Confirmed victory
Petitioning Vice President of Advertising, The Washington Post Ken Babby and 1 other

Tell the Washington Post to Stop Supporting Brothels


Update: On the heels of Craigslist's shutting down of their adult services section and's lawsuit from a child trafficking survivor, The Washington Post has announced they will no longer run ads for massage parlors. The announcement comes after over 3,400 readers and several NGOs complained that these massage parlors are often fronts for human trafficking operations. The WaPo's decision exemplifies the continued trend of businesses making socially responsible decisions

The Washington Post is one of the few remaining large U.S. newspapers that accept advertisements for massage parlors, many of which are thinly veiled, legal fronts for brothels.  The women in many of these brothels are lured by human traffickers under the guise of a legitimate job but then forced into prostitution, subjected to manipulation and false promises, threatened with harm to family members, and/or coerced through debt bondage.

The Washington Post is one of the primary sources used to find these types of brothels in DC Metro Area, through ads in the Sports section.  The Washington Post's disregard for this reality and lack of action to stop the ads makes it complicit in sex trafficking and sexual violence against women. 

Most other well respected newspapers, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times have long banned advertising for certain massage parlors, spas, and other related fronts because of their connection to brothels.  However, The Washington Post is not only turning a blind eye to the victims of human trafficking in brothels, but also profiting from advertising them.

Help end The Washington Post's support for and advertising of brothels by letting them know that it is unacceptable and inexcusable, and that they should stop advertising for them immediately.   Please take action by signing and adding your own message below (as individualized letters are more effective than form letters), and sending it to The Post today.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Vice President of Advertising, The Washington Post
    Ken Babby
  • Ombudsman, The Washington Post
    Andrew Alexander

    This petition starter stood up and took action. Will you do the same?

    Today: Polaris is counting on you

    Polaris needs your help with “Tell the Washington Post to Stop Supporting Brothels”. Join Polaris and 4,140 supporters today.