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Remember when people on Craigslist got busted for using the website to sell sex?

My writing teacher/mentor sent me this OP-ED by Nicholas Kristof from the NY Times (because it relates to the novel I’m writing for my thesis/breakout into the novel-writing-world).   In summary, Kristof gives a morbid and disturbing account of a teenage girl who has been sold several times on Backpage.com, a classified ads website monitored by Village Voice Media (the same people who put out the paper).  He says that the website,

accounts for about 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five Web sites that carry such ads in the United States, earning more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads…

Here’s an online petition that he gives from Change.com to help put an end to this.   The petition writers say this about the cause:

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.

Maybe I am naive, but my mind is shot at the thought that this company/website hasn’t been severely punished yet for this.


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I had one of those this morning when my friend Ann (who is in the middle of a really cool project, read about it here) sent me a link to this blog:


The problems the author works through on this post, particularly the stuff about “biblical womanhood” are things I’ve been working through for a helluva while.  It’s just so great to see that I’m not alone on this.  Plus, she uses the word “deconstruct” when reading the Bible.  It’s Derrida week over here in grad school and so the timing is impeccable.

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