Human Traffic Watch

City Pages Faces Boycott For Sex Trafficking Allegations

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on September 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

A national movement is calling for advertisers to boycott City Pages in response to adult classifieds.

The controversy is over the website Backpage.com, which, along with City Pages, is owned by Village Voice Media.

Some say the adult classifieds on the site promote sex trafficking and underage prostitution. But City Pages says it’s not the problem.

For 26 years, Adele’s Frozen Custard in Excelsior has been a community favorite. Recently, owner Jai Buikema advertised in City Pages to pull in some back to school business.

“It’s a community-based magazine that people pick up everywhere. And so I think we felt that it would reach out to most people,” Buikema said.

The advertisement did help, but after learning about the controversy over adult ads on City Pages sister website Backstage.com, managers say they might advertise somewhere else.

Source: CBS Minnesota 

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