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Is it okay to run a business that facilitates sex slavery?

That's the question our columnist asks in examining Village Voice Media's Backpage.com, where women and girls are sold for sex. "The answer seems obvious," she writes, "yet Village Voice Media–the newspaper chain that also runs Backpage.com–apparently believes otherwise. Despite mountains of evidence that the company has helped facilitate American sex slavery–including that of children–VVM has carried on with its sleazy and inhumane business here, as well as in many other nations." Should they give up its adult ads? Or is it a free speech issue as the company claims?
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why don't you focus on the sex slavery part and the reasons there are responders? if you take out of sight the ads, you think it is going to stop?
 
I am a father of two daughters -- ages 12 and 8. This makes me wanna go ballistic on whoever runs the VVM. Unbelievable. I most definitely am dead set against this facilitating of American sex slavery -- especially with children involved!!!
 
Actually we shouldn't judge sex, because after all, sex helps us born; and in another side, there're must have demands so that kind of bussiness can appear freely like that, right? But to get childrens involved is a different kind of thing, they are too young to experience such filthy desires. If the government don't comment on this, we need to to something practical I think...
 
I am sure many, many people view pictures of a young lady called Ann Angel; (Ann Angel.com) both men and women from all over the globe. I believe she is a victim of this so-called sex slavery. From my most recent conversations with her, she says she is in Ghana, West Africa being forced to cover her acts with scamming unsuspecting victims. She wants to dis-associate herself from these scammers but her captures will not allow her. She has said a lot of things that make me think she is under duress. She needs help to get away from her captures.
 
Re: on going national debate on women's rights - should we treat prostitution as a women's right or crime? Seriously.
 
yo creo que ser prostituta es una elección que la mujer hace por que le gusta el dinero y si a ella le gusta sobrevivir así, para mi está todo bien no me molesta, es su decisión.
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Not a free speech issue. This is a matter of being them being an actual accomplice in a crime. They profit from it and everything.
 
Subramanian, well more accurately if you look at it from the perspective that legal licenced prostitution has rarely been linked to the slave trade in any modern country, but illegal prostitution regularly is. This makes the morality on the issue becomes far more grey than the black and white area of prostitution is bad so we should make it illegal.

However, the site in question is participating in illegal prostitution, which is often linked to the illegal slave trade. Unless they feel like background checking every single advertiser to make sure they aren't using women forced into prostitution, they can't go claim innocence, since the government is clearly not doing this, because prostitution is illegal either way.
 
It is happening in U.S., country that defends human rights worldwide.!! / Esta sucediendo en US, pais que defiende los derechos humanos a nivel mundial.!!
 
boooo human trafficking...... i ran a 5k for the prevention of it
 
Thank you Robert. I understand and you are quite right. My question was not related to whether prostitution should be made legal or not. It is basic. In the light of present day discussions on women's right I was curious to know if women would think that prostitution is one of their rights or should it be banned in toto. I wanted to see how many leaders of women's right will claim this right also and with what justification.
 
+Subramanian Venkatraman, exactly this is the general issue with the term "Sex Slavery."

Some people want to apply it to all prostitution, however there is a drastic difference between a prostitute that chooses to be one and can turn down any client that does not treat her the way she wishes, and one forced into it against her will by someone who basically kidnapped her.

If the majority realized that outlawing prostitution makes it impossible to prosecute these two things differently, I doubt the majority would favor outlawing it.

Unfortunately anti-prostitution laws make no distinction here. Furthermore some even let those behind the prostitution off the hook and only charge the prostitutes and those who solicit them. Many such laws go so far as to give far higher sentences for prostitution than for soliciting prostitution.

Furthermore our justice system currently focuses on punishment rather than rehabilitation. This is also a major issue.

It is an example of the grave injustice of our current legal system that focuses on punishment rather than rehabilitation.

The whole problem at hand is that a lot of Americans have a strange thought that legalizing something is equivilant to condoning it. It doesn't even equate to not condemning it. Much of the Democrat party has been very harsh on Tobbaco; yet very few of them have called for an outright ban on tobacco products.
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