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Senate resolution tells Village Voice to take down ‘adult entertainment’ section

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The Hill

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday night that calls on the newspaper Village Voice “to act as a responsible global citizen” by taking down its “adult entertainment” section of its classified advertising website.

Lawmakers said that website, Backpage. com, ends up promoting child sex trafficking in the United States.

“The numbers are rising, in part because it has become frighteningly simple to order a child prostitute on the Internet. One merely needs to look at the classified ads on Backpage.com, the leading Web site for prostitution advertising in the United States according to the Advanced Interactive Media, AIM, Group,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said when the resolution was adopted by the Senate. “Just a few clicks on this site easily enables ‘johns’ to purchase children for sex. Law enforcement believes that the existence of Backpage encourages the recruitment of victims for sexual exploitation because it allows traffickers to operate out of sight from police patrols.”

In addition, S. Res. 439 expressed that the Senate supports the efforts of law enforcement agencies to provide training to law enforcement agents on how to identify victims of sex trafficking, investigate cases of sex trafficking, prosecute sex trafficking offenses and rescue victims of sex trafficking.

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  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 23rd, 2012

    I thought the Village Voice was entirely an “Adult Section”.

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  2. Houston

    December 23rd, 2012

    I sure wish the Senate would pass a budget which is actually part of their job.

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  3. Ornery1

    December 23rd, 2012

    Adult Entertainment, the Senate–either way someone’s getting f****d.

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  4. cfm990

    December 23rd, 2012

    Backpage.com. Were child sex is a commodity, and weapons sales are evil.

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  5. Cynic

    December 23rd, 2012

    Child sex trafficking is reprehensible. Curtailing free speech is as well. I have to say I gotta go with free speech on this one.

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  6. cfm990

    December 23rd, 2012

    Since when, is advertising illegal activity, free speech?

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  7. Moe tom

    December 23rd, 2012

    The fucking Senate has nothing better to do? I’ve never even seen the Village Voice. Forfucksake!

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  8. BigFurHat

    December 23rd, 2012

    They shut down an ad section that happens to have contained underage sex trafficking (it’s not a child sex newspaper), yet, they don’t shut down Mel Reynolds!!!
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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  9. Moe tom

    December 23rd, 2012

    The fucking Senate is worried about a bunch of queers and pedophiles in the village? Fuckem.!

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  10. Edith McCrotch

    December 23rd, 2012

    Somehow, someway this will end up in the continued increase of the taxing of tobbacco use…

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