- Eddy W. HartensteinPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Tribune Company
- Josh MamisGroup Publisher, New Mass Media
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.
- President and Chief Executive Officer, Tribune Company
Eddy W. Hartenstein
- Group Publisher, New Mass Media
In June 2007, Dennis Paris was convicted in Federal Court of human trafficking and sex trafficking of a minor. Some of his many victims were 14 years old. Because of the extreme nature of his crimes, he was sentenced to 30 years in Federal Prison. You can read much more about his story and the suffering of his victims at VanityFair.com and in the book, The Berlin Turnpike.
During the Paris trial, the Tribune owned Hartford Advocate was mentioned over 60 times as the exclusive channel of advertising his victims. Each week, he would place ads in your newspaper's 'Escorts' section. From there, men would pay to have sex with the girls and young women he would force into prostitution.
Now, four years after the trial that proved your papers were running advertisements for human trafficking, you continue to receive payment for these human rights violations with every published listing.
Our message is simple. Stop running these advertisements in your Newspapers. Along with Craigslist, other publications have taken the right path and refused to take money for these ads - thereby ending their complicity in these crimes.
Honestly, at some point in the days to come public sentiment will turn against your company and these advertisements - as it did with Craigslist. Right now, you have an opportunity to lead the way, instead of bending to eventual public pressure and humiliation.
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