The other night ABC’s Nightline did a story on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. I missed it and you probably missed it too. Thanks to the wonders of the internet you can watch it now. I implore you to watch this video. It’s not too long but packs a punch in what it has.
I was horrified after I watched this video. Not just because the of the story of Jessica who as a teen was slashed in the face by her pimp with a potato peeler and then ate the skin. Not just because of the story of Megan who was turning 20 tricks a night through backpage. I was mostly horrified by backpage’s new head legal weasel Liz McDougall.
How arrogant can she possibly be. To honestly think that backpage is the solution and not the problem and to think that she’s smarter than 48 state attorneys general. Not to mention how she refused to answer about the millions that backpage makes off of these ads.
But the one thing that truly scared me is something that was just glossed over by the story. Backpage is looking to move their operations off shore away from possible US prosecution. Does that sound like something a company would do to combat human trafficking or to perpetuate it?
Is anybody really being fooled by this? The better question is why aren’t more people outraged by this?
Thanks to Cori for the tip.
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