Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

McCullough initially maintained that she stands by the Schapiro Group study, in part because she has been told that "it is the same scientific methodology that science has been using for a long time to measure endangered species."

But when pressed on whether she really believes that counting Internet photos is reliable, she grants the sex-work industry isn't exactly the gold standard of truth in advertising.

"That's absolutely correct," she says. "That's part of how that business operates: It's a bait-and-switch."

Steve Doig, the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University, says the Schapiro study is based on a logical fallacy.
Steve Doig, the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University, says the Schapiro study is based on a logical fallacy.
David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, says reporters need to resist the urge to cite bogus studies.
David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, says reporters need to resist the urge to cite bogus studies.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Village Voice Media, which owns this newspaper, owns the classified site Backpage.com. In addition to used cars, jobs, and couches, readers can also find adult ads on Backpage; for this reason, Women's Funding Network and their allies have often called attention to the site, sometimes going so far as to call for its closure.

Certainly we have a stake in this discussion. And we do not object to those who suggest an apparent conflict of interest. We sat quietly and did not respond as the WFN held symposiums across America—from Seattle to Miami—denouncing Backpage. Indeed, we were never asked for response.

But then we looked at the "science" and the media's willingness to regurgitate, without question, these incredible statistics. In the interest of a more informed discussion, we decided to write.

  • For background articles go to: www.villagevoice.com/sex-trafficking
  • Wall of Shame: CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled
  • Super Bowling for Dollars: The great American game is another chance to foist false research on a gullible media
  • And here is the Schapiro Group's Response: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/03/the_schapiro_gr.php
  • And given the tricky nature of the photographs, she admits that counting pictures isn't exactly a precise way to measure juvenile prostitutes.

    "I can't guarantee that any picture that four of those six people said looked young—that may not be the girl that you'd get if you called up," she concedes.

    Asked if she has any reason to believe that the six observers in the study have the identical 38 percent error rate as the 100 random citizens who were the initial test subjects, she allows that it might be worth revisiting that question.

    The basic truth is that the study exists in service of the advocacy, and if news outlets present the Schapiro Group's numbers as gospel, it certainly doesn't hurt the advocates' cause.

    Admitting that there isn't any authoritative scientific count of juvenile prostitution, as Finkelhor recommends, isn't an option in McCullough's book. She recalls an early presentation she made in Nebraska, when a politician gave her a piece of advice that stuck.

    "He said, 'If you all as a movement don't start having numbers, you are going to lose the money,'" McCullough recalls. "'How can you justify millions of dollars when there are only hundreds of victims that you're actually serving?'"

    EDITOR'S CONCLUSION: Last week, on March 16, the drumbeat continued in the U.S. Senate with a briefing on domestic minor sex trafficking that featured Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino and the startling statistic that 100,000 children are trafficked for sex annually in America.

    Trafficking, in labor and sex, became a defining issue in the administration of President George W. Bush. But as an investigation by the Washington Post in 2007 revealed, victims in the sex trade were difficult to come by.

    Today, advocates have shifted media attention to allegations of trafficking in children.

    But facts to suggest a plague of underage perversion simply do not exist despite claims to the contrary.

    In a deficit-obsessed Congress, there is a long line of those seeking tax dollars to raise awareness of trafficking: government agencies, nonprofits, religious groups, the well-intentioned, as well as abolitionists opposed to everything from pornography to adult services.

    It is no surprise that some seek to use children as a wedge.

    Responsible parties prosecute predators and rescue victims. Not everyone with a microphone is responsible.

    The challenge of keeping children out of the hands of exploiters is real but solutions are not clear in an atmosphere of hyped hysteria.

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    tyciol
    tyciol

    The Women's Funding Network should be boycotted for this. Who funds them? They need to be put out of business. Presenting lies to sway legislation is unforgivable. They can not be redeemed or saved. They must disband.

    Reb8910
    Reb8910

    I submitted a well thought out and concise comment in response to this article, however it was never posted. As an abolitionist and someone who is well read on the issues of sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation, I didn't agree with everything this article claimed, though I thought my assestment of it was very fair. I am not at all surprised that my comment was not posted, but it further proves the illegitamacy of this article; If an author is too scared to post well thoughout criticism of their work then they clearly have something to hideVillage Voice it is time to own up to what is happening right under your nose. You are allowing children to be beated, raped, tortured, and killed for your own personal benefit. You are as guilty as the traffickers themselves.

