Village Voice Advertisers: Pull Advertisement until Backpage.com Adult Section is Shut Down
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American Apparel
Press Response
American Apparel
Editorial Requests
Warner Bros Entertainment
Stacey Hoppe
Warner Bros Domestic Publicity
Dennis Higgins
Disney
Alannah Hall-Smith
Cirque de Soleil
Media Response
Cirque de Soleil Corporate PR Manager
Chantal Cote
Lululemon
Lululemon
Hooters
Hooters
Hooters
Hooters
Whole Foods
foursquare
L.A. Philharmonic
L.A. Philharmonic
Whole Foods
Disney
Kathryn Kranhold

Village Voice Advertisers: Pull Advertisement until Backpage.com Adult Section is Shut Down

    1. Lily Munroe
    2. Petition by

      Lily Munroe

      Queensland, Australia

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September 2012

Victory

Earlier this week, Village Voice Media president Scott Tobias announced that VVM will split off from its Backpage.com online advertising site and create a new company for its alternative weekly newspapers and websites. "The company split appears aimed at slowing an exodus of national and local advertisers from Village Voice Media in recent months" states the Huffington Post. And this is all thanks to people like you who called upon these advertisers to think beyond profits and take responsibility for their business choices. While current owners Jim Larson and Mike Lacey will still retain ownership of Backpage.com, this at least sends a message to the owners and to Village Voice that a significant amount of people, including companies and corporations, hold firm that being a host for human trafficking is unacceptable, even for the sake of profit and furthering business. There is never a time or place for the compromise of values, especially the dignity of a woman or child, for the sake of entertainment, financial gain, or personal pleasure. This campaign proves that the will of the people maintains that our entertainment and social media industries must hold to higher standards. This is not the end of the fight against child sex trafficking on Backpage.com, but it certainly is a hugely important milestone. For more information: http://news.yahoo.com/village-voice-being-sold-backpage-com-left-behind-112118441--finance.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/village-voice-backpage-breakup_n_1908347.html

Companies who have dropped Village Voice Media:  Starbucks, Macy's, Crown Imports, MillerCoors, AT&T, LiveNation, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC Film Forum, High Times, Children's Wish Foundation International, Relativity Media, REI, American Airlines, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Buddy Stubbs, Harley Davidson, Harkins Theatre, Park Avenue Church, Carnegie Hall, NY Public Radio, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, IKEA, Miami Dolphins, H&M, Best Buy, T-Mobile, US Bank, LG, ASPCA, SF MOMA, IHOP, Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, Seattle Art Museum

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On Backpage.com, there are countless adults and minors being trafficked every day through the ads posted. Traffickers may falsify photos, ages, and certainly identity, or have other adults or minors 'available' as an addition or alternative to the person posted. It is extremely easy for them to circumvent any existing and lacking laws and policies that prohibit this. Although Village Voice cooperates with police with investigation, there are so few that are actually captured per the hundreds of adults and children that are exploited every single night, who are forced to suffer through 5 to 20 acts of intruisive, illlicit sexual acts, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (minus days where the victim has been too ill or injured from abuse to perform).

I'm addressing this to the following top advertisers: American Apparel, Cirque de Soleil, Disney, Lululemon, Warner Brothers, Whole Foods, LA Philharmonic, foursquare and Hooters.

Each advertiser addressed in this is considered prominent among Village Voice supporters and in America at large. You all make such an impact on our society, our culture. With that influence comes grave responsibility. Your decisions impact thousands of people every day. This not only includes your products, but also the principles you stand on and advocate.

So, I urge you to consider, in the comfort of the fruit of your labors, those who have been forced into a life of modern day sexual slavery. You, from right where you are, have the opportunity to make a vital impact on their lives, their futures. You will be able to say that you and your company has good moral conscience for the well-being of all, and you will have stood up for those who can't stand up for themselves.

As an avid movie-goer enjoying Warner Brothers and Disney pictures so many times, I would be more than proud to say that you all took a stand for these precious ones, and I would certainly be a far more reaching advertiser for you in the process!!

What do you say? This is an amazing opportunity, not only for you, but most importantly for these adults and children. Tell Village Voice respectfully that you cannot support a website that is a seedbed of facilitating the exploitation of your and our sisters and children.

Many blessings to you and favor upon your company for years to come as you take this to heart and make the decision to pull advertisement until Village Voice pulls Backpage.com.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Hooters responds:

      Hooters

      this is bogus and the names are fake


    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. More clarity on Backpage's ineffectiveness to be an internet sheriff

      B B
      by B B
      Petition Organizer

      See this link...did you know that even suspected ads for minors on Backpage aren't pulled? And for the handful that are being followed up on by law enforcement, there are so many more that aren't being tracked or checked, so many more being exploited, while Village Voice makes an estimated $2 million a month off Backpage's revenue. The following link shows that there are several among law enforcement that do not support Backpage staying open, and they diffuse the deception that 'all the ads will just go to other sites if Backpage is closed.'

    4. A lurid journey through Backpage.com

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Go to Backpage.com, choose any city in any state, then click on the adult section of the nationwide classified ads website.
      Young women wearing almost nothing pose provocatively. One of the first advertisements I open shows a girl in lacy black underwear. Her eyes are downcast, and she appears much younger than 19, the age stated in her ad.
      No one checks whether it's true - not the ages or the identities of these young women. Someone else is clearly taking the picture. The pose appears unnatural, forced.

    5. Starbucks, Best Buy Pull Village Voice Ads, Sign Petition...

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The 27 companies that recently pulled their ads from the Village Voice are the newest advocates to join the fight in protecting girls from being trafficked through the publication.

    6. Village Voice Not Backing Down After 27 Companies Pull Ads....

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Twenty seven major advertisers, including H&M, AT&T, and Ikea, have pulled their ads from Village Voice Media due to the company's alleged links to child sex trafficking.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Joshua Adams SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Wow whole foods! I thought better of you than to continue to advertise on such a site.

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    • Mandi Leavelle LORENA, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm sick of this.

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    • Meg Bodin NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      What if someone stole your wife, your girlfriend, your sister, your daughter, your friend... AND PUT THEM UP FOR SALE?

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    • Valerie Lee MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      i wish ever woman would realize how beautiful they are and there worth so much.

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    • Sherri Ross-Worm JESSUP, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a mom. this is outrageous! shut it down!!

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