that had not yet come of age. As if prostitution is a pre-existing condition in their fate.
Calling the children being sold on Backpage, “underage prostitutes” in an attempt to dehumanize them, stigmatize them, and devalue the crime of selling them and exploiting them.
Tony Ortega pounded the phrase “underage prostitute” into the ground over and over in his version of events. His justifications?
Backpage is the Red Cross, and the victims are “A persistent problem in this country”. (If they exist at all.)
Furthermore, they are the “users of the service. Most drug addicted and homeless”. And, it is easier to find them when they are being sold on the Internet by their traffickers than if they are at bus stations!
He dehumanizes these kids in every sentence. And his version of events is, all in all, is that Backpage is helping the community by providing a platform for them to be sold. Furthermore, they are not children. They are underage prostitutes. And “sex work” can be an honorable profession for a minor. It is just not shown in a positive light.
“In cities across America, we are told over and over, like a mantra, that “100,000 to 300,000” underage sex slaves have been stashed away from public view, with more joining them every day.
Not only do we have security specialists making constant searches for keywords that might indicate an underage user, but we’re quick to cooperate with law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when we find suspicious ads.” Tony Oretega July 06, 2011 In defense of Backpage. Village Voice classifieds.
NOTE: At the time of this retort defending Village Voice Classifieds Backpage, According to Advanced Interactive Media Group, an online classified advertising consultancy, 70 percent of the nation’s online ads for adult services (read, prostitution) run on Backpage.com.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) viewed Backpage as so tightly tied to the sale of children for rape that the website is now the first place it searches for children reported missing. In a 2016 amicus brief, the organization outlined the ways in which it believes that Backpage has been deliberately optimized to keep the child trafficking industry going, including having relaxed posting rules for escort ads while requiring other sellers to provide valid telephone numbers. It also describes a case in which one child was “sold for sex more than 50 times on backpage.com beginning when she was 12 years old.” The organization has worked on more than 420 cases in which children were trafficked through Backpage.
Village Voice Media (Mike Lacey, James Larkin, Tony Ortega and Liz McDougall) insisted it was fighting trafficking by editing out code words for minors like “fresh” and “new to town” – to make the ads look quote “cleaner than ever” ….But congressional investigators found Backpage was actively allowing the traffickers to operate, and knowingly editing the advertisements to facilitate the sex trafficking of children, and pocketing the ad revenue.
“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.
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. Lyon and other journalists—even the New York Times—may repeat uncritically the figure of “100,000 to 300,000” underage prostitutes, but as we showed last week, that number is based on a flimsy study by a couple of activist professors who included in that figure runaways (most of whom are back home in a week) and any teen who happens to live near an international border, supposedly putting them “at risk.”
Using official law enforcement data, we showed that underage prostitution arrests are closer to 800 per year for the entire country—a number that has not increased over the past decade. Far from a widespread and rapidly growing problem, this is, instead, a small problem that stays about the same size because its underlying causes—drug addiction and teen homelessness—are not targeted with federal funds the way scaremongering is.
In December, we sent information to CNN about what we’re doing to keep Backpage.com‘s adult pages for adults only as Amber Lyon prepared a sensationalistic piece about the mythic hundreds of thousands of underage American sex slaves, for whom she wanted us to appear responsible.
We subsequently pointed out to CNN that we had, in fact, provided Lyon with a two-page, single-spaced data sheet about what we’re doing to keep underage users out of Backpage.com‘s adult pages.
She talks to men who are undergoing counseling for paying for sex—none of them with underage girls. Each of these segments is intended simply to make viewers see sex work in the worst possible light. And that’s no accident.
Tony Ortega In defense of Backpage . Village Voice classifieds. Editor in Chief Village Voice July 06, 2011
NOTE: For the record, there is no such thing as an “underage prostitute”. Minors are trafficking victims. There is no such thing as a child prostitute. By definition & law, minors are trafficked.
