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Superbowl Sex Slaves * Open Thread

This is a special edition of our nightly open thread, courtesy of the hard-working Amy Siskind, founder and leader of The New Agenda. In our post Monday, “The New Agenda’s Powerful Visualization of Sexism,” you saw the shocking, compelling video that Amy and her team created. Today, The New Agenda issued this action alert:

Need a Teenage Sex Slave for the Super Bowl?

Imagine a 14 year-old girl forced to have sex for money. Couldn’t happen here, right? Think again! Sex trafficking of our girls – kidnapped, runaways – is a growing epidemic.

Where do perps find their prey? For many, online. One of the largest online enablers: Village Voice Media.

Now we need your help!

A crisis is just around the corner: Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 — prime time for selling sex with underage girls! In the week ahead of the Super Bowl, thousands of innocent girls will be forcibly taken to Dallas, Texas to be sold for sex.

That’s why The New Agenda Foundation is partnering with The Rebecca Project for Human Rights, the organization which successfully got Craigslist to drop its “erotic services” section, for an important call to action!

The new hub for selling girls into forced sex : Village Voice Media’s Backpage.com.

There’s no time to waste! Demand that Backpage.com discontinue their sex ads! Making profit on the sexual exploitation of girls is not good business!

Contact Voice Media Group, owner of Village Voice Media and ask them:
Do you have a daughter? Do you know anyone who has a daughter? Is knowingly trafficking in teenage girls good business?

Carl Ferrer
Head of Back Page
602-271-0040
carl.ferrer@backpage.com

Joe Larkin
Senior VP of Sales Operations
602-229-8452 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              
602-229-8452 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
joe.larkin@voicemediagroup.com

Susan Belair
Senior VP of Sales
212-475-2529
sue.belair@voicemediagroup.com

Jim Larkin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
888-278-9866
jim.larkin@voicemediagroup.com

Scott Tobias
President and Chief Operating Officer
scott.tobias@voicemediagroup.com

READ more at The Daily Beast.
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From The Daily Beast article, “Village Voice Media: Sex Slave Outrage,”:

A startling new ad campaign aims to humiliate websites that quietly allow pimps to sell young girls for sex online. Michelle Goldberg on the backlash against Village Voice Media.

In September, when Craigslist dropped its “erotic services” section, Backpage.com, the classified advertising network owned by Village Voice Media, became the nation’s premier online sexual marketplace—and the most mainstream venue for the buying and selling of underage girls. Now The Rebecca Project for Human Rights, the group that got Craigslist to drop its sex ads, is trying to convince Backpage to do the same, and to do it before February, when activists expect a spike in sex trafficking around the Super Bowl.

Article – Goldberg Sex Trafficking Last month, The Rebecca Project ran startling ads in a number of Village Voice Media-owned papers, featuring a man in a mugshot holding a placard saying, “I paid for sex with a 14-year-old child I found on Backpage.” Next to it was a message to Village Voice Media: “Each year, 100,000 children are sold for sex in America—many through your website, Backpage.com. Do you really want to provide a platform for predators who pay for sex with girls?”

The ad was referring to a real girl, a 14-year-old from Missouri known by the initials M.A. She’s suing Village Voice Media for aiding and abetting her pimp, Latasha Jewell McFarland, who has been sentenced to five years in prison. McFarland posted nude photos of the teenage runaway on Backpage and used it to arrange encounters with clients in highway motels.

M.A. isn’t alone: In just the last few months, there have been several other stories involving Backpage and the trafficking of underage girls. In November, a South Dakota couple pleaded guilty to pimping girls through the site. A Texas couple was arrested for prostituting a high-school girl through Backpage in October. And that same month, a sting operation in Kansas netted two men who were trying to buy sex with a 14-year-old girl. “Ads soliciting sex, including prostitution and including likely human-trafficking cases involving children, appear to be rampant on Backpage.com,” Kansas’s attorney general told reporters. “I was shocked at the ease which our agents were able to apprehend the suspects in each of these cases. If agents from the attorney general’s office are solicited this quickly, imagine how easy it is for pimps and traffickers to solicit sex.”

  • Tell-the-Truth

    Sex Trafficking in Sports Events:Super Bowl 2011: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, Future Not A Past, Polaris Project, Salvation Army, Women’s Funding Network, 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/sports/super-bowl/local/20110302-top-fbi-agent-in-dallas-praises-super-bowl-security-effort-sees-no-evidence-of-expected-spike-in-child-sex-trafficking.ece
    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.Here are some links about this:http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/
    http://bebopper76.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/sex-trafficking-lies-myths/http://the-myth-of-sex-trafficking.weebly.com/

  • Football fan

    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???????????? 

