Protest Human Trafficking: On March 29, protesters delivered 100 pairs of girls’ shoes to Village Voice offices in New York, representing the children bought and sold for sex on the classifieds website Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media.
Along with the shoes came more than 225,000 signatures on a petition on Change.org calling on Village Voice Media to stop allowing child sex traffickers and pimps to advertise on their site. But the ads for sex with minors are still running.
Now, child sex trafficking survivor “Paula K.” is asking the owners of Village Voice Media — who were just revealed by New York Times columnist Nick Kristoff after intense investigation — to use their power to stamp out child sex trafficking on Backpage.com for good.
Paula started a petition on Change.org telling Village Voice Media co-owners Alta Communications and Brynwood Partners to do everything in their power to shut down Backpage.com’s adult ads section. Click here to sign Paula’s petition now.
Paula was drugged and forced into prostitution when she was 15 years old. Now, having rebuilt her life, she is joining 51 State Attorneys General, faith leaders and 10 U.S. Senators to publicly call on Village Voice Media to shut down their adult ads where minors are sold for sex.
Already, several big name companies with stake in Village Voice Media — like Goldman Sachs — have sold off their shares in response to the pressure. Village Voice Media owners Alta Communications and Brynwood Partners are tied to big consumer brands like the Boston Celtics, Pretzel Flipz and Balance Bar. If they feel the prestige of those brands is on the line, the companies will have to take action to stop child sex trafficking on Backpage.com.
Sign Paula’s petition and tell these major companies with a stake in Backpage.com that the best way to protect their brands is to get the company they own out of child sex trafficking — by publicly demanding Village Voice Media shut down sex ads on Backpage.com.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
– Amanda and the Change.org team