Ortega says Village Voice has always had classifieds. True, when it was a local newspaper, not a website. Before it went digital and spread out across the planet. Upon leaving the Village Voice his claim to fame was launching Backpage.
“I helped turn a weekly newspaper with a web site into a digital enterprise.” Tony Ortega bragged to the New York Times Blog Media Decoder on September 14, 2012 after leaving the Village Voice.
News broke within days after Ortega was let go, ( The Village Voice was sold )that Lacey and Larkin had sold the failing Village Voice Newspaper, but split Backpage from the sale and kept it. Their arrest warrant claims that Lacey and Larkin each received a $10 million “bonus” in 2014 — before the sale. One witness said a chunk of that went to Tony Ortega and included a gag order. In other words, Lacey and Larkin paid off Tony Ortega as a witness to be deaf and dumb.
Tony Ortega’s former co-worker Bob Norman, from the New Times Broward-Palm Beach (Also owned by Mike Lacey and James Larkin) says Tony Ortega is well known for his love of “erotica” ( writing, pictures or films to stimulate sexual desire / pornographic books, pictures, etc.) So perhaps Ortega is viewing through a jaded different lens.
Annual cost to Americans for Lacey and Larkin’s Backpage online human trafficking business, which reaps them millions of dollars per month, costs the taxpayers millions monthly. And this does not include law enforcement expenses and medical expenses.
If you do not pay taxes so you are thinking your tax dollars are not being used to deal with this, think again. Tax dollars that could be used for other purposes which affect you directly are now being used to deal with Mike Lacey and James Larkin. Who are making millions from their online website Backpage devoted to human trafficking. One arrest report evidenced them rewarding themselves with a ten million dollar “bonus” one year.
In the beginning, it was only costing Americans millions of dollars per month in law enforcement struggles which went all the way to Senate investigations.
Now the annual cost only for running damage control on sex trafficking is hitting American citizens at a cost of 56 million a year. Law enforcement expenses across 52 states would tower over that.
“I helped turn a weekly newspaper with a Web site into a digital enterprise.”
Tony Ortega, spokesperson for Backpage, bragged to the New York Times September 24, 2012 The Village Voice newspaper was used as a front to launch Backpage.
Village Voice Paper Stands Melted into city trash
Village Voice Cover
Pimps, prostitutes and child trafficking victims do not contribute to the country’s tax revenue. They tax the system.
Last month, a lawmaker introduced a bill that would spend more than $56 million to help victims and to train students and law enforcement officers to recognize the signs of trafficking. More than 40 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors.
“What I discovered was a lot of legislators were aware it was happening in their districts but had no idea what to do about it,” says Rep. Bill Brawley, a Matthews Republican, and chief sponsor.
House Bill 910 would allocate $37.5 million for shelter beds, $13.5 million for mental health services, and $4.5 million to educate students on the warning signs of trafficking. Brawley says a bed and services can cost up to $40,000 a year for each victim. Mental health services could cost another $15,000.
“It’s huge,” Mark Blackwell, executive director of Charlotte’s Justice Ministries says of the proposed allocation. “Money is what’s needed in this fight. We’re operating on a shoe-string budget.”
Last year his nonprofit served 150 women who were trafficking victims. “It’s pretty much all we can handle as a small, grass-roots group,” he says.
It is unclear how many minors are forced into prostitution each year, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said reports of online child sex trafficking had increased by more than 800 percent from 2010 to 2015. The organization said this was “directly correlated to the increased use of the internet to sell children for sex.”
Backpage revenues increased to $135 million in 2014 from $5.3 million in 2008, and derived more than 90 percent of its earnings from its sex ads, according to the California Department of Justice.
Lacey, Larkin, and former Editor in Chief of the Village Voice, Tony Ortega, who hosted the Backpage classifieds section as part of the Village Voice, claim human trafficking is “Freedom of Speech”.
“Neither government officials nor God’s advocates can dictate such arbitrary control of business or speech,” read their response.
