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'Village Voice' Sues Yelp For Using The Phrase 'Best Of'

Posted 10.31.2012 | Home

If you think "best" and "of" are generic words, free to be used by anyone who wants to award a superlative, you're apparently angling for a fight with...

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 Backpage.com online advertising site and create a new company fo...

Whither Alt Weeklies? A Reality Check

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

Now, with many more papers and far less revenue, VVM faces a mountain of debt with no discernible exit strategy.

Judge Blocks Law Checking Ages Of People In Sex Ads

AP | Posted 07.28.2012 | Crime

SEATTLE -- A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday to block enforcement of a new Washington state law that would require classified adv...

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 Backpage.com employee may be accepting fees for ads that facilitate a contemporary form of slavery.

Alicia Keys, Pearl Jam, REM And More Speak Out Against Backpage Sex Ads

Posted 04.26.2012 | New York

The backlash against Village Voice Media's ownership of Backpage.com continues with a group of high-profile musicians speaking out against the controv...

Ann Romney Trust Invested In Questionable Fund

Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

By Greg Roumeliotis A blind trust in the name of Ann Romney, wife of Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, was an investor in a fun...

Ann Romney's Blind Trust Invested In Controversial Sex Site Via Goldman

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

By Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) - A blind trust in the name of Ann Romney, wife of Republican U.S. pre...

Why The Village Voice Must Shut Down Backpage.com's Adult Section

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Called upon to act by a multifaith clergy coalition of hundreds of rabbis, ministers, imams, priests, and other religious and moral leaders, Village Voice has claimed that this issue is "complicated."

Nicholas Kristof Vs. The Village Voice On Backpage Sex-Trafficking

Posted 03.21.2012 | New York

New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof reignited his war against Village Voice Media with a new editorial, "Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods," ...

Pimps Using The Internet To Peddle Their Goods

www.nytimes.com | Posted 03.18.2012 | Technology

I WENT on a walk in Manhattan the other day with a young woman who once had to work these streets, hired out by eight pimps while she was just 16 and ...

Council Members, Change.org Fight To Stop Trafficking On Village Voice Site

Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact

Change.org is getting help from New York council members to pressure the Village Voice to shut down its adult section of classified ads. The social...

Urban Legends and Hoaxes: How Hyperbole Hurts Trafficking Victims

Rachel Lloyd | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Rachel Lloyd

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.

Escort Ads, Sex Slaves and Four Dead Women

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If Backpage.com can't monitor its ads carefully enough to keep nudity out of its ads, how can anyone believe that it can keep underage people from being offered up for sale?

Making Sex Workers Visible in the Village Voice Ad Controversy

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Media
Michelle Chen

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.

The Horrible Truth: Penn State Is The Tip Of The Iceberg

Isaac Luria | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media
Isaac Luria

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?

One Child Is Too Many

Valarie Kaur | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Valarie Kaur

Websites like Backpage.com legitimize the sex trafficking of minors by giving a prominent commercial platform to their pimps and adult customers. We need a groundswell to end this practice.

Child Sex, Money and Village Voice Media

Trevor Neilson | Posted 09.12.2011 | Media
Trevor Neilson

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.

Voice Labor Settlement: High Drama or Foregone Conclusion?

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

To state as a fact that a strike was "narrowly averted" has little more meaning than if I told you I narrowly averted missing dinner by consuming a sandwich just two hours before bedtime.

Village Voice, Continuing Its Progressive Attacks On Celebrities Tackling Social Ills, Turns Its Sights On George Clooney and Darfur

David Kronke | Posted 09.05.2011 | Comedy
David Kronke

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.

Village Voice Staff Set To Strike

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media

Staffers at The Village Voice are set to strike if they can't agree on contract negotiations by midnight on June 30th. According to the union pre...

Protecting The Mothers of Tomorrow

Deborah Richardson | Posted 07.12.2011 | Impact
Deborah Richardson

Let us join together to create zero tolerance for the buying and selling of children for sex because if even one girl is trapped in sexual slavery, it is one girl too many.

Deception in Advertising: Local Sex Ads and Human Trafficking Victims

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

Anti-human trafficking advocates say that explicit advertisements in many of New York City's local publications fuel brothels.

For You To Succeed, Must Someone Else Fail?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

"You have to know when to kick ass and when to kiss ass." That Tweetable maxim was Leonard Stern's principal advice to me during the six years I wor...