1:41 PM, April 10th, 2012

The forces behind the censoring of Craigslist clearly know little of the real world. Now, they’re after Backpage. To assume that removing the Adult Services ads sections of our newspapers would magically eliminate the abuse of anyone is absurd. The fact is that there are people who post on Adult Services that are of legal age and independent. I should know—I am one of those women.

That’s Maria, a 48-year-old hairdresser and artist who supplements her income selling sexual services to clients that she meets online. She’s quoted in our story about the Village Voice’s Backpage.com, written by a former sex worker

9:00 AM, September 11th, 2011
I remember that the newspapers on the table in the press office were instantly irrelevant, they were reflecting a different world - news from another century.
Rudy’s speechwriter John Avlon describing 9/11/2001 to Harry Seigel at the Village Voice. (via azipaybarah)
Reblogged from Azi Paybarah
2:00 PM, July 7th, 2011

Michelle Goldberg weighs in on the Ashton Kutcher-Village Voice feud over underage sex trafficking, and clarifies what the Village Voice got wrong in its reporting:

Unfortunately, the Voice story perpetuates the very regressive ideas about “real” trafficking victims that activists have spent a decade fighting. At one point, the reporters get one of the researchers behind the disputed number to admit, “Kids who are kidnapped and sold into slavery—that number would be very small.” Indeed, he says, there are probably only a few hundred such victims.

But a girl hardly needs to be kidnapped to be trafficked. Many are pimped out by men who claim to love them, or by relatives. Some are runaways or addicts. It has taken activists a long time to convince law enforcement that these girls are victims of a crime, not perpetrators. The typical trafficking victim “isn’t a kid from Middle America, frankly,” says Lloyd. “This is a kid who’s been abandoned and failed by every institution. The fact that The Village Voice, of all newspapers, is not getting the connections around race and class with this issue is mind-boggling to me.”

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