    Reb8910
    Reb8910

    Just because the study that this article cites is inaccurate does not mean that sex trafficking of minors is not alive and well on internet sites such as backpage.com. Within the last month 4 underage girls that were sold through backpage by pimps have been taken into custody in the small city that I live in. While the accusation made by this article that counting pictures of young looking girls is not science is accurate, I don't believe that most informed trafficking abolitionists would say that it is. The truth is that sex trafficking of minors has been researched by countless institutions and governmental agencies and the number of victims has been staggeringly high every time. However, this article is again accurate when it states that victims of such a crime are hard to come by; of course they are, their abuse is necessarily well hidden, if it wasn't the problem would be much easier to solve. To deny that sexual exploitation of children is a problem in our world and country at this late stage of the game is simply a way to avoid having to face the reality that it happens on the streets of our cities, on the sites we visit, to people we know, and that we are doing nothing to stop it.

    normajeana
    normajeana

    DavisMAurini- I don't suppose you recognized my sarcasm, did you? Of course I know it is almost entirely voluntary- I've been a sex worker rights activist for 30 years (and am a retired sex worker myself- google my name- Norma Jean Almodovar)- however, the alleged 'manhattan call girl' who responded to your message as well as her follow up message- is a woman who calls herself Stella Marr- was hardly anything of the sort. She is a shill for the prohibitionist/abolitionist lobby of which the majority hate men and hate that women have sex with men- while I am a sex worker rights activist who is happily married to my husband for 36 years (and am madly in love with him after all these years!!)I agree with you- women DO have the advantage in so many ways. Let's also agree that we would like to see an end to the laws which make criminals out of either the sex worker OR the non abusive, non violent client. Whenever anyone- spouse, lover, client, employer uses force, the threat of force, fraud or coercion- that's the time to punish people- not because they MIGHT. There are plenty of rapists out there who have yet to be apprehended, as well as a preponderance of intimate partner violence (women as well as me are perpetrators) which needs the attention of our criminal justice system long before we get to the clients of prostitutes. For women like Ms. Marr, absolutely anyone who gang raped, strangled or beat her and held her against her will ought to be punished. But to presume that all clients are like that is beyond moronic- it shows that she has been brainwashed by her mentors in the abolitionist movement.

    Norma Jean Almodovar
    Norma Jean Almodovar

    My comments were intended as satire... no one knows better than I do that sex work is primarily voluntary and that the bovine excrement that is peddled as fact is nothing more than political hyperbole. Of course, women have options to get out of abusive marriages. My point is that we do not attempt to prohibit marriage because of some unfortunate abuses. Including some unfortunate mail order brides.

    Yes, I am a retired sex worker and proud of it. Wrote about about my career move from LAPD traffic officer to high class call girl. I was NEVER a victim of trafficking, although I did suffer a great deal of PTSD from my 10 years on the LAPD watching the corruption go unchallenged. Be sure to visit one of our many websites at www.policeprostitutionandpolit... where you will find a number of statistics and government reports which expose the lies of these abolitionists.

    Norma Jean Almodovar
    Norma Jean Almodovar

    My comments were intended as satire... no one knows better than I do that sex work is primarily voluntary and that the bovine excrement that is peddled as fact is nothing more than political hyperbole. Of course, women have options to get out of abusive marriages. My point is that we do not attempt to prohibit marriage because of some unfortunate abuses. Including some unfortunate mail order brides.

    Yes, I am a retired sex worker and proud of it. Wrote about about my career move from LAPD traffic officer to high class call girl. I was NEVER a victim of trafficking, although I did suffer a great deal of PTSD from my 10 years on the LAPD watching the corruption go unchallenged. Be sure to visit one of our many websites at www.policeprostitutionandpolit... where you will find a number of statistics and government reports which expose the lies of these abolitionists.

    While women like Stella Marr may in fact have been victims, there are far more victims in so many other areas of human relationships, including the most recently disclosed Penn State Scandal and Jerry Sandusky. I have yet to hear from one of these people who supposedly care about the children that we ought to shut down all athletic programs nationwide to protect just one potential victim. Glad she escaped but wonder why she doesn't get it that the greater the law enforcement against CONSENTING adult commercial sexual activity, the greater the victimization of those who do not consent. Including victimization at the hands of law enforcement agents. Norma Jean Almodovar, sex worker rights activist

    Aurini
    Aurini

    @Normajeana (the reply button failed)

    I take issue with a couple of your points: how could any woman in the west be 'trapped' in a marriage to a man who is abusive? Countless dollars are available - housing, child support, counselling - for any woman who simply claims abuse. Furthermore, no-fault-divorce allows a woman to leave her man for any reason, and collect alimony (she could have been cheating on him; he still has to pay). Furthermore, a single restraining order (once again, issued without proof) kicks him out of the home, even if it's his name on the mortgage, and lets her keep the house.

    As for mail order brides - they voluntarily leave their country, and come here where they have all the same protections as a natively born woman. There's a greater problem of men being fleeced by scam artists, then foreign women being abused. In fact, the whole opposition to mail-order brides is by North American harridans, who don't want to compete with women who actually act womanly.

    And I take it from your post that you're involved in the sex trade - are you not, then, aware of the fact that it is almost entirely voluntary? Sure, we could have a debate about porn starlets having emotional problems, but that misses the point: I'd argue the same about any man subjecting himself to North American marriage laws. They're legal adults, making their own decisions, and neither of us have the right to take their decisions away from them "for their own good".

