Sex trafficking of girls and boys on Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media, is becoming a disturbing trend. A Georgia man was arrested for pimping two 17-year-old girls around the Nashville area. Detectives responded to a suspicious ad on Backpage.com and drove to a motel. There, they found the teens and their 37-year-old pimp, as well as a laptop computer, likely used for the online advertising. Just four days prior to that, four people in Denver were arrested for forcing a teen girl into prostitution. They also advertised her sexual services, including semi-nude pictures, on Backpage. And last year, a South Dakota couple was arrested for selling underage girls for sex on …. wait for it … Backpage.com yet again.
Village Voice Media has a moral responsibility to ensure that young girls and boys aren’t being abused in the commercial sex industry with help from their website. Now, a rising movement of people of many faiths and backgrounds, motivated by their shared moral convictions, are taking action to end this practice. Please join us in demanding that Village Voice Media – Backpage.com’s parent company – stop selling ads that others use to sell minors on Backpage.com by shutting down the Adult section of the website.
Sign the Petition NOW!
Read the bombshell article by Nick Kristof in the New York Times, who profiled a survivor of child sex trafficking who was sold on Backpage.com repeatedly, and on the horrifying news of a Long Island gang who abducted and abused a 15-year old girl, selling her for sex via Backpage.com, according to court documents and press accounts.