New York Protest: at BACKPAGE.COM tomorrow 11/16

Join Us Tomorrow
November 16th, 2011
4:00 – 7: 00PM

To Protest Backpage.com’s Facilitation of Sex Trafficking
In Front of Its New York City Offices

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) in partnership with Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) will hold a protest in front of the Village Voice building at the offices of Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC, owner of Backpage.com. This protest, co-sponsored by 115 leading human rights organizations and prominent individuals, including Equality Now, Soroptimist International of the Americas, Apne Aap, Alicia Keys, Gloria Steinem, Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, Breaking Free, Ambassador Mark Lagon, Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, Temple Committee Against Human Trafficking, and A Call to Men, will bring attention to Backpage’s facilitation of and profiting from sex trafficking.

“Backpage is now the leading online facilitator of sex trafficking,” says Norma Ramos, Executive Director of CATW. Since August, 51 Attorneys General have called upon Backpage to cease its facilitation of sex trafficking. They have cited more than 50 cases across 22 U.S. states in the past three years that involve Backpage’s facilitation of sex trafficking.

Backpage generates an estimated $2 million per month largely by functioning as a virtual red light district for pimps/traffickers and johns in the U.S. and at least 10 other countries. Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC displays a reckless disregard for human rights and could instead act to create a sex trafficking free Internet by no longer hosting prostitution ads through Backpage.

Join us as we hold Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC accountable for its role in the rank exploitation of others. We call upon Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC to engage in corporate responsibility by ceasing to host ads that facilitate sex trafficking on Backpage.


When:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4:00 – 7: 00PM (rain or shine)

Where:
The Village Voice, 36 Cooper Square, Manhattan
Take N/R trains to 8th Street or 6 train to Astor Place.

Contact:
SAndar@catwinternational.org

For protest updates, follow @CATWIntl on Twitter and
Like” Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) on Facebook.

www.catwinternational.org

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