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Sex ads on VVM’s Backpage.com take another hit

Thursday, May 24, 2012

More unpleasant news for Village Voice Media, whose properties include SF Weekly, over its lucrative sex ad subsidiary, Backpage.com. A newly unsealed federal indictment in Iowa alleges a nationwide sex trafficking ring solicited customers on Backpage for prostitutes as young as 17. AP says a Village Voice spokeswoman didn’t immediately comment on the indictment.

Add: Ever since Craigslist cleaned up the most blatant of its sex ads, Backpage and Village Voice have been under increased pressure to do the same, even as the alt weekly chain claims it’s being unfairly vilified. Among Backpage’s more high-profile critics: the New York Times’ Nicholas D. Kristof, as in this March 31 column.
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