Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is one of the few journalists in America who has been trying to raise awareness about the children who are continuously prostituted on Backpage. In his latest column entitled ‘Every Parent’s Nightmare’ he tells a horrific story about a woman from Seattle who dropped her 15-year-old daughter off at school one day then didn’t see her for over 100 days because her daughter has been recruited by a pimp and had been repeatedly advertised on Backpage.
What I really want to draw attention to though is the first two sentences of Mr’ Kristof’s column…
We as a society derided the Roman Catholic Church as an accessory to child sexual abuse, and we lambasted Penn State for similar offenses.
Yet we as a society are complicit or passive in a similar way, by allowing a popular website called Backpage.com to be used to arrange child rape.
Personally I think it’s because while Backpage is a multi-million dollar business it still flies under the media radar and the average person isn’t really aware that Backpage even exists. I’m afraid it will have to take some truly horrendous crime to happen to a child that’s been turned out on Backpage before most people become aware of its existence and the problem within.
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is one of the few journalists who has taken a stance against Backpage. He has been penning columns about them for years. In his latest column about Backpage he talks about the lawsuit against Backpage filed by two Massachusetts women who were underage at the time they were trafficked for sex on Backpage. I can’t do his column justice so I’ll post some relevant selections.
About the so-called freedom of speech argument…
Some readers may scoff that this is about censorship of free speech. No, it’s about human rights — because one of the most searing rights abuses in America is the sexual exploitation of children.
On Backpage’s screening process…
Backpage also makes it hard to search for missing girls by allowing scrambled phone numbers in sex ads. If you sell a dog on Backpage in the pet section, you must post a numeric phone number; sell sex with a girl, and you can use a nonsearchable version — such as zero12-345-six78nine — that makes it more difficult for police or family members to locate a missing child with a simple Internet search.
Likewise, Backpage allows ads to be paid for with untraceable credit cards or even with Bitcoin. It doesn’t require any age verification or real names.
And Backpage’s obvious hypocrisy…
Liz McDougall, the lawyer for Backpage, declined to comment on the allegations in the lawsuits, but she told me: “We remain committed to effective measures of prevention and successful prosecution of this heinous crime.”
That’s absurd. Backpage claims to report possible sex-trafficking cases, but Yiota Souras, the general counsel of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says that “Backpage’s reporting is not conducted in good faith.”
Yet even people who work to get trafficking victims off the street continue to believe that Backpage actually wants to solve a problem that they themselves are not only perpetuating but making millions of dollars from. Without the ads that traffic women in children in sexual slavery Backpage would wither and die, they know that and any thing they say or do is only done with the objective of continuing to make money at the cost of their victims.
Goldman fund to exit company owning sex traffic site:
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has been writing some columns lately critical of Village Voice Media’s and Backpage’s connection to sex trafficking. Recently he discovered that Goldman Sachs has been part owner of The Village Voice since 2000. With that revelation Goldman Sachs has stated they will be dumping their stake in The Village Voice at a substantial loss.
In case you’re wondering it is that Goldman Sachs we’re talking about. One of the most evil financial institutions ever created.
When Goldman Sachs takes the moral high ground not only is it a cold day in hell but it should show Village Voice Media and Backpage just how wrong they are in continuing in the business of selling women and children into sexual slavery.