Village Voice Media has had people attacking them left and right lately because they profit greatly from all the ads that people have put for prostitution on their site. One of those change.org type organizations has been blasting them, so now it appears they're trying to save face by denying this issue really exists.
In the Bay Area, in Oakland, California, there are THREE officers--not three platoons of officers, not three SWAT teams of officers, but three *officers*--who work on this issue. This is in one of the bigger cities in an area with a population of over 7 million. How many arrests do you think three officers could make in a year, in a city of 400,000, and in a large metropolitan area? Many other cities around here have no one even working on this issue at all.
So, yes, it's rather difficult to get data from police officers who do not exist.
Also, many argue (correctly) that these children are victims, not criminals, and thus should not be arrested. As this article did point out, there's nowhere to put them once they're arrested--so I would imagine that many of them go free due to that fact alone--not allowing them to be added to the "numbers arrested."
In the article, it's repeated many times that there are no accurate facts...and then the sidebar states that "the facts speak for themselves." This is nothing but VVM trying to save their own butts by mudslinging. Can we stick with facts--that there aren't really any?
And how about irrelevant sidetracking: What's the reason they start talking about Canada? Are child prostitutes legal there? Of course not.
I find this a disgusting article by VVM that uses propaganda to distract our attention from themselves, and to undermine what is really going on: There is an undetermined number of children being sold into sexual slavery, and these are people who happen to be famous who are trying to stop it. The "issue" is CHILDREN.
Even one is too many.
I agree with Maggie Neilson: "And I don't frankly care if the number is 200,000, 500,000, or a million, or 100,000â€”it needs to be addressed. While I absolutely agree there's a need for better data, the people who want to spend all day bitching about the methodologies used I'm not very interested in."
Village Voice Media, STOP SELLING ADS FOR CHILD PROSTITUTES.