The Village Voice vs. Ashton Kutcher: The Debate Over Child Trafficking Statistics In America.

The Village Voice vs. Ashton Kutcher

The Village Voice vs. Ashton Kutcher

backpage escort adsThere has been considerable bickering back and forth between several high profile reporters and members of several anti-trafficking groups about the actual # of US kids trapped in sexual exploitation here in the States. One of the main skeptics being from the Village Voice, who questions the veracity of the statistic that there are between 100 and 300 thousand kids forced into illegal prostitution and pornography every year in the US. The same Village Voice who owns (and profits greatly from) Backpage.com, which has a prolific adult services section that has been well documented to facilitate prostitution and has also been used as a escort adsvehicle for the exploitation of minors. (After Craigslist shut down their Adult services section in the US Backpage’s revenues jumped 15% the next month, online prostitution ads in 23 U.S. cities increased to $1,671,685 for the month of September.)

 

real men don't buy girlsWhat’s worse is the Voice singled out Ashton Kutcher, and then proceeded to berate him for what they perceived as poor movie choices, poor acting, and poor anti-trafficking activism, degrading Ads run by Kutcher’s anti-trafficking non-profit as “frat boy humor”. Below, one of the Ads from the Demi and Ashton Foundation that Kutcher founded with movie star wife Demi Moore. The ads are built around the slogan “real men don’t buy girls”.

The Voice argues the 2001 University of Pennsylvania study that Kutcher and others quote estimated only the number of children who are “at risk” of commercial

Real Men Get Their Facts Straight

The Village Voice article, smugly entitled, "Real Men Get Their Facts Straight". Like countless abolitionists and government officials, Kutcher has used a range of 100,000 to 300,000 when estimating how many kids are involved in domestic trafficking

sexual exploitation, not the actual number currently trafficked. And it castigates Kutcher for not clarifying. Kutcher responded with a series of Tweets (he has 7 million followers) attacking Village Voice Media for the adult classifieds in its alternative weekly and on its website BackPage.com.

“It is true that Village Voice Media has a stake in this discussion,” responded Voice editors, “But the facts speak for themselves.” This seems a somewhat peculiar if not open confession of the causal link between the trafficking of children and the adult services section of the Voice’s publications.

 

Dear Village Voice, does it really matter if there are one to three thousand or a hundred times that many kids trapped in prostitution in the US?? I mean if it were your daughter, one child would be enough. What do you have the problem with? Does irresponsible reporting somehow offend your sense of impeccable journalistic standards? What about irresponsible business practices? Does it endanger children if the statistics are skewed in the wrong directions, inflated by the passions and good intentions of the tireless abolitionists on the front-line of the anti-sex trade fight? Or does the real danger come when those with money on the line pollute the discussion by disingenuous, half-hearted arguments with suspect motives. What are you doing to stop child trafficking? Why not follow Craigslist’s example and shut down your Backpage adult services section. If anything, the statistics in question will go down. What do you have to lose- besides a little face, and oh yeah, a lot of cash. Real papers don’t sell girls.

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This article was written by MARK LANGHAM, activist, owner and writer for Conspiracy of Hope, an organization whose sole purpose is to stop the sexual exploitation of children.  Visit http://www.conspiracyofhope.org.


 

 

 

 

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22 Responses to The Village Voice vs. Ashton Kutcher: The Debate Over Child Trafficking Statistics In America.

  1. scr_north on July 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’m a little torn on this in that the eradication of child prostitution is a worthy cause and yet I’m also pleased to see that celebs (or politicos or groups) are finally being challenged on some of the phoney numbers they throw around. Your point that it doens’t matter whether it’s ten, one hundred or one thousand is well taken.

    • Shannon Ivey on July 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Are you really “torn on this in that the eradication of child prostitution is a worthy cause?” It is one of the most heinous of all crimes and is ever-growing. Children are being sold into the hands of perverts at 5 years old. This should be a priority that towers above all the rest. It is a most worthy cause indeed.