    It was all a big lie told by various anti-prostitution groups, Traffick911 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. As proved in the link 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’sDallas 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/sports/super-bowl/local/20110302-top-fbi-agent-in-dallas-praises-super-bowl-security-effort-sees-no-evidence-of-expected-spike-in-child-sex-trafficking.ece
    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.
    http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

  • Onofre’s arm

    Bronwyn, if you have any integrity at all, you’ll change the title of this article since you offer ZERO actual evidence that there’s a significant link between the Super Bowl and sex slaves. The title is outrageously defamatory. It has the same tawdry tenor of an old National Inquirer headline, it wreaks of petty sensationalism, and it makes you sound like an irrational loony.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Bronwyn, if you have any integrity at all, you’ll change the title of this article since you offer ZERO actual evidence that there’s a significant link between the Super Bowl and sex slaves. The title is outrageously defamatory. 

  • JB in VA

    Judicial idiocy, criminal tone-deafness and PC run amok combine to create one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard of. Yodelling sounds NOTHING like the call to prayer. Since when could ANY Austrian (I’m assuming the judge was Austrian) be so unmusical? Is “The Sound of Music” a complete myth? 

    Honestly, this ridiculous bowing and scraping before insanely thin-skinned Islamists has got to stop.

  • getfitnow

    I say, shut ‘er down!.

  • getfitnow

    Btw, why did this process start in the Senate? I thought the House is in charge of initiating spending bills.

  • getfitnow

    I really hope the GOP takes to the floor and reads every last word of this boondoggle.

  • getfitnow

    This is unbelievable.

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Iran, Venezuela Promise “New World Order”  

    The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship on Wednesday, saying they are united in efforts to establish a “new world order” that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.  
     
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visiting Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, watched as officials from both countries signed 11 agreements promoting cooperation in areas including oil, natural gas, textiles, trade and public housing.  
     
    “Iran and Venezuela are united to establish a new world order based on humanity and justice,” Ahmadinejad said??????  
     
    Hmmmmmm…… Wonder, how do women fit in here?

  • Nocturnal Warrior

    The logic here is a bit of a jump.  I have worked 14 Super Bowl weeks in Super Bowl cities (not going to be able to do it this year).  And yes, Super Bowl week is a an orgy of corporate excess.  And yes,  entertainers  (prostitutes, escorts, strippers etc.) are brought in from all over the country to keep up with the demand.

    However,  I find it unlikely  that there will be a spike in underage girls being brought in to the mix.  This is behavior that those who partake in it want to keep hidden from everyone and even those corporate arrangers trying to keep clients happy shy away from such practices.  There are certain things law enforcement turns a bline eye to and others they don’t and big money corps won’t mess with that.

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Iran, Venezuela Promise “New World Order”

    (AP)  <!– longtext start–>The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship on Wednesday, saying they are united in efforts to establish a “new world order” that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visiting Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, watched as officials from both countries signed 11 agreements promoting cooperation in areas including oil, natural gas, textiles, trade and public housing.

    “Iran and Venezuela are united to establish a new world order based on humanity and justice,” Ahmadinejad said??????

    Hmmmmmm…… Wonder how do women fit in here?

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Scarborough Says ‘Judge Not’ . . . Then Calls Kyl And DeMint ‘Un-Christlike’Call it an episode of Short Self-Attention Span Theater . . .  
     
    Mere moments after citing Matthew 7′s instruction to “judge not, that ye be not judged,” Joe Scarborough judged Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint to be “un-Christlike.”  
    Scarborough’s strange self-contradiction came in the course of his diatribe against the two Republican senators for having criticized Harry Reid for threatening to keep the Senate in session through Christmas.  
    Read more plus video!  

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Scarborough Says ‘Judge Not’ . . . Then Calls Kyl And DeMint ‘Un-Christlike’Call it an episode of Short Self-Attention Span Theater . . .

    Mere moments after citing Matthew 7′s instruction to “judge not, that ye be not judged,” Joe Scarborough judged Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint to be “un-Christlike.”
    Scarborough’s strange self-contradiction came in the course of his diatribe against the two Republican senators for having criticized Harry Reid for threatening to keep the Senate in session through Christmas.
    Read more plus video!

