Village Voice 'Backpage.com' Causes Rocker Protests
Backpage.com is the adult section of the Village Voice, it has an uproar for supposedly offering prostitution and now child sex trafficing. Religious leaders and conservitive groups have protested The Voice for as long as I can remember but it appears to be heating up.
Daniel Bedingfield, Ken Stringfellow, Lera Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Scott McCaughey and Talib Kweli, along with members of Alabama Shakes, Dead Confederate, Drive-By Truckers, The Minus Five and The Posies. Some of the artists are using their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to bring awareness to the campaign to shut down Backpage, according to the New York Times.
“Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country,” former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills said in a statement. “That musicians are now speaking out against Village Voice Media’s refusal to take down the Adult section of Backpage.com where pimps advertise the sale of girls for sex is significant and should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through the use of its site.”
Whoa, thats some heavy stuff. February 2012 reports indicate that Backpage.com brought in $25.4 million in prostitution advertising between January 2011 and January 2012. That figure accounts for about two-thirds of the total prostitution advertising in 23 U.S. cities, making Backpage.com the leading U.S. site for prostitution advertising.
There has been no statements from VV on all this but if I get it right, as long as there is a legal loophole, it will continue. It is a good thing to bring this to the public the only way to harm the industry is financial. AT&T, American Airlines and REI are a few of the national brands that have stopped advertising with Village Voice Media, whose 13 weeklies include New York City’s The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Houston Press and Phoenix New Times.