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Tribune Owned Newspapers Must Stop Human Trafficking Advertising

We are asking you to join us in calling for an end to "Escort" and similar advertisements in Tribune Company owned newspapers like the the Hartford Advocate in Connecticut. These ads were proven to promote human trafficking violations during the Federal trial of United States vs. Dennis Paris trial in 2007. In that case, the Hartford Advocate was used as the exclusive channel for advertising his victims – some as young as 14 years old. Since then, the very same ads have continued to run each week unabated. It is time for this open human rights violation to stop. You can help right now. The Tribune Company is the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher. Tell Eddy W. Hartenstein, the Tribune’s President and CEO, along with Josh Mamis, Group Publisher of New Mass Media and the Hartford Advocate, that these blatant advertisements for sex trafficking victims must stop.

After you sign this petition, there is much more you can do. Write snail mail, email, blogs - everything you can, everywhere you can - to get the message out. Tell your friends about this important petition and get them on board. Then, post messages to Tribune journalists and reporters let them know you are working to stop these ads from continuing.

This petition was delivered to:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Tribune Company
    Eddy W. Hartenstein
  • Group Publisher, New Mass Media
    Josh Mamis


    Raymond Bechard started this petition with a single signature, and now has 1,052 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.