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July 12, 2011 - From Trevor Neilson Re PRESS Big Pimp'n at Village Voice Media

July 12, 2011 - From Trevor Neilson Re PRESS Big Pimp'n at Village Voice Media

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Raup, Ethan
From: Sent: To: Subject: Trevor Neilson [trevor@globalphilanthropy.com] Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:53 PM Raup, Ethan RE: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media

The mayor is doing the right thing—and being rewarded for it From: Raup, Ethan (mailto:Ethan.Raup@seattle.gov] Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:49 PM To: Trevor Neilson Subject: Re: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media

No kidding.... On Jul 12, 2011, at 4:44 PM, "Trevor Neilson" wrote:
Amazi
Raup, Ethan
From: Sent: To: Subject: Trevor Neilson [trevor@globalphilanthropy.com] Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:53 PM Raup, Ethan RE: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media

The mayor is doing the right thing—and being rewarded for it From: Raup, Ethan (mailto:Ethan.Raup@seattle.gov] Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:49 PM To: Trevor Neilson Subject: Re: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media

No kidding.... On Jul 12, 2011, at 4:44 PM, "Trevor Neilson" wrote:
Amazi

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Raup, Ethan
From:
revor Neilson [trevor@globalphilanthropy.com
]
Sent:
uesday, July 12, 2011 4:53 PMTo:
aup, Ethan
Subject:
E: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media
The mayor is doing the right thing—and being rewarded for it
From:
Raup, Ethan (mailto:Ethan.Raup@seattle.gov]
Sent:
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:49 PM
To:
Trevor Neilson
Subject:
Re: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media
No kidding....On Jul 12, 2011, at 4:44 PM, "Trevor Neilson" <trevor@globalphilanthropy.com
> wrote:
Amazing!!!
From: Raup, Ethan <Ethan.Raup(aseattle.gov
>
To: Trevor Neilson
Sent: Tue Jul 12 18:39:32 2011
Subject: Fwd: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media
Begin forwarded message:From: "Pickus, Aaron" <Aaron.Pickus@seattle.gov
>
Date: July 12, 2011 4:38:08 PM PDT
To: MO_All_Staff <MO All Staff@seattle.gov>
Subject: PRESS Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media
Big pimpin' at Village Voice Media
Village Voice Media's focus on the accuracy of a study about the number of sex-trafficking victims is a distraction from the fact that the company's personal andescort-services ads have created a profit center built on prostitution and sexualexploitation.
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Seattle Times editorial columnist
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Village Voice Media's preoccupation of late with the precise number of victims ofsex trafficking has less to do with accuracy and more to do with trying to distanceitself from the seamy underworld of underage prostitution.Now that's a fool's errand.The media conglomerate makes plenty of dough in its adult section,backpage.com, selling escort services and personal ads. But let's get real. Men arenot flocking to the section to find escorts for dinner or the opera. They're lookingto pay for sex.Village Voice — which owns Seattle Weekly — has created a healthy profitcenter built on recession-proof markets: prostitution and sexual exploitation.Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn showed leadership by pulling the city's advertisingfrom Seattle Weekly. The mayor accused Village Voice of "playing games withthe numbers and underreporting" underaged prostitution and sex trafficking,trades plied through adult ads, on the Seattle Weekly site.Estimates of sex-trafficking victims comes from "The Commercial SexualExploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico" study released in 2001,which calculated the numbers of minors engaging in or at risk of prostitution atbetween 100,000 to 300,000. Village Voice executives scoff at the numbers,pointing out they include runaways, many of whom return home before they canbe forced into the sex trade.I disagree. The best thing the study's authors, two University of Pennsylvaniaprofessors, did was cast this problem in terms of those forced by pimps to selltheir bodies and those who without intervention are headed that way.This sudden fascination with quantitative methodology is too convenient.Someone wants to distract the public by counting victims, so no one notices themcounting the cash from exploitative ads. Reminds me of a Vegas card trick: Watchthis hand, not that hand.Estimates of sex-trafficking victims are not precise. They are hard to obtain in anarena where underage prostitutes are frequently transported across county andstate lines and typically are counted only when they appear in the court system.Too many go unnoticed because police are not arresting every underageprostitute. Nor should the problem be confined to minors forcibly taken into the
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industry. In addition to runaways lured into the trade, others are turned out by aparent or guardian with no problem selling their child for sex.The authority in estimates of underage prostitution lies in their ability to conveythe realness and the horror of this problem. Some idea of the scope helps guidecritical intervention.If Village Voice can't make people question whether there is a sex-traffickingproblem, its other plan appears to be a play for sympathy based on FirstAmendment protections: Come down hard on them about its ads and you'remeddling in its constitutional right to speech.That's laughable. The photos of women posing with their rear ends stuck in the airdon't appear to be speech but prostitution, which is illegal. The ads all but spell itout for you.States, including Washington, are doing more to battle sex trafficking, includingincreasing penalties for human trafficking. Massachusetts decided that thoseguilty of trafficking children will face life in prison. But one glance atbackpage.com, where the women and girls advertised have phone numbers fromaround the country, shows the trafficking trade is healthy.The power of celebrity is raising the level of attention as well. Actor AshtonKutcher enraged Village Voice when he asked whether companies that dobusiness with it know they are advertising on sites used as platforms for sextrafficking.Kutcher's question, sent out on his Twitter feed of more than 7 million followers,reverberated around the globe. Village Voice's response: "Real Men Get TheirFacts Straight," screamed their headline atop a story about the actor.How about this headline for the suits at Village Voice: "Real Men Don't HideBehind Numbers While Children Cry For Help." Stop dithering over numbers andstart protecting children from prostitution.
Lynne K Varner's column appears regularly on editorial pages of The Times. Heremail address is lvarner@seattletimes. corn
<iniage006.png> City of SeattleOffice of Mayor Mike McGinn
Aaron PickusAssistant Communications Director
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