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.