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!
Hyperbole only obscures the true issue and damages the movement's credibility. It's critical that as a field that we pay attention to statistics, instead of focusing on media-friendly quick fixes and sensationalized stories.
The perspectives of sex workers are sidelined in the public discourse on sex ads. Of the many politically savvy voices that fill the debate, few belong to the human beings on whose bodies this culture war is being waged.
What if the horror of what happened at Penn State was happening on a larger scale all over the country? What if a Web site made money providing a platform where kids were regularly sold for sex, right here in America?
When Craiglist closed the adult services section of its website last fall, it left a lot of money on the table. Village Voice Media was the single biggest beneficiary of Craigslist closing this section of the website.
Village Voice Media, fresh off its triumph putting Ashton Kutcher in his place for trying to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking, has directed its crosshairs to an even bigger celebrity and a more vexing issue.