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Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action 40.1 (March 2012) -- Global: Call to end facilitation of sex trafficking by Village Voice Media -- calling on the owner of Backpage.com, Village Voice Media, to stop facilitating and profiting from sex trafficking by shutting down its “adult” advertisement section. Just last month, a 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and sold to multiple men who raped and sodomized her via nude “adult” ads placed in Backpage by her traffickers. Equality Now is deeply concerned that these “adult” ads continue to result in the rape of women and girls despite ineffective attempts by Village Voice to screen them out. Please call on Village Voice Media to institute a zero tolerance approach to the human rights violation of sex trafficking and take down its “adult” advertisement sections worldwide immediately.
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