The article I linked to is from Westword which is the Denver arm of the Village Voice Media propaganda machine. In it they detail the human trafficking atrocities committed by one Hassan Mayo.
Mayo recently pleaded guilty to trafficking and was sentenced to 16 years. His most heinous offense was selling a woman to another pimp for $400 after he didn’t get his $600 asking price. Police got to Mayo when the woman he sold was busted during a sting that was conducted through, you guessed it, the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. That’s even noted in the Westword article. What gets me is the ‘disclaimer’ that Westword included after mention that tidbit.
Backpage.com supports the prosecution of individuals who misuse the site for illegal activity.
They say this for two reasons. The first one is because it’s good PR, if there is such a thing. The second is becuase they already have the money they made from the ad by the time the pimp is arrested. I seriously doubt that money is given back or even donated after one of them turns out to be used for illegal activity.
So since backpage and VVM make money off these ads for illegal services, i.e. the sex trafficking of women and children, doesn’t that make them pimps by proxy? So they’re all for prosecuting someone who makes money from prostitution except themselves. Then it’s a ‘free speech’ issue all of a sudden.
Notice what they don’t support is removing the adult section of backpage. That would go much further in slowing human trafficking in this country than prosecuting the odd pimp that’s caught through backpage. But if they did that they’re dying medium would collapse. Village Voice Media is allowing the trafficking of women and children on backpage just so they can sell a few newspapers basically stating that the women and kids who are trafficked on their sites aren’t worth the cost of a paper.
Backpage crime post #197
Prostitution/Human Trafficking post #784