    Women have every advantage in this society; men have every obligation. The slavery of the wedding ring lies on the Y chromosome.

    Manhattan Call Girl
    Manhattan Call Girl

    I was sex trafficked via the Village Voice in the 80s and 90s. I was gang raped, nearly strangled numerous times, beaten and held against my will. I will never be the same. And I'm one of the lucky ones, because I escaped.

    Jeffssis
    Jeffssis

    Didn't some sports figure recently get in big trouble for lying to congress? What about these folks?

    Puss Buzz
    Puss Buzz

    All I know is pussbuzz.com is the real adult magazine with grown ass women who are "professionals".

    BoosLoog
    BoosLoog

    "Care" ---"Too young to be arrested". Who arrests rape vics? You are twisted.Setting up stings to arrest consenting men and woman has nothing to do with rape.YOU ARE THE RAPIST. You've raped countless prostitutes of emotional and financial well being with your task farces/forces.----All so that you can make money and satisfy yourself. Who's a predator? YOU ARE!!!

    YOU HATE WOMAN, but you especially hate poor woman. P.S. Amanda wants to know why you arrested her mom. ---Now Amanda's mom can't pay the bills, had to drop out of school. Amanda lives at Frank's house now. When mommy isnt around Frank likes to rape Amanda, just like "Care" raped her mommy.

    Jeff Lewis
    Jeff Lewis

    There needs to be a distinct separation of1. Child sex trafficking2. Adult consensualprostitution.3. Sex Slavery

    They are not the same. Adult Women are NOT children.Media coverage of trafficking and adult women's migration and sex work is confused and inaccurate. The media wrongly uses the terms 'sex work' and 'trafficking' and adult sex work and child sex trafficking synonymous, as if they were the same. perpetuating stereotypes and stigmatization, and contributing to the violation of women's right to free movement and livelihood options. They assume that if any woman moves from place to place for sex work that they are being trafficking. The media, politicians, aid groups, feminist, and religious organizations does not take into account that she may do this of her own free will. Too often women are treated like children. Prostitution is a business between adults and in our society adults are responsible for themselves. Sex slavery/trafficking on the other hand is non-consensual. To equate that the two are the same is to say grown adult women are not capable of being responsible or thinking for themselves.

    Adult women are not children.

    Most migrant women, including those in the sex industry, have made a clear decision, says a new study, to leave home and take their chances abroad. They are not "passive victims" in need of "saving" or sending back by western campaigners.

    Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims.

    This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims.

    They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult sex worker. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing.

    These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advantage of these "helpless foreign women wives".

    These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

    Non government Organizations (NGO's) are chiefly responsible for manufacturing “a growing problem” of trafficking in order to generate revenue for their Federally funded cottage industry. They also fabricated numbers by expanding the definition of trafficking to include practically anyone.

    For example various women's groups testified under oath at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (July 13, 2007) that US based matchmaking organizations were correlated to human trafficking ring.womenspolicy.org/thesource/art...

    This hysterical claim was an emotional ploy to get legislators to enact the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act. The truth reveals THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A US BASED MATCHMAKING AGENCY ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING. These NGO's spread their propaganda partnering with Lifetime television(Television for women) conducting a poll among viewers (mostly women) to asociate "mail order brides services" with trafficking of women to generate support for the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act. wqad.com/global/story.asp?s=39...

    This romance law requires American men submit criminal hard copy records to be reviewed before they can communicate with a foreign lady using a matchmaking organization.wqad.com/global/story.asp?s=39...

    Why should the US government dole out millions of dollars to NGO’s such as Polaris Project whose executives are paid handsome salaries when the money could be spent on REAL PROBLEMS?

    This is an example of feminists and other groups exploiting the suffering of a small minority of vulnerable and abused women in order to further their own collective interests. For example, getting money from the government and Charity into their organizations. Rather than wanting to find the truth.

    sextraffickingtruths.blogspot....

    Care
    Care

    Well Village Voice, why don't you run an article on all the groups calling you out for your Junk Science?

    You preyed on people who won't look things up and don't know what they are reading about and tried to push the notion that arrests of kids prostituted equals the number of kids prostituted. It's a sick and vicious exclusion of: every kid not arrested for prostitution and this includes a large amount of kids too far under age to be arrested. It also insinuates that kids should be arrested for prostitution not treated as victims. Sadly this has been the problem in the US but for every kid that has been treated as a victim (as they well should be) you have left them out. It's also completely absurd because it's like saying you could count the pot smokers in the US based on who goes to jail for pot use. Give us all a break. You are pedaling Junk Science yourself because you were sued by a teenager who was sold in your back pages ads. You've been caught with adults forced in to prostitution in your back pages ads. You don't age verify and you make a ton of cash off of the sale of human flesh. You have an agenda and hence you push your own junk science and you only get through to people who don't know trafficking victims and that's sadly a lot of people, too lazy to care.

