We don’t know if the trafficking charges against Somad are true, but if they are, then the safeguards we had established were not good enough. Because it is most certainly our place, and our duty, to refuse to be a party to what is altogether different from erotica or even consensual sex work. The Village Voice‘s editorial staff will take every step we can to ensure that no one uses our pages to profit from the physical or economic coercion, sexual or otherwise, of any human being. Similarly, and at no small cost to the bottom line of our young enterprise, our publishers are implementing stricter standards across the entire Voice Media Group chain, to make sure that our advertising is as ethical as possible.
Specifically, in our “adult” ad pages:
All direct advertisers must provide a government-issued ID proving that they are over the age of 18.
All agency advertisers must contract that every client in their ads is over the age of 18 and that all photos are of actual clients.
All advertisers must submit to us that they do not conduct illegal activity.
Any customer known to operate or engage in illegal activities will be blacklisted for life from doing business with us.
Headshots only in the adult ads
No suggestive language in the adult ads
Source: Village Voice