Friday, May 11, 2012
Meng supporter says sex ads are 1st Amendment right
Excerpt from Nadler/Maloney press release:
U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold L. Nadler (D-NY) today sent a letter to Village Voice Media, LLC expressing concerns about the frequency with which that company's Backpage.com website is used to advertise minors and trafficked persons and urging it to shut down its notorious "adult services" section.
In a statement accompanying the release of the joint letter, whose full text is included below, Congresswoman Maloney said: "Law enforcement authorities and anti-trafficking advocates agree that the adult services section of Village Voice's Backpage.com is the single busiest online marketplace for the sexual trafficking of minors and trafficking victims anywhere in the United States. It is high time the Voice lived up to its reputation as a beacon of progressivism, and shut down this cesspool." Rep. Maloney serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, which works to educate people about the reality of the trade in human lives and toward its eradication.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “The Village Voice must ensure that it is not in any way assisting in the horrific business of sex trafficking. Clearly Backpage.com has not done enough to prevent human trafficking on its site. They should shut down their adult services page immediately, before it is used by criminals to further promote human trafficking.”
Excerpt Bob Turner press release:
Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) introduced House Resolution 646 putting pressure on Backpage.com, which is owned by Village Voice Media, to eliminate the adult entertainment section of their classified ad website. Many cases have been reported of the site being used for the sex trafficking of young boys and girls as well as adult prostitution.
“The adult section of Backpage.com has been shown to be a hub for the despicable act of human trafficking. We cannot allow the site to continue to serve as a means of advertisement for criminals and sexual predators. The executives at Village Voice Media cannot continue making a profit off of this illegal activity. This section of Backpage.com should be taken down immediately.”
What about the Trib?
Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
Your article “Meng knew firm’s ties to adult ads” (May 3, multiple editions) about the Queens Tribune newspaper printing ads promoting “Adult services” while having a consulting and printing firm, Multi-Media, had important information missing. The information that was missing was that Congressman Gary Ackerman is a part-owner of the Tribune.
There is certainly something wrong with this picture. While Meng and others were testifying in front of Congress to pass a bill that would end the exploitation of non speaking women, trafficking, and prostitution, the congressman’s newspaper “featured 37 ads promoting adult services, including 23 promoting the use of Asian women.”
The congressman started the Tribune in the 1970s and continues to have a stake in it.
Would publishing those ads be called procuring?
Here is just another example of a congressperson putting monies before morals and the protection of women.
Joyce Shepard, CSW
Does he still own a stake in it? Not sure. Let's see what Schenkler has to say...
From the Queens Tribune:
Although I don’t speak for the Assemblywoman, I believe we agree on certain basic issues.
1) We both respect and advocate for the rights of women.
2) We both will take whatever steps that are within our power to end sex trafficking here and/or abroad.
3) We both recognize that “freedom of speech” is a cherished constitutional right that must not be trampled.
4) That “commercial speech” is speech and as such, should be respected, protected and not trampled.
5) The responsibility of righting societal wrongs rests with the legislature – in New York State, the State Legislature.
Therefore, Assemblywoman Meng and I agreed to cooperatively develop a legislative solution to address the concerns that some women’s groups have about newspaper advertising and sex trafficking.
Last time I checked, the Queens Tribune was a privately owned newspaper and therefore could print or censor whatever it chose to. In other words, no one is forcing them to print whore ads for money. I doubt that Schenk would print an ad that said, "Hitman for hire" or "Heroin for sale."
And if the whore ads are "protected speech," then how would Meng be able to legislate against them? His entire editorial makes no sense whatsoever and was a laughable attempt to try to downplay the fact that Meng hired someone to run her campaign that makes money off the exploitation of women - most notably, Asian women.
Photo from the Queens Tribune