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CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

There's an old saying in journalism: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.

It's a facetious way of saying: Trust no one, verify everything.

Yet some of the biggest, most respected media outlets in the country failed to perform their due diligence when it came to the Schapiro study's ridiculous claims about a nationwide child trafficking epidemic.

In an era defined by fast-paced blogging and doing more with less, reporters have precious little time to document the information they're regurgitating. This leaves readers vulnerable to pseudoscience and quackery.

The following is an alphabetical list of news organizations that repeated the Schapiro study's erroneous claims:

  • CNN, Online sex ads complicate crackdowns on teen trafficking, September 14, 2010
  • Dallas Morning News, Sex trafficking of young girls could soar, January 20, 2011
  • Detroit Free Press, Sex sites on the web exploit nearly 160 Michigan girls monthly, experts say, January 26, 2011
  • Detroit Free Press, Advocates work for tougher laws, November 7, 2010
  • Fort Worth Examiner, Sex trafficking, Texas children bought and sold online, January 25, 2011
  • Grand Rapids Press, Human trafficking, exploitation on the rise in Michigan, September 6, 2010
  • Houston Chronicle, Faith groups tackle sex trade surrounding super bowl, February 2, 2011
  • Miami Herald, Girls trapped in modern-day slave trade, January 30, 2011
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, Teen prostitutes get new status, February 26, 2011; Sexually exploited kids are victims, March 6, 2011
  • Minnesota Public Radio, Sex trafficking on the rise in Minnesota, March 8, 2011
  • MsMagazine.com, Jailing girls for men's crimes, December 8, 2010
  • Pegasus News, Dallas is hotspot for exploitation of adolescent girls, January 28, 2011
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota's child sex profile rising, September 8, 2010
  • USA Today, New efforts target child sex trafficking; more groups and activists band together, September 30, 2010
  • WFAA, Study counts sexually exploited girls in Texas, January 19, 2011
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I do not like the idea of people getting the wrong information and believing lies, no matter what the topic is. The Sex trafficking, slavery issue is one of the biggest lies being told today. It is amazing to me how people will believe such lies so easily. The media is to blame for this. I wonder why they feel such a need to report wrong stats, numbers and information about this topic without doing proper research.

The media will say that millions of people are sex slaves without doing any real research on the topic. Only taking the word of special interest anti-prostitution groups which need to generate money in the form of huge government grants from taxpayers, and charities. These "non profit" group's employees make huge salaries, therefore they need to lobby the government, and inflate and invent victims in order to get more money into their organizations. If you look into how many real kidnapped forced against their will sex slaves there are, and not just take the anti-prostitution groups word for it. You will be very surprised. Where are all the forced sex slaves? I would like to meet the millions of sex slaves and see for myself if they were in fact kidnapped, and forced against their will.

These anti-prostitution groups lobby the government in a big way, getting Politicians to truly believe their lies.

This is an attempt to over inflate an issue in order to get more government money to these organizations. As a tax payer, voter, and resident I don’t want the government to mislead me.

I would like to see a news organization do a full report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

Nick Davies - About Truth in the Media:


Below are the few brave souls that told the truth in the media:

Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth:


Washington post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Guardian newspaper:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...