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We Are ALL Jane Doe—The High Cost Of Protecting Child Sex Trafficking

Tom Lowery | Posted 02.10.2017 | Women
Tom Lowery

She’s your daughter or your granddaughter. She’s White; Black; Christian; Muslim; Jewish; Hispanic; Gay; Conservative; Liberal; Republican; Democr...

A Celebration Is Short-Lived

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.11.2017 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Alas, before the hearings were even completed, we realized Backpage had already simply moved prostitution ads over to its dating site, using terms like "Young" and "Fresh." As if no one would notice.

This Filmmaker Accidentally Exposed The Disturbing Underbelly Of Online Harassment

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.15.2016 | Women

BROOKLYN ― It was a rainy morning in the fall of 2014, and filmmaker Cynthia Lowen was half-listening to WNYC radio while getting dressed for work w...

Judge Set To Toss Pimping Charges Against Backpage CEO

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.16.2016 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO - A California judge on Wednesday said he was likely to dismiss criminal pimping charges against the chief executive and controlling sha...

Backpage CEO Arrested On Sex Trafficking Charges

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.08.2016 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6 - Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of advertising website, was arrested on Thursday on criminal charges including pi...

Court Allows Sex Trafficking Victims To Sue Classifieds Site

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The website may not be immune from state liability law and a lawsuit filed by three young girls who said they were sold ...

Rentboy Raid Latest Salvo in Government's Counterproductive War on Sex

Alison Bass | Posted 08.28.2016 | Crime
Alison Bass

The Rentboy raid is just the latest salvo in what civil rights attorneys and sex worker rights advocates say is an "ongoing war against sex" by the government.

Police Investigate Whether Woman's Death Is Tied To Date

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Black Voices

Police are investigating the death of a Detroit woman whose body was found Monday, three days after she had plans to meet a man she'd connected with t...

Backpage Sues Sheriff's Office That Pushed Credit Card Companies To Ditch The Site

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Classified advertising website Backpage filed a lawsuit against an Illinois sheriff's office on Tuesday, alleging the sheriff had convin...

Dear John: A New Strategy to Address the Sex Trade

Tom Dart | Posted 04.22.2015 | Crime
Tom Dart

Trafficking and prostitution will always exist in some form, even the most ardent abolitionist would not suggest otherwise. But we can't simply stand by and allow traffickers to continue profiting from within the darker recesses of the internet.

Shutting Down Websites Won't Shut Down Prostitution

Alison Bass | Posted 01.07.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

I have spent the last four years interviewing law enforcement, sex workers and experts on the sex industry for an upcoming book and they all say that shutting down one or two websites that permit ads for sex work will only make things worse for girls and women who are being sexually exploited.

Parents, Daughter Arrested In Prostitution Sting

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.14.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Tennessee arrested a mother, father and daughter Monday during an undercover prostitution sting. According to the Metropolitan Nashv...

Village Voice Chain To Split From Controversial Ad Site

Reuters | Chris Francescani and Nadia Damouni | Posted 09.23.2013 | Media

Sept 24 (Reuters) - Village Voice Media (VVM) will split off from its controversial online advertising site and create a new company fo...

With Allies Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan, the site owned by Village Voice Media that posts adult services ads online, has claimed it is "a critical ally" in the fight against child sex trafficking. So why is it fighting a Washington law that makes it a felony to advertise the sexual services of juveniles?

Children Don't Belong on the Backpage

Wendi Adelson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Crime
Wendi Adelson

Village Voice Media has only one moral choice: take sex trafficking out of its business model. If not, Eric Holder and the Department of Justice need to step in and take action on our behalf.

New York Times' Op-ed Confirms US Has Teen Sex Slave Epidemic

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Conchita Sarnoff

Finally, the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof reports on U.S. teenagers being sold for sex -- sex trafficking in America.

Craigslist Saga: The Great Migration of Sex Trafficking Ads

Marissa Louie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marissa Louie

What has happened since Craigslist shut down its Adult Services section in the United States in September and internationally in December?