    For those of us who have worked with victims, what you are doing is sickening. Heartless, callous, cruel.

    To deny every child too young to be arrested. Crap. Shame on you. Do you know what it's like to work with kids who are 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 who are sold for this?

    Do you know anything? If you knew anything about anything you'd never have based anything on arrests. It speaks to your total obliterated ignorance. Try doing some investigations with the people who have to treat the babies that are sold. Because yes, people buy and sell babies. You make fun of Kutcher and you have not a leg to stand on. Your junk science left them out. Because you turn a profit. This is all about your profits. You don't have the guts to admit it.

    No you don't or you would have had the pathetic sense to deny them in your estimation of victims.

    I honestly feel tragically sorry for the so called "journalists" who keep participating in the Village Voice's sad attempts to smear the anti-trafficking movement because you are funded by the sale of human beings. It's obvious and it's going to be a harsh wake up call when you all try to wash off of your soul that you sold out so many kids. .

    I feel sorry for you all. You've hurt victims immensely, and you'll have to live with yourselves. You all sold out and for what? Images of women's body parts in the back of your magazine selling themselves so you can get a paycheck?

    Is that really worth it?

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    Sean Moffett
    Sean Moffett

    Sgt. John Bandemer of the Saint Paul Police Department (VICE and Human Trafficking) is the immigration advocate's pimp. Attaching false labels of "human trafficking" or "abuse" on predatory Greencard seekers and illegal immigrants who engage in illegal activity (prostitution, identity theft, marriage fraud, etc.) allows immigration advocacy groups like the Civil Society to receive thousands in government funding ($798,879 in 2007) each year. The Saint Paul Police department received funding through their collaboration with immigration advocacy groups like the Civil Society.

    A "victim" label sometimes gives illegal immigrants immunity from prosecution and it's profitable for the Saint Paul Police department and immigration advocacy groups like the Civil Society to get involved in the immigrant's immigration process. Criminal charges are commonly not pursued against immigrants who engage in illegal activity as any conviction could result in a deportation order. People in the Saint Paul Police department like Sgt. Bandemer connects the immigrants with advocacy groups like the the Civil Society which helps expedite the manufactured "victim's" immigration process under false pretenses. The immigrant receives free legal services at the tax payer's expense.

    How ethical is it for the Saint Paul police department to work with immigration advocates who help aid and abet immigration fraud for financial gain? Is it fair to impede due process and equal protection for U.S. Citizens while helping illegal immigrants circumvent the U.S. immigration process under fraudulent pretenses? I have reason to believe Sgt. Bandemer made good on the threat he made against me for not removing this BLOG.

    The Saint Paul Police department acknowledged their relationship with the Civil Society and they also acknowledged that VICE and human trafficking received funding through collaboration with the Civil Society and similar groups. Recently, the Saint Paul Police department is backing away and said they do not have an ongoing relationship with the Civil Society. However, Sgt. Bandemer appeared at Hamline University just last month (April, 2009) with Linda Miller (Executive director of the Civil Society)... Obviously, the Saint Paul Police department is lying about their ongoing relationship with unethical immigration advocacy groups...

    In April 2008, Sgt. Bandemer was investigating me for "Criminal Defamation of Character" on the Civil Society's request... There is no defamation of character as the Civil Society does aid and abet immigration fraud... How ethical is it for Sgt. Bandemer to pursue a criminal investigation on the request of an individual from a private and unethical immigration advocacy group he worked with?

    starchild
    starchild

    Kudos to the Village Voice for exposing the lies of Beth Schapiro and Kaffie McCullough and their use of a scientifically unsound study to garner media publicity and trick Georgia legislators and others into giving them millions of dollars in funding!

    Alex
    Alex

    What is astounding to me is that the piece questions journalistic integrity and yet... did not identify the Village Voice as one of the media outlets who are under attack for supporting sex trafficking through classified advertisements.

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/20...

    This perspective should be shared in the article because the fact is that the Village Voice has an interest in debunking the allegations toward Craigslist.

    Also, just curious... what is the percentage of Editorials written by women at the Village Voice? What percentage of writers and editors and senior editors are women at the Village Voice? I think this is relevant to and I'd be very interested to know these statistics.

    Sergio
    Sergio

    It is sad with what is going on with this issue. Sex trafficking is real but to blame everything on Craig is just over the top. You cannot blame a website for this. The real issue here is keeping prostitution illegal. While I am not a fan or condoning paid sex, men no matter what will want this and so long as it is kept illegal there will be a black market. Legalize prostitution and the black market will cease.

    http://istoptraffic.com

    Brhati
    Brhati

    Not Suprised. Real Journalism is dead! Need more proof??? Just watch MSNBC and there spin on the Tea Party Rallies vs their portral of the Wisconsin Teachers Unions.

    I really enjoyed this article and wish more writers would steep up and practice good fundemental journalism ands stop pushing the mainstreams agenda. This Child prostitution scam seems very Similiar to Global warming and the Green movement garbage being sold to America as sound science. Please expose more of these frauds!! Readers are out here in cyberspace and we are hungry for the truth.