“Seven years ago, the people I work for were smart enough to start Backpage.com, a competitor to Craigslist,” the Voice’s Tony Ortega, who authored a number of stories criticizing concerns over sex trafficking on American shores as nothing more than “mass paranoia,” wrote in July. “What happens when two adults find each other through Backpage.com? I couldn’t tell you … [It] 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
Malika Saada Saar, a Washington-based advocate for women and girls’ rights, Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights and co-founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), says that flying the flag of free speech is nothing more than a hollow, if savvy, defense tactic. “If I tried to sell crack online through Backpage, the Village Voice would not stand up and say this is about the first amendment,” she says—noting that there’s an exemption for advertising for drugs in the Communications Decency Act, but whereas there’s no such exemption for escort services, even when it amounts to little more than thinly veiled prostitution. “ It’s convenient and politically easy for them to frame this as a free speech issue and it’s not. It’s a human rights issue.”
Upon selling the Village Voice, Lacey was still protesting. Lacey, who has the words “hold fast” tattooed on his fingers, spoke with relish about the political and court fights ahead over Backpage.com. ‘It’s a retirement from journalism,’ he said. ‘This entire thing is still a First Amendment issue.’”
And so far a superior court judge in Sacramento agrees with Lacey, Larkin, and Ortega, and has thrown the case out of court laying waste to millions of dollars in legal expenses carried by American citizens. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael G. Bowman ruled that websites such as Backpage.com are protected from lawsuits when they publish speech posted by other people. The judge said the Communications Decency Act of 1996 “struck a balance in favor of free speech” in keeping Internet service providers protected from liability. Ruling corporate profits have seniority over the human rights of homeless children.
The comments on the bottom of this announcement about an investigation into California’s Child Protective Services in 2013 are most alarming. Perhaps not the best arena to try a case like child sex trafficking.
And don’t forget, our tax dollars also paid the judge to throw the Backpage case out of court.
In 2013 Lacey and Larkin took the taxpayers of Arizona for 3.75 million dollars in a wrongful arrest lawsuit. And bragged about it on the cover of another paper they own. Phoenix New Times. The year before they awarded themselves each 10 million dollar bonus from their company. Imagine still wanting the taxpayers of Arizona to pony up 3.75 million to their overfilling coffers.
“The profit they were making was obscene,” says Sen. Claire McCaskill, who co-authored the the senate report on Backpage. “And the fact they were comfortable making that profit on the backs of children that were being sold for sex — it’s hard to contemplate that kind of evil.”
Backpage.com has earned Larkin millions and allowed him to live a life usually reserved for top-tier celebrities and Fortune 500 businessmen. Larkin’s palatial estate in Phoenix, Arizona is certainly one of the most impressive properties ever seen on “Cribs.”
The 64,000 square-foot home comes complete with two pools, a twelve-seat movie theater, an indoor basketball court, a guest house, and eight bedrooms.
Congress and Backpage have been at war for several years, costing the taxpayers millions upon millions, and lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at cracking down on online sex trafficking.
Backpage (Lacey and Larkin) sued (U.S. taxpayers again) late last year to try to stop the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act from being used against the company. Backpage argued that the law was written so vaguely that it could end up ensnaring publications that do try to weed out illicit activities but inadvertently miss some postings.
Backpage hosts online classified ad pages for more than 400 U.S. cities. This is just in the United States. Senators say some of those ads involve people who have been trafficked for purposes of sex, including minors.
“Sex trafficking has thrived on the Internet in part because of the high profitability and relatively low risk associated with advertising trafficking victims’ services online in multiple locations,” the Senate subcommittee said in its report urging the contempt citation. “With the aid of online advertising, traffickers can maximize profits, evade law-enforcement detection, and maintain control of victims by transporting them quickly within and between states.”
