Nineteen Senators Write Letter to Village Voice Media Telling Them to Stop Partaking in Human Trafficking

snapshot of the Senators' signatures

Nineteen Senators have written a letter to Village Voice Media, calling for it to end its role in sex trafficking through its company, backpage.com.

Backpage.com has gained recognition recently for its role in allowing pimps/johns to advertise their prostitutes- young women and children who have been trafficked from all over the world- through its website. While other sites, like craigslist.com, has removed adult services from its website, backpage.com continues to take part in human trafficking.

The First Amendment has its limits. Freedom of speech does not extend to child pornography OR the trafficking of humans. And if Backpage.com is not willing to alter its site, then it needs to be held accountable for what it is doing. International human rights guarantee people’s freedom from slavery and

If backpage.com- and its parent company, Village Voice Media- are not willing to alter its site to comply with international law, which says all people are born equal and free from slavery, then they must be held accountable. This is because there is no difference between the person who is physically trafficking the women and forcing them to engage in sexual activity and the person (in this case website) that allows these women to be sold through advertisements.

Original site of letter.

 

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Nineteen Senators Write Letter to Village Voice Media Telling Them to Stop Partaking in Human Trafficking

  1. Pingback: Is this the end of Backpage.com? « Bazaar Daily News

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