    J. Dickinson Goodman
    J. Dickinson Goodman

    Just FYI, but the "100,000 children are trafficked for sex annually in America" statistic, properly cited, would point not to "Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino" but to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an organization with a superb reputation. Here is the full explanation of that number: http://www.missingkids.com/mis...

    Funcuz
    Funcuz

    Advocacy groups have been doing this sort of thing for years . They've been so successful at it that most people nowadays believe a lot of things on what boils down to faith alone . Example :

    -Most people believe that men are the vast majority of abusers in cases of domestic violence . Nope . It's about even but if you want to quibble , women actually pick the fights more often .

    -Most people believe that there's a wage gap between men and women (as in they do the same work but somehow manage to get paid less on an individual basis) Nope . Apples and oranges . If you take six months off work , you don't get the promotion for at least six more months after your return as compared to your male coworker who started at the same time . And no , anecdotes don't count as evidence .

    -Most people believe that women in the U.S. get a raw deal compared to men . Nope . Not only are U.S. women the most privileged group of people in the world (especially the white ones) they're the most privileged group of people in world history . They live longer ,yet still get the vast majority of sex-specific research funding . If they have a child out of wedlock , the courts will make pretty much the first guy in her vicinity liable for child support payments whether he's the dad or not (never mind that there IS a dad walking around somewhere) If a woman commits the exact same crime as a man , she'll receive , on average , one third the sentence he'll get . If she has trouble at home , she has thousands of shelters to choose from . He has the street .

    -Most people believe that rape is a crime that isn't taken seriously by the police . Feminists have been insisting for years in fact that at least 1 in 4 women will be or have been sexually assaulted at some point during the course of their lives . For the first statement , well , one need only pick up a paper to see that it's a flat out lie . Duke comes to mind but for those not in the know , a woman needs only to pick up a phone and call the police to completely destroy virtually any man's life . The accusation is now considered proof in and of itself whereby the usual rule of innocent until proven guilty is reversed .To the second statement : It's just a complete fabrication cooked up in pretty much the same way as were the "statistics" presented in the article above . It comes from Mary Koss working for Ms. Magazine and was produced in the mid eighties . What basically happened was that since Koss couldn't get the "right" numbers , she took some liberties and decided to inflate them dramatically . Hell , the study only actually said one in eight , which was an inflation by a factor of ten itself . On top of that , most of the people Koss claimed had been raped didn't self-identify as such . Further , most of them were still with their "rapists" when somebody decided to check up on them later on . In other words , it's just plain old bunk .

    Know what all of these (and many , many more) beliefs and statistics came from ? Well , your local women's advocacy group of course (read : Feminist organization) Feminists figured out a couple decades ago that you don't want people to know the truth about anything they claim because , just as McCullough says above , then there's no money in it . They also realized that if they cried hard enough and brow beat people , they'd get their message out before anybody would summon up the nads to challenge them on it .

    Feminists are , without a doubt , precisely the last people on Earth that you could trust to furnish you with accurate numbers about anything . Feminist research is a contradiction in terms . I would go so far as to say that anything endorsed by a feminist is almost certainly bad for your health be it mental , emotional , or physical . Frankly , once a kid can count to ten he or she is ahead of feminists in mathematical comprehension .

    Theresa
    Theresa

    Why oh why should we ever be surprised? Feminists are by far the best of adroit liars. So we get rid of Catholic Ideology but replace it with one just as if not worse, and at the expense of taxpayer dollars. One would wonder what goodies we may find if we look further into the Vawa bill.

    Flang
    Flang

    Even NPR fell for this study, trumpeting it on a report of Craigslist without a single voice of rebuttal.

    Robert Shaftoe
    Robert Shaftoe

    I believe it's considered a Federal crime to lie to Congress.

    Football Fan and Tax Payer
    Football Fan and Tax Payer

    Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world and make all men sex offenders by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims.

    This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims.

    They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult sex worker. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing.

    These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advantage of these “helpless foreign women wives”.

    These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

    Here are some good links about this:

    http://sextraffickingtruths.bl...

    http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

    Merweb1
    Merweb1

    That study, as well as how the media is using it, is a good example of one of the things that has gone so wrong with journalism. Sloppy, lazy, agenda promoting work leads to fake and false numbers being distributed. Media wanting to point a problem and crusade against it take the information as if it is the gospel, not applying the basic tenent of journalism that all information, especially that which you agree, should be taken with a healthy amount of skepticism.

    But look at many media outlets and you can see advocacy trumping journalism. The numbers might sound official, but they are not. Anytime a reporter writes about a study, he or she should read that study and question the methodology.

    LanceSmith
    LanceSmith

    Wow...great article! I'm impressed that the VV actually published it....won't this anger your base?