“Child sex trafficking in America today is a corporate enterprise,” says Yiota Souras, general counsel for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “Child sex trafficking happens in every state, in every community, in every jurisdiction. It’s big business and it’s one of the worst crimes imaginable.”
A blistering bipartisan report released from the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Investigations found that “Backpage has knowingly concealed evidence of criminality by systematically editing” advertisements to disguise the fact that they involve prostitution and child sex trafficking.
The state of California recently charged Ferrer, Lacey, and Larkin with money laundering and conspiracy to commit pimping. All three pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“All they did was publish and get paid,” said attorney James Grant, according to the Sacramento Bee. He argued that prosecutors were instead cracking down on “free speech.”
“The state doesn’t have the right to prosecute, but they’re using this to continue their investigation. This process needs to stop,” Backpage attorney James Grant told Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lawrence Brown.
Lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of children sold, raped and tortured courtesy Backpage, have been tossed out of court.
Quite simply, America has become the land of “no mercy” with ruthless disregard to the human rights of children, when in competition with corporate pirates. And American citizens are picking up the cost of the injustice and collateral damages.
Besides the first set of California charges, Backpage also fought off a federal grand jury investigation in 2013. The website received a subpoena seeking documents but challenged it in court. A judge quashed the subpoena, according to a filing by the Senate subcommittee. The proceedings were sealed, the subcommittee filing said, and it is not known what jurisdiction had convened the grand jury.
An internal Backpage document called that 2013 ruling a “sweeping victory against the federal government.”
And we have infected several other countries, and every major city in them, with the same plague, as Backpage has gone viral. Those people have no recourse either, as Lacey and Larkin are protected citizens of the United States. And we protected them as established Backpage online sex trafficking in the following countries:
In 1996, circulation of the Village Voice was so low they had started giving it away for free.
So, the purpose of the paper was not to sell papers! Nope, it was for using the paper as a front for Backpage sex classifieds. And to obtain the income, from advertisers. And Tony Ortega was holding up that front, for five and half years. Which is one reason nobody cared how he used the paper as a front. And Tony Ortega did take liberties. Such as the one right above attacking Kutcher for having enough courage and integrity to speak out about the child sex slave trade the Village Voice was fronting. Because all of the income was being generated from the classifieds section. The back page of the Village Voice, which was called “Backpage” which went digital on the Internet.
Never mind, this is not a critic for a free flyer, which is what the Village Voice newspaper was, under Tony Ortega.
Again, Never mind, this is not a critic for a free flyer, which is what the Village Voice newspaper was, under Tony Ortega.
With widespread scandal about child sex trafficking, as Ortega kept that front holding strong, while Backpage, it’s classifieds section, ballooned into the largest online brothel in the world, Ortega eventually went to the front door of his office to find protesters. See photos above.
On May 03 2012 Tony Ortega watched as the top companies pulled their advertising from the Village Voice over the notorious child sex trafficking victims overflowing into the court systems. It seems the people on the streets protesting were aware of what was going on, and the companies withdrawing their names from the Village Voice such as Starbucks, were aware. So were the city council members and Brooklyn’s District Attorney who said in two years he had had 40 sex trafficking cases and 70 percent of them involved ads on Backpage.com.
Nevertheless, Tony Ortega unashamed, and feeling no remorse, released a harsh reprimand accusing all concerned of trying to extort funding from Congress. That included the children who were raped and pimped and used as sex slaves.
A true warrior on the front line, holding up the front!
“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.”
Even the Daily Beast must have been hallucinating?
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.”
Probably just more “junk science”? Even though the photos of the children were on Backpage. Right.
During one of these protests when someone finally did get the hiding Ortega to make a comment, Ortega tried to pretend the Village Voice actually was not connected to Backpage. And that he and his building and employees were not tied to Backpage.
Tony Ortega told a reporter from ” The Gawker” on November 16, 2011:
As for the protests today, I wish them the best of luck. No one who actually works in this office has anything to do with Backpage, but still, I understand why they picked our building.