  • Breeze

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    FROM HILLBUZZ:

    balthazar9 Says:
    And look who Cleaver wants to be in charge of this $48-billion dollar reparations bundle…

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2010/12/breaking-rep-emanuel-cleaver-earmarks-48-billion-to-pal-who-runs-shady-child-day-center-from-his-home-with-his-wife/

    Cleaver, if you recall, was the chief accuser of the Tea Party. He falsely claimed that they had called him “n!gger” and spat on him when Pelosi led her jubulant fellow congress-people through the Tea Party demonstration after the passage of obamacare. When, after careful study of the video evidence, it was proven that he was no where near where he had said he was, and that it couldn’t have possibly happened, he backed down…of course, no apology was issued.

  • AbigailAdams

    OA:  Great response!  This story’s line of reasoning reminds me of an earlier claim that people who listen to Rush Limbaugh are more likely to be racist.  That premise almost went unchallenged as well — and in some circles it was lauded.

    The stats on human trafficking of all kinds, including the international and U.S. sex trade are staggering.  Hillary Clinton may be credited for making more people aware of it but she is by no means the only person doing so.  Last year my teenager did a PSA for a pay-it-forward project on this subject.  Additionally, she interviewed several organizations, including the local police, in order to determine which org was doing the most direct work in disrupting human traffickers and giving aid to their victims.  Next, she created a flyer which outlined the disturbing facts about this issue and went door to door with them and solicited donations for this org, after which she presented a check for $1,328. to them.  They, in turn, presented her PSA at their next annual fund-raising dinner.  I was very proud of my kid’s direct action in combating human trafficking.  As her mom, I will take a bow in my effort to engender a bias to action instead of whiny hand wringing in her.  I’ll bet there are a few parents and grandparents here who could afford to spend a couple weeks in this kind of project with their kids.  You learn a lot of useful information and your kids/grandkids will learn how to keep themselves and their friends safe from situations that could potentially put them in a trafficker’s path as well as develop the ability to recognize suspicious-looking activities in their own neighborhoods that may help police combat the problem.

    And the more we can do on our own rather than wait for the government to do something, the better.  

  • tango

    Well don’t tell Aaron Sorkin. He’ll call them all killers. Next time Aaron gets on his high horse that Sarah Palin killing a free range caribou out in the wild was evil and cruel, someone ought to encourage him to watch this video showing the practices of the commerically raised livestock that he so much more prefers to eat (at long as he doesn’t actually have to think about it) :

    http://hamptonroads.com/2010/12/humane-society-claims-abuse-smithfield-foods-farm?cid=mr

  • tango

    I know. I do think that childhood obesity is a problem. And yes, kids do grow up fat with medical problems.  But for a platform for the First Lady when there’s issues such as child abuse, human trafficing, forcing people in sexual slavery and so on makes fat kids the easy platform. I would think in regards to true physical and mental harm, being sold into sexual slavery as a young person or kidnapped when you cross the Mexican border by some coyote and then pimped out is much more damaging.  With the goodwill most nations feel for her, she could’ve really brought attention to these issues and maybe it would help in some way. 

  • Breeze

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    Ohio deer hunters donate
    more venison for hungry

     
    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    12/16/2010

    COLUMBUS, Ohio- The state says Ohio deer hunters are giving more venison to food banks, helping hungry families hit by joblessness.The Ohio Division of Wildlife says hunters have donated more than 104,000 pounds of meat so far this deer season, up from 95,500 pounds by this time last year.

    The division encourages venison donations through a partnership with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

  • Breeze

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    Changes on Hill bode
    ill for trial lawyers

     
    Washington Times,
    by Joseph Weber   

    Original Article

    12/16/2010

    The nation’s trial lawyer bar, one corner of corporate America firmly in the Democratic Party base, will soon be addressing a far less sympathetic jury on Capitol Hill. Republicans poised to take control of the U.S. House and state governments across the country next month are sending clear messages that an overhaul of the nation’s tort and liability laws is a top priority, forcing trial lawyers to find ways to preserve a legal system that has allowed lucrative liability and class-action lawsuits to flourish. The American Association for Justice (AAJ), the powerful lobby….

  • Breeze

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    Sixth Circuit Rules that Emails
    Protected from Warrantless Searches

     
    Wall Street Journal,
    by Nathan Koppel   

    Original Article

    12/16/2010

    To what extent can the police secretly root through email? It’s a core question about the limits of police surveillance that the Sixth Circuit yesterday tackled in this lengthy opinion. In short, privacy advocates are pleased as punch with the opinion, which holds that the government must obtain a search warrant based on probable cause before it can search emails stored by Internet Service Providers. The case involved the fraud prosecution of Steven Warshak, an Ohio executive, whose company sold an herbal supplement….