    Football Fan and Tax Payer
    Football Fan and Tax Payer

    According to the media hype There was supposed to be hundreds of thousands of under age child sex slaves kidnapped and forced to have sex with super bowl fans. At the Dallas Super Bowl 2011.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM?????

    WHERE ARE THE THOUSANDS OF SUPER BOWL KIDNAPPED FORCED CHILD SEX SLAVES???????

    Politicians, women's groups, police and child advocates were predicting that up to 100,000 hookers would be shipped into Dallas for the Super Bowl.

    It was all a big lie told by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, government officials, and various anti-prostitution groups: Traffick911, Not for Sale, Change.org, Polaris Project, Salvation Army and the Dallas Women’s Foundation, which are anti-prostitution groups that tell lies in order to get grant money from the government and charities to pay their high salaries, and get huge amounts of money into their organizations. As proved in the links below:

    Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking:

    “Among those preparations was an initiative to prevent an expected rise in sex trafficking and child prostitution surrounding the Super Bowl. But Robert Casey Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office, said he saw no evidence that the increase would happen, nor that it did.“In my opinion, the Super Bowl does not create a spike in those crimes,” he said. “The discussion gets very vague and general. People mixed up child prostitution with the term human trafficking, which are different things, and then there is just plain old prostitution.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/spor...

    This myth of thousands or millions of underage sex slaves tries to make every sports fan a sex criminal. No matter what the sport is, or in what country it is in.

    Brian McCarthy isn't happy. He's a spokesman for the NFL. Every year he's forced to hear why his customers are adulterers and child molesters. Brian McCarthy says the sport/super bowl sex slave story is a urban legend, with no truth at all.

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

    Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links:

    Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth:

    http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo...

    http://sextraffickingtruths.bl...

    http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

    Michaelmoorefilms
    Michaelmoorefilms

    Would a brave Village Voice Media employee be willing to talk about a targeted campaign by their employer to post comments favorable towards this series of articles?

    Thanks,M. MooreDirector & ProducerDetroit, MI

    Jason
    Jason

    Not a surprising position from a rag that makes its money selling ads to the pimps of sex workers trapped in a world they can't leave in order to pay off the "price" of being in the U.S.

    Sure VV...there's no such thing as sex slavery.

    normajeana
    normajeana

    Sometimes the response thing doesn't work. I've posted pro sex worker comments and they don't always show up. That said, you really need to do some research of your own... the majority of people who advertise on their site are consenting and adult. The cops use the site to monitor for ads which offer young children... and the more the cops can monitor it, the better the chances for apprehending those who do offer underage persons. And besides, the US Government itself says that the majority of children who are sexually exploited are not 'sold' on the internet. In its report "Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics" it says that 90% of the predators are someone whom the child knows and trusts, like teachers, preachers, priests, coaches, boy scout leaders and law enforcement officers (go to policeprostitutionandpolitics.... and click the link : Pedophile and Child Porn Law Enforcement Agents 2010-2012 to see but a few of the cops who got caught diddling children). And 68% of the predators are family members. So before you spout off about things you do not know, you ought to do some research of your own. Don't accept the lies of the ideologically biased prohibitionists who want to abolish all prostitution whether or not adult and consenting.

    Reb8910
    Reb8910

    Here is my original post:Just because the study that this article cites is inaccurate does not mean that sex trafficking of minors is not alive and well on internet sites such as backpage.com. Within the last month 4 underage girls that were sold through backpage by pimps have been taken into custody in the small city that I live in. While the accusation made by this article that counting pictures of young looking girls is not science is accurate, I don't believe that most informed trafficking abolitionists would say that it is. The truth is that sex trafficking of minors has been researched by countless institutions and governmental agencies and the number of victims has been staggeringly high every time. However, this article is again accurate when it states that victims of such a crime are hard to come by; of course they are, their abuse is necessarily well hidden, if it wasn't the problem would be much easier to solve. To deny that sexual exploitation of children is a problem in our world and country at this late stage of the game is simply a way to avoid having to face the reality that it happens on the streets of our cities, on the sites we visit, to people we know, and that we are doing nothing to stop it.

    Aurini
    Aurini

    Good lord, what are you talking about woman? Does The Village Voice have a prostitution wing in their staffing department? Or do you mean to say that you used a personal ad on here, and met some low-life scumbags? If the latter, how can you blame the magazine? Should they be doing full background checks on everyone who posts here?

    If you're recounting an actual event, and not just trolling, then I feel for you. It sounds absolutely awful, what happened to you, and I'd gladly pull the trigger to exterminate the scum which did it to you (again, assuming that your account is accurate). But please, approach with some logic; if I go out to meet a girl I met online, and get attacked and mugged by a group of hoodlums, that is the fault of the HOODLUMS - not OKCupid, PoF, or wherever else I met them.

    Ironically, by censoring and blocking the legitimate websites and honest bawdy houses, you drive the whole thing underground, and make it more dangerous for the men and women involvved. Until you're able to argue rationally you should refrain from trying to have your opinion heard.