      • muhammedx on July 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

        so we can sexualize in movies, little girls, sexualize music in videos to little girls, the entire genre of mass marketing is sexual for the most part and no one see the hypocrisy of Hollywood nit-wits selling crack in one hand and railing against drugs in the other. Like JOhnny Depp quipped some years back he would raise his kids in France not in the US because of the violence and drugs and such, then proceeds to star in movies that are chock full of drugs, guns and violence. Not good for his kids, but the hell with the rest of our kids. Like Ashton Kutcher, dull twit. Sure the cause is worthy, but at what cost? On one hand the Hollywood-liberal-anything-goes crowd decry the stuffiness of Christian troglodytes when they try and stop prostitution, or strip clubs (that are the breeding grounds for child exploitation) then when a cause is needed they attack the very industry that wouldn’t be around if not for their standing against everyone who tried to eradicate that tripe from the mainstream. The same people who have promoted the debasing of the culture (and by default the debasing of young girls) try and latch on to that same debasement to further their look-at-me pjilanthropy. Kutcher could have easily went aroiund the block from his mansion and found 50 strip clubs or pimps or brothels and put a spotlight on their depravity but that wouldn’t have gotten him press, and might have gotten his a@@ whipped. Instead he takes on a well known publication that sells adult ads, which liberals have fought tooth and nail for the right to do so, and he gets press, al lot of press,and PR., and girls are still sexualized, and sold every day by Abercrombie and Fitch. Again the cause is worthy, but even though that is true, when the same charlatans who sold the idea that depravity was ok, now try and pick and choose depravity to rail against, I am less than suspect. I just give it a pffft. and think if these liberal trolls hadn’t fought every neighborhood and concerned citizen that tried to stop this crap decades ago, maybe Ashton would actually attack something that would result in an actual child being saved, than some maybe, possible saving of this or that statistical child. And if someone looked at my young daughter the wrong way, they would fear for their life. The backpage ads are wrong, but they were wrong way back when and people like Ashston (meaning big liberals) told me I was a stuffy christian hypocrite and to stay out of their adult business. Reap what you sow. Some of us won’t leave it to The Village Voice or Ashton Kutcher to save our kids, we will do it ourselves.

      • janey on January 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        Nobody is buying a 5 year old off of backpage.com. Nice straw man there, Ms Ivey.

        And really, there have been a mere handful of people arrested for pimping on the website. The girls were teenagers as well. Still crappy to happen, yes, but shutting down parts of the website are not going to solve the problem at all. It will simply move the problem elsewhere… like to a website in another country, well outside the grasp of American laws.

  2. LauraB on July 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Actually, yes, the truth matters. People are constantly being bombarded with numbers that are then used to get people to give money, to support legislation, to vote for candidates, to get government grants. Many of these numbers are thinly sourced if not actually fraudulent.

    If 1 in 100,000 children are at risk because of a certain behavior, that may call for a certain response. If 1 in 100 is at risk, that would seem to call for a much larger response. The more people affected by a situation, the more likely society is to approve expensive and coercive solutions.

    Pumping inflated numbers not only costs money, threatens individuals’ freedom, but contributes to a corrosive cynicism that will ultimately hurt people in genuine need of help.

    • Shannon Ivey on July 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      The truth does matter, which is why the Village Voice should lose every single subscriber and reader they have until they do the right thing and banish the sites that are contributing to the sexual exploitation of children.

  3. Jingo on July 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    But of course,
    If anyone is going to get antsy about child sex trafficking, it’s going to be those who indulge in it the most, That’d be the beasties over in greenwich village…

  4. Alex on July 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Stuff among media-types isn’t about doing the right thing. It’s about how glorious and righteous they act or how better they act than the rest of us. The hell with them, that’s not what doing the right thing is about.

    • Shannon Ivey on July 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      If removing itself from a revenue source that is widely known to promote child prostitution isn’t doing the right thing – I’m not sure what is. . .

      • janey on January 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        It’s not “widely known to promote child prostitution.” Now you’re just wandering off in to la la land here.. just saying. You’re pulling the same overblown “statistics” that the New York Attorney General has been using when he tries to have websites he doesn’t like shut down.

        Censorship much? Oh, wait. It’s ok if it’s “for the children.” *sigh*

  5. Bronco46 on July 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Interesting that the Village Voice spend as much time or more on attacking Kucher’s career as coming up with solid arguments against his position. The Village Voice has never questioned any of the outlandish statistics put out by left leaning sources. And Kutcher’s stats while they might be wrong do seem that far fetched. 0.3% to 1% seems like it could be in the ballpark. We know this is going on, why are we arguing about the numbers. It’s good to see someone in hollywood worried about people in this country. A lot of them seem to spend a lot of time and other people’s money on an avoidable disease in Africa. Why don’t they put that money they come up with toward healthcare for needy American’s? Let some of the African nations do more about buying and providing drugs for African’s. Bono loves to tell us how cheap the pills are; let the African’s do at least some basic things for themselves.

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  14. Allison on March 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Todd Palin (Yes, THAT PALIN) has been outed as a pimp by one of his former prostitutes. Shailey Tripp includes emails, names names, and gives physical details about Sarah Palin’s husband that only his wife should know in her new book “Boys Will Be Boys: Media, Morality and the Cover-up of the Todd Palin Shailey Tripp Sex Scandal.” It is a fascinating expose of a well-known man with power using it to exploit women.

    Ms. Tripp (yes, that’s the same name Bristol gave Todd and Sarah’s grandson) also has a blog. Yesterday she posted information about one of Todd Palin’s business partners – a Greg West from Alabama. This is an interstate sex trafficking operation. She has email from this person, too, which expose the offers of up to $30K in bonuses for women who help private companies secure government contracts with the military. According to the former prostitute, Mr. West bragged that he and Palin could get up to $200,000 in pay off for securing a juicy government contract by satisfying sexual proclivities.

    Will the New York Times run this story if the evidence holds up? The book is on Amazon, it came out this month. Any search engine will take you to Shailey Tripp’s blog.

    • Jane on August 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Does this Greg West work for Dtech Systems in Huntsville, Al?

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