On Tuesday, the federal government charged 13 men, nine of whom live in Queens, with crimes related to running an international sex trafficking ring from the rural enclave of Tenancingo, Mexico to New York. Homeland Security Investigations issued search warrants for four brothels in Yonkers, Poughke ... More >>
Over 100 advocates, including public health groups, LGBTQ organizations, civil and human rights nonprofits, and former sex workers, headed to Albany yesterday to encourage lawmakers to call on the New York State Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would stop the confiscation and use of cond ... More >>
Pimpin', as you know, ain't easy -- and according to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, spotting a hooker is no walk in the park, either.On his weekly radio show this morning, Bloomberg voiced his concerns regarding a bill passed by the City Council that would create stiffer penalties for cab drivers who contrib ... More >>
Six people have been indicted in connection with the rape, kidnapping, and torture of a 15-year-old girl who was snatched off a Brooklyn street corner last month.The story, as told by Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, is pretty horrific -- the girl was drugged, gang raped, and pimped ... More >>
Robert SietsemaA group protesting against what they call the " Backpage.com's Facilitation of Sex Trafficking" has gathered in numbers of about 50 outside our office. The group is made of a handful of organizations including The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Prostitution Research an ... More >>
Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times.
The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.
Neither government officials nor God' ... More >>
In February 2011, CNN's Amber Lyon aired a special on sex trafficking, "Selling the Girl Next Door" that attacked Village Voice Media-owned company, Backpage.com. At the end of the broadcast, Lyon's sources are singled out for "special thanks." We recently found out that Lyon is even closer to these ... More >>
A map showing the actual arrest numbers. Click here to enlarge.Ashton Kutcher is throwing a bit of a Twitter fit.
The cause? This week's Village Voice cover story, which takes a hard look at the That 70's Show star's campaign against child trafficking.
Kutcher might be hurt that the article ... More >>
In numerous tweets blasting Village Voice Media, Ashton Kutcher never once mentioned shelter and counseling for underage prostitutes.
Our cover story this week on human trafficking exposed the scare statistics that Kutcher and wife, Demi Moore, flog to hype their pitch. Their numbers are bo ... More >>
via Fox NewsIn Glenn Beck's universe, Planned Parenthood is not just an organization that provides reproductive health care and education to those in need of it. Planned Parenthood, as he "revealed" during his program yesterday, is a nefarious ring of criminals involved in child sex trafficking. ... More >>
Veniamin GonikmanVeniamin Gonikman, sought by U.S. immigration officials for trafficking in Eastern European girls and making them work in U.S. strip joints, was finally busted yesterday by ICE. Not that ICE really did anything but arrest him when he got off a plane at JFK that everyone knew he w ... More >>
Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of the Demi and Ashton Foundation, which works to stamp out child sex slavery? Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is from Iowa? Both facts become glaringly obvious in the popular Twitter user and occasional actor's op-ed today in the Des Moines ... More >>
Hookers: Saved on the Strip is the new Investigation Discovery series (starting December 8) about Annie Lobert, "who sold her body in Sin City for over a decade" but now helps similar women get on their knees for Christ.
Lobert started Hookers for Jesus and was behind the formation of Destin ... More >>