    Junk-u
    Junk-u

    Brhati; you are correct that real journalism is dead. just look at the mainstream media's coverage of Global warming. There is real science behind the link of current warming trends to human activity. Ask 1,000 climate scientists about it & 999 will respond that the main cause (but not the only) is burning fossil fuels. But the way main stream media reports it: they give equal time to between real scientists and politicians who doubt them. The same politicians who rake in massive donations from the fossil fuel barons. The same fossil fuel barons that hire other scientists (almost never climate scientists) for the explicit purpose of casting doubt on global warming, not engaging in rigorous scientific study. Real journalism should look at the real science (99.9%) and should stop giving a voice to those who masquerade as science for the purpose of profit at all our expense.

    Tricia
    Tricia

    And.... your information was garnered from WHICH studies? And how were those studies conducted, exactly?

    All I see is a long listing of personal gripes you want to portray in another light? For the record, I believe many of your assertions are correct - but if you're going to state such things in reference to an article that exposes studies as a sham, it would be a wise move to state your own sources.

    Disruptech
    Disruptech

    Good one, funcuz. Also, you got the bit right about domestic violence. A lot of MRAs say women do it more, and I've never considered that to be likely. But initiating more confrontations, no that cannot be denied.

    jayson
    jayson

    Thanks for the huge generalization of what feminists think. Also, as a feminist, I am glad VV posted this article because that research group = bunch of liars. Oh wait, I'm supposed to support their "study" according to your understanding of feminism. Um, no.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Michael Moore is a big fat faggot.

    Phoenix Woman
    Phoenix Woman

    You've got it backwards, Michael. This article is a brave one for VV to run, as alt-weeklies make a large chunk of change from adult-services ads. Craigslist was pulling away that revenue to such an extent that its forced closing of its adults section has literally been what saved the alt-weeklies from extinction: http://www.washingtoncitypaper...

    Nick Pinto is quite literally attacking the electrified coop that was installed to keep the Craigslist fox from stealing the geese that are laying the golden ad-revenue eggs. I'm amazed this piece was published at all. (Just wondering: since Pinto works for the CityPages arm of VV, are you still nursing a grudge with CityPages for this November 2000 story questioning just how much you really helped a group of Minneapolis hotel workers? http://www.citypages.com/2000-...

    Normajeana
    Normajeana

    Are you suggesting that favorable comments (such as mine) would have to be posted by Village Voice Media employees rather than actual current or former sex workers? Don't patronize us! You really know nothing about sex workers! Do a search- using the search engine of your choice- to find the multitude of sex worker organizations around the world. Go to Youtube and look for videos that we have posted. We put our faces (and in some cases, our real names) out there for the world to see. Attend our conferences and cultural events (film festivals, the traveling Sex Worker Art Shows, etc) and try to tell US that our reality is not relevant (our reality is that we are not all sex slaves under the control of some bad old pimp but rather that we 'employ' ourselves-for whatever reason- to provide adult companionship for money). If you do your research, you can find us. We don't hide.

    Maggie McNeill
    Maggie McNeill

    Please, don't be absurd. Take a look at Pete Kotz' original article in the Fort Worth Weekly (http://www.dallasobserver.com/... and tell me you see a pattern of favorable responses.

    If you really want to "investigate" something, Mr. (supposed) Moore, you ought to look into these spurious claims of a "sex trafficking epidemic" rather than spreading lies; I can point you toward quite a few stories from around the world which disprove the claims, not to mention real experts in sex work and migrant labor rather than marketing specialists.

    silkroadtoll
    silkroadtoll

    Cut the crap, Jason. You got caught with lying with your pants down. Now own up to it and admit it.

    Normajeana
    Normajeana

    I hate to disagree with you, Jason, but the majority of sex workers are not 'trapped' in the world you envision. On the other hand, there are numerous women who marry men and then find they are trapped in an abusive marriage they cannot afford to leave- I guess that's the price they pay for being wives in the U.S. That would be American women as well as mail order brides from other countries. Of course there is such a thing as sex slavery... and sweatshops... and trafficked persons in ALL areas of labor (except perhaps show business and politics)... but rather than lump all of us sex workers as victims, understand that we are individuals and those who want to forget that we are cause us the most harm.

    sjml
    sjml

    Mr. Aurini - to be sex trafficked means someone took your picture without your permission and against your will and then sold you - LIKE A SLAVE. Come on - do you really want to be THAT guy?...the one who tells a victim that she doesn't know what rape really looks like and it was all her fault. Quite frankly, because victims don't tell their stories, what is happening today is already underground. And for the record - 85%-95% of sex workers have experienced some type of sexual abuse in their lifetime (usually as children first - the bootcamp of prostitution as one DCI agent put it). As much as those who buy and sell sex would like you and others to believe no one is getting hurt in this industry, it's a lie. We know, because when women (and men) leave this "profession" and tell the truth - it's never a happy story. You are kidding yourself if you think this business is about capitalism and those involved are free to make a choice...It's about abuse and slavery. If you are are a consumer you are part of those who are perpetrating sexual abuse, an even sadder THAT guy.

