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Petitioning Village Voice Media backpage.com and 2 others

DEMAND A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION TO STOP SEX TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION!

ARE YOU REALLY INTERESTED IN STANDING UP AGAINST PIMPS, PREVENTING EXPLOITATION OF MINORS and PREVENTING ANOTHER CRAIGSLIST KILLER? 

My name is Mariko Passion.  I am an adult industry worker of 13 years, over the age of 18 and I am not being forced or coerced to do any work with or for anyone.  I am not being held against my well.  In other words: I am not a sex trafficking victim.  I am an advertiser on backpage.com and was a former erotic services provider on Craigslist.com. before the appearance of the Craigslist killer when things became more difficult to advertise.  I feel compelled to make this video to put a face to those that do this work and hope that I can urge you to TRULY TAKE A STAND to help those of us that are often victims of violence because we are pushed underground, forced to be ashamed and secretive about what we do and often feel that the police will not want to help us when we are victims of rape, robbery or as we saw in the Philip Markoff case: murder.

The SOLUTION to combating violence and exploitation in our industry is not to eliminate advertising sources.  Many adult providers who are NOT in human trafficking situations are also mothers, part time workers, students in college, artists, persons who would otherwise be homeless or stuck in domestic violence situations and many many other things.  Eliminating craigslist adult services and moving onto eliminating ads in  backpage, where many of us now advertise will hurt the last bastion of income many of us have.

I am proposing that advertising outlets that wish to run adult industry ads be required to create a VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION in their newspapers or websites.  This is very similar to the 2257 laws that the porn industry uses to combat claims of and actually stop the employment of underage performers in their videos.  It is also a system that is already in place by other more upscale adult provider websites like Eros.com

To advertise in this section MUST BE AFFORDABLE.  Every adult provider who comes into the advertising office to verify themselves is actually making a small contribution to STOPPING TRAFFICKING by supporting a simple verification system that helps to prevent exploitation by a 3rd party.  This system makes the adult voluntary workers and papers like LA Weekly, gawker, backpage, or others MORE responsible to the realities of possible exploitation that may exist in our work.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION will give verified adult providers ad space at a discounted rate that is competitive with craigslist/backpage rates per week about $35-45/week, which actually will create INDEPENDENCE from agencies or pimps that have more credit cards or capital to invest in full page buyouts of weekly papers, postcard littering campaigns on sidewalks or billboard trucks driving up and down streets.  THIS IS HOW A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION WILL TAKE A STAND AGAINST PIMPS AND AGENCIES.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION will ALSO be beneficial to the customers of such ads.  There will be no mistaking a A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER as a trafficked person or minor.  There will also be the added assurance for the client that the provider is only allowed to represent their own image in the ads that they run.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER verifies that they are over 18 with government issued ID, are not being held against their will, are not being forced to exchange services by a third party, are entering agreements with clientele from ads willingly, AND are using REAL pictures and representing their own advertising and business decisions as listed in any ads with said publication.  They must come into the media outlet office and sign a written agreement.

Information gathered from VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER will not contain any more information about the provider than their age and that they are not trafficked.  It shall not be used to gather information to be used against the adult providers.  NO questions in the verification process will be used to incriminate workers in any way.  They are simply verifying that they are over 18 and advertising adult services on their own will.  THEY WILL UNDER NOT BE REQUIRED TO STATE WHAT ADULT SERVICES THEY PROVIDE WHETHER ILLEGAL OR LEGAL.  (some adult providers work and advertise LEGALLY as phone sex operators, non sexual BDSM providers, and exotic dancer/strippers)  We emphasize the protection of all adult service providers by not asking questions which could be used against them in a court of law.

THEY  It is a TRUE effort from media publications to help adult worker safety.   It is an effort to create a REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE to the strategies currently being used by the moral majority as the solution.

 

 

 

Letter to
Village Voice Media backpage.com
Adult Classifieds Manager LA Weekly
Jim Buckmaster craigslist
We, the undersigned petitions are in support of establishing a VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION in your adult advertising section which includes any ads for adult services in the headings escort, massage, or adult entertainment.

We understand that the adult entertainment ads are a vital part of the economy of your media source as well as they are a vital part of the economy of those adult providers that utilize your media as an outlet. We write in support of your support of free speech and the livelihood of those that advertise with you who are over 18 and entering advertising contracts on their own will without a pimp, trafficker or agency putting fake pictures out to represent them or exploiting their labor by force, fraud or coercion.

For a VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER to advertise in this section, it MUST BE AFFORDABLE. Every adult provider who comes into the advertising office to verify themselves is actually making a small contribution to STOPPING TRAFFICKING by supporting a simple verification system that helps to prevent exploitation by a 3rd party. This system makes the adult voluntary workers and media outlets like yours MORE responsible to the realities of possible exploitation that may exist in our work. There is no more convenient of a time to take a stand against child exploitation by doing a one time verification that all providers in any ads are of legal age.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION will give verified adult providers ad space at a discounted rate that is competitive with craigslist/backpage rates per week ( about $35-45/week per 4 line ad) This pricing will actually create INDEPENDENCE from agencies or pimps that have more credit cards or capital to invest in full page buyouts of weekly papers, postcard littering campaigns on sidewalks or billboard trucks driving up and down streets. THIS IS HOW A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION WILL TAKE A STAND AGAINST PIMPS AND AGENCIES.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER SECTION will ALSO be beneficial to the customers of such ads. There will be no mistaking a A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER as a trafficked person or minor. There will also be the added assurance for the client that the provider is only allowed to represent their own image in the ads that they run.

A VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER verifies that they are over 18 with government issued ID, are not being held against their will, are not being forced to exchange services by a third party, are entering agreements with clientele from ads willingly, AND are using REAL pictures and representing their own advertising and business decisions as listed in any ads with said publication. They must come into the media outlet office and sign a written agreement.

Information gathered from VERIFIED ADULT PROVIDER will not contain any more information about the provider than their age and that they are not trafficked. It shall not be used to gather information to be used against the adult providers. NO questions in the verification process will be used to incriminate workers in any way. They are simply verifying that they are over 18 and advertising adult services on their own will. THEY WILL UNDER NOT BE REQUIRED TO STATE WHAT ADULT SERVICES THEY PROVIDE WHETHER ILLEGAL OR LEGAL. (some adult providers work and advertise LEGALLY as phone sex operators, non sexual BDSM providers, and exotic dancer/strippers) We emphasize the protection of all adult service providers by not asking questions which could be used against them in a court of law.

It is a TRUE effort from media publications to help adult worker safety. It is an effort to create a REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE to the strategies currently being used by the moral majority as the solution.

ADULT PROVIDERS and the general concerned public ARE LOOKING for solutions to this problem, and are looking for media outlets to take responsibility. We hope that our signing of this petition will convince you to create a simple verification system that will stop child exploitation, human trafficking and support verified adult providers who want to continue to support your media outlet and are urging you to work with adult providers to create a WORKABLE SOLUTION that does not end in systematic elimination. Thank you for considering our lives and safety.

Mariko Passion
Sex Workers Outreach Project