Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy Attack Ad in Today's New York Times Over Backpage

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Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to the Village Voice, the Observer's New York sister paper, and the classified ad site The full page ad was published in the New York Times.

The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.

Neither government officials nor God's advocates can dictate such arbitrary control of business or speech.

In August this same religious coalition asked for a confidential meeting regarding We readily agreed. As we prepared to share our information, we were informed that only four members of the coalition would attend.

Village Voice Media, which owns the Observer, then offered to fly, at our expense, all members of the clerical delegation to New York for the conference. has extensive, working relationships with law enforcement, from the FBI to local police. This is part of a concerted effort to protect underage kids from predators. We looked forward to sharing this data.

In response to our willingness to confer, the clergy used a public relations firm in Washington to reprint in the New York Times a modified copy of the letter the clergy sent to the Village Voice in August. The version that was printed today had been altered, and left out both the coalition's request for a private dialogue aimed at solutions, as well as's acceptance of the request, and offer to fund air travel for all interested clergy.

Backpage has spent millions of dollars and dedicated countless resources to protecting children from those who would misuse an adult site.

Much of this information is publicly available. For example, the Dayton Daily News reported last month that:

"To its credit, Backpage this year took major steps to police its ads to help curb sex trafficking," said [Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, DC]. "Backpage has been aggressively reviewing their ads and trying to remove those ads that are unlawful and suggest they involve the sale of kids for sex," Allen said. "Backpage has reported to us 1,600 ads that they believe are suspicious." Allen said Backpage management appears to be genuinely committed to helping stop sex trafficking."
It is true that, in carrying out their crimes, criminals continue to utilize services such as cell phones by Verizon and AT&T, and overnight delivery services such as FedEx and numerous internet sites . But that does not shift the blame from criminal predators to legal business operators.

If someone is caught shipping contraband through the Post Office, we do not shut down the U.S. mail.

Complicated issues require sophisticated solutions, not PR flurries.

Adult advertising, as found on Craigslist, Yelp, Facebook, Twitter, and numerous other web sites is complicated by those who seek to exploit this technology.

And the issues surrounding the exploitation of children are equally complex, often involving homelessness, drugs, and abuse at home. is a digital classified site with an adult component that is attempting to be part of the solution. And we remain open to the possibility of conversation with these religious leaders.

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Thank you for writing your article about the Child Sex SlaveMyth. PLEASE, PLEASE Write more articles about this, and the Child Super BowlSex Slave Myth, and Sports sex slave myth and the Myths in the United Kingdom,Germany World Cup, Olympics, etc. You should keep having more cover stories inevery Village Voice Media publication around America and afull report each week on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being toldabout sex trafficking slaves.


The lying people, get all the press. It is time the truthfulpeople get some press.


In order to do this you must KEEP IT UP. Until other newsorganization pick up the story. Each week you need to have a big NATIONAL coverstory on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sextrafficking slaves. There is plenty to write about!

I would like to see a major national news organization do a full investigative report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking:


You should include the link and TV Video below in a futurestory from WFAA Dallas TV Newsabout the Super Bowl Child Sex Slave Myth:


Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links:


Dallas TV Newsshow about super bowl sex slave myth:


Video only:

News night BBC video: 

Guardian newspaper: 

Nick Davies - About Truth in the Media:

Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O'Malley

Let the FBI investigate. 

Then let those same FBI investigators investigate the Catholic church, which has had sex with thousands and thousands and thousands of children in the US alone, and then covered it up.  In the case of the Catholic church, it isn't just child sex, its organized crime and cover up. 

Use the same RICO statutes that they use to infiltrate the mob. 

Thanks, Catholic church.  People almost forgot that you are the world experts on having sex with children.


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So these yahoos demand a meeting, VVM not only accepts but says we'll pay for you to travel to the meeting, the yahoos then decide they don't want a meeting -- just tell these publicity-hungry whores to go eff themselves.


Didn't the DO at one time stop publishing its adult oriented ads?


Is this the same clergy that protects its pedophiles by moving them around the country to avoid prosecution?

Adult Componentizer
Adult Componentizer

So if I'm pimpin hoes and none of them are underage I should give myself a pat on the back also?

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