    Fidel
    Fidel

    Jayson :-

    Generalization about feminists : Yes, it is.The thing is, that the generalization of feminists being a bunch of liars is absolutely true.I know of nothing that they have not lied about.

    Gogonostop
    Gogonostop

    "Thanks for the huge generalization of what feminists think."

    Just because you "aren't that kind of Feminist" doesn't mean those leading Feminism are not. I'd call myself an equalist, a liberal humanist, etc, but not a Feminist. Feminism is synonymous with female privilege and anti-male prejudice. And it's not a "huge" generalization to say so.

    Funcuz
    Funcuz

    My understanding of feminist scholarship is that it's an oxymoron . Feminists have consistently lied or misrepresented every "statistic" they've ever produced . Bar none .So here's a pop quiz : Find the feminist statistic that ISN'T at odds with the majority findings .

    And another thing : Yeah , I AM making generalizations about feminists because they LOVE to make generalizations about everybody else . Oh sure , you say "Well , I'M not like that !" but you are . You participate by doing nothing to stop it . Men in the West have a hell of a lot more to complain about than women do but I'll bet that you've sneered at men demanding their rights be respected . Probably called them misogynists , said they were afraid of women , couldn't get laid , etc. , etc. , ... That's groupthink for you and guess what El Brainwashio ... you're part of the herd . You won't say anything when you're the target because you actually believe that , as a male , you're supposed to just put up with it and support the people doing it to you . That's called false chivalry and it's probably what you were raised on if you're between 25 and 40 .

    You're a feminist of course so you tell me : What do you believe about the inherent nature of men ? I know what you'll say but you've been brow-beaten for so long into believing all the feminist nonsense about the "obvious" superiority of females that you're unaware of just how little critical thought you put into it . That's the thing about brainwashing though : It precludes the possibility that you're aware of it . If you actually decided to research the claims that feminists have made , you'd try your damnedest to have people forget you ever called yourself a feminist . There's a reason so many people are not only rejecting feminism but making a loud statement when doing so .

    Phoenix Woman
    Phoenix Woman

    Normajeana: I think there are possibly two (2) factors at work here --

    1) Michael Moore may still be miffed at CityPages (which is where Nick Pinto works -- it's owned by VV) over this November 2000 article questioning just how much his "Awful Truth" TV show actually helped the Minneapolis hotel workers: http://www.citypages.com/2000-...

    2) Michael Moore may be trying to woo back the feminists he lost over his using the term "hooey" to describe the rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: http://jezebel.com/#!5713755/m... (Note: I myself actually suspect the charges are in fact politically motivated, since I doubt Assange will ever stand trial on them but be shipped off to the US as soon as Sweden, which has a long history of working with the CIA on things like torture flights to Mubarak's Egypt, gets their mitts on him: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashe...

    Either of those makes more sense as a motivation for Michael Moore than the alleged use of VV employees to go sockpuppeting to promote a piece that attacks the very thing that kept VV Media alive would make sense for VVMedia.

    normajeana
    normajeana

    Where do you get your statistics, Stella? From Melissa Farley? That's like getting statistics on homosexuality and abortion from George Rekers and the Family Research Council. Not credible at all. It is you and your cronies who are lying- by conflating sex slavery with sex work. You say you were a sex slave- I believe you. However I don't believe you when you say you were a 'call girl' because you don't have enough class and no one would have paid a dime for you. I say I was NOT a sex slave, it was NOT rape, I was NOT a victim, but your cronies can't accept that most of us are not like you. I was also not a pimp and you don't get to rewrite the laws of California to suit your mental illness, AND you don't get to revise my history. I am sorry you are a damaged human being, but I would imagine you were damaged long before you were forced into walking the streets. Sorry dear. Get yourself into treatment immediately. Your PTSD is out of control.

    dlm1
    dlm1

    The Women's Funding Network are not traditional equality seeking Feminists. They are power seeking Post-Feminists, they turn to ad hominem attacks and fabrications in a cult like fashion. They are 'emotional intelligent', rather than actually competent, to them a manipulative lie is perfectly justifiable if it suits their whims. That's why they freely admit their research is a fabrication - they don't see anything wrong with telling lies.

    Laughing
    Laughing

    Thanks. You just proved his point.

    wavydavy
    wavydavy

    Well, I do have to agree that you are loud. Other than that, I would say you are full of it and overcompensating for your shortcomings.

    Just to start, a pop quiz for you: define "feminist statistic", as opposed to any other type of statistic. In my world, statistics are numbers that are either true or false.

    And if you really, truly believe that "[m]en in the West have a hell of a lot more to complain about than women do", you are obviously either (a) trying merely to aggravate people or (b) seriously delusional, in the actual clinical sense of that word. (I guess you could be both.)

     
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