Inside Opinion

What's on the minds of Tacoma News Tribune editorial writers

NOTICE: Inside Opinion has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Inside Opinion.
Visit the new section.

Tag: village voice media

July
31st

Law shouldn’t protect those who profit from teen sex slaves

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Lawyers for Backpage.com seem confident that the latest lawsuit against the website – which is known for its sex-sale ads – won’t get very far.

Maybe. But there’s something to be said for making a business that profits from human trafficking defend itself in court. Backpage.com – which is owned by Village Voice Media – makes about $2 million every month on online sex-sale ads, but every time it is forced to hire lawyers, its dirty business becomes a little more public and a little less profitable.

The latest lawsuit against Backpage.com was filed Friday in Pierce County Superior Court by three girls. Two of the runaways were 13 years old and the third was 15 when they were trafficked on the website, complete with revealing photos. The youngest was advertised as an $80 “special.” Subsequently, they were forced to have sex with scores of men, but the only ones to make any money on the transactions were their pimp and Backpage.com.
Read more »

Feb.
13th

For sale: Girls and women, on backpage.com

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

If this were a better world, backpage.com and other websites that abet child prostitution would shrivel up and blow off into cyberspace.

But we’re stuck with the world we’ve got, so it’s going to take serious action to persuade Village Voice Media – which owns backpage.com – to get out of the pimping business.

The Legislature is moving to create a new felony, “advertising commercial sexual abuse of a minor.” Classified ad companies would be required to verify the age of any females whose services they help sell; evidence of a serious, good-faith attempt would protect them legally.
Read more »