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A Website Caught Pimping Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.07.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The Internet may have just become a safer place for vulnerable kids, with the arrest yesterday of Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Ca...

A Supreme Court Step to Fight Trafficking

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The highest court in the country has spoken, and now, considered one of the most common places for child sex trafficking victims to be ad...

Cheering a Contempt Case Against

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.06.2016 | Crime
Kevin M. Ryan

The controversy over's escort service ads and their link to child sex trafficking is traveling through the state and federal courts, the financial services industry, and the court of public opinion.

Kate Nace Day: Human Trafficking Activist

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

I first met Kate Nace Day when I took part in the 2012 Fighting Trafficking through Film forum, a project produced by the Boston Initiative to Advanc...

Senate Holds In Contempt Over Sex Trafficking Ads

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to hold classified ad website in contempt of Congress, inv...

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: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Dale Cooper

The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.

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...

Christina Wilkie

Ahead Of MLB All-Star Game, New Hope For Victims Of Game-Day Sex Trafficking | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- With one week to go before the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star game in Cincinnati, nonprofits there are employing an unusual item to...

Kim Bellware

It Just Got Harder To Sell Sex Online | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business

CHICAGO -- Major credit card companies, including American Express, Visa and MasterCard, will no longer let their cards be used to purchase adult ads ...

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.

Is Liable?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The girls seek damages from -- believed to sell the most online prostitution ads involving children in the country -- for creating an illegal online marketplace and policing it in bad faith. After published their pictures and sales pitches about them, the girls, ages 13 and 15, were repeatedly raped by customers.

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

Woman Allegedly Tries To Sell 4-Year-Old For Sex

Posted 10.31.2013 | Crime

A woman and man from Michigan were arraigned Wednesday on charges of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime after she ...

Public Schools Employee Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Prostitution

Posted 09.21.2013 | Denver

Eight men, including one public schools employee, were arrested at an Aurora hotel on suspicion of child prostitution last Friday. The Arapahoe Co...

David Lohr

PHOTOS: 71-Old Woman Arrested For Prostitution In Connecticut | David Lohr | Posted 01.28.2013 | Crime

Connecticut authorities arrested an elderly woman on prostitution charges following a raid at a Glastonbury hotel. According to agent James Kennedy...

Police: Man Killed 4 Women Through Escort Ads, Left Bodies In Car Trunks

Posted 11.26.2012 | Detroit

After four Detroit women were slain, three of whom had placed ads for escort services on, suspect James Brown has been charged with four ...

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?

Former 'John' Urges Others To Avoid Prostitutes

Posted 07.30.2012 | DC

A self-described "former John" who says he is "not an attractive man" and only has sex with prostitutes put up a blog post about being arrested in a p...

Backpage in Our Backyard

Patricia Davis | Posted 08.26.2012 | College
Patricia Davis

Backpage is a very bad neighbor. It is time for Dallas citizens and the Dallas City Council to join the nationwide fight to demand that Backpage stop making a profit from selling children. Not on our watch. Not our children. Not in our backyard!

David Asks Goliath to Quit or Leave

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

In the same place that generations of children learned about freedom, a employee may be accepting fees for ads that facilitate a contemporary form of slavery.

'These Crimes We're Talking About Are Really Tremendously Awful'

| Posted 07.18.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Shoshana Walter Last year, California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined attorneys ...

Animal Rights, Sex Trafficking, LGBT Issues: 10 Petitions To Sign Right Now

Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact

We can’t help but to follow along closely as heartbreaking stories about young girls getting trafficked and gay Boy Scouts volunteers getting fired ...