I repeat: “No one who actually works in this office has anything to do with Backpage, …” Tony Ortega
Oh, they had everything to do with Backpage. Otherwise, Ortega would not be out on the front lines defending it. The Village Voice is a free give away paper. His paycheck comes from selling homeless children and disenfranchised women on Backpage, the paper’s classified section.
With the link to Backpage, the paper’s classifieds section, glaring at anyone who pulled the Village Voice up on the Internet.
Phoenix-based Village Voice Media – headed by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey– resisted calls from child advocates, clergymen, police and states’ attorney general’s to shut down the ads, citing the First Amendment. But, the real reason for Larkin and Lacey’s fierce opposition to critics was the money – the company raked in an estimated $2M monthly from the adult ads.
Even that revenue was not enough to save Village Voice Media, which owned 13 publications across the country (all which link to Backpage.com from their websites).
Ortega explains it himself in statements he later published.
“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.”
(Note: For the record, there is no such thing as an “underage prostitute” . Minors are trafficking victims. There is no such thing as a child prostitute. By definition & law, minors are trafficked.)
“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
Shortly after Lacey and Larkin sold the paper, (without the Backpage) they paid off Ortega and according to testimony he was paid to go away and lay low. Obstruction of justice. After they parked him in the woods, they separated Village Voice from Backpage, in yet another corporate shill game.
The Village Voice, decimated from mass firings by editor Tony Ortega, watched its circulation slip by a staggering 12.4 percent in the last six-month reporting period Ortega was in charge. Which suggests all of the paper was only being used as a front for launching the International Sex Syndicate, Backpage.
Ortega – who was known as the chief water carrier for his Phoenix bosses – was also a staunch defender of the adult ads, choreographing stories for the Voice and the company’s other publications which have quibbled with widely-held statistics illustrating the national epidemic of human trafficking.
The Village Voice Owners and executives admitted themselves, September 24, 2012, as they played the corporate shill game, there was a marriage between the two, and there was going to be a separation. You can read all about it here:
Greedy investors and politicians have made corporate shilling and acquisitions so complex in efforts to defraud American citizens, the average person on the street has no education of corporate law and acquisitions. But it doesn’t take anything more than simple common sense to know if the Village Voice is a free give away paper, The investment is not in the paper.
The only investment value in the Village Voice newspaper, which had fallen into the red, was in the New York City real estate holding and the name. Which fronted the online brothel at 39 Cooper Square.
This area is not even the in the Village, it is NOHO (North of Houston Street). NoHo, for North of Houston Street, is a landmarked, primarily residential upper-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. SOHO is the area South of Houston Street. These areas are not the Village. (In case you aren’t from New York City).
By the end of 2009, Tony Ortega was having a difficult time giving the Village Voice paper away for free. Village Voice Media was threatened with involuntary bankruptcy over an uncollected court judgment.
The Village Voice’s circulation averaged 213,358 for the 12 months ending June 2009, down 11% from 240,265 during for the same period in 2008. And continued to spiral south.
Ortega said the paper reduced the number of copies printed to save money. Saving money by printing fewer copies of the paper was a “better way to staunch the bleeding” than laying off employees.
Although Village Voice would not publicly release figures, Ortega said ad revenue declines for the paper were “consistent with the rest of the industry”. He said the company was seeing fast growth in Web revenue (Backpage.com) and expected print revenue to increase in 2010.
You do not need to understand corporate shilling and acquisitions to know the dollars back from this investment were dollars from human trafficking. The money that paid the staff that wasthere, after it was purchased by Mike Lacey, that money came from human trafficking.
If you buy a pizza shop and then you do not charge anyone for the pizza, but the pizza shop is making two million $ a month, what are you going think? This is “business as usual”?
Anyone should be able to wrap their head around that.
Former Village Voice employees attest the Village Voice was turned into a human trafficking criminal enterprise under Lacey, Larkin, and Ortega. For more information see: