New pressure mounts on City Pages to stop adult ads

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 5:57 PM

Capitalizing on the controversy over, a New York activist is trying to pressure the alt weekly's advertisers.

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gjacobSep. 6, 12 2:27 PM

Before Backpage, the problem was Craigslist (remember The Craigslist Killer?), and long before that it was Jack the Ripper. No matter what they shut down the reality is that there is already 100's of these things in existance which will take it's place. You can't plug a hole on a sponge and expect water to quit rushing out of it. As long as there are guys who value sex more than money, there will be a market for these services. As long as there is a market, there will be women offering the service. Same as it's been for 1000's of years.

spunk2Sep. 6, 12 2:36 PM

Sounds like another conservative agenda item----limit the freedom of the press. Set up stings using "code" and only those interested in underage prostitution will be affected. Good - get rid of 'em. However, leave the ads of those legal aged alone.

stinkerfumeSep. 6, 12 2:52 PM

How about we legalize prositution, tax it, regulate it and hang anyone that abuses the hookers? No guts for that?

luxaeternaSep. 6, 12 2:55 PM

Resources should be put in to protecting vulnerable children, but it's not possible to control "morality" on the internet.

djstrykerSep. 6, 12 2:58 PM

How about instead of limiting ads, we just make kidnapping a minor and forcing them to be sold off through mediums like this a capital offense? Or at least hold advertisers accountible for the content of the ads. There'd be legitimate checks in place if you had to pay a 100,000k fine every time your advertisments were linked to sex trafficing.

stinkerfumeSep. 6, 12 3:22 PM

Child prostitution in the most profitable form of human smuggling on the black market. The US Federal government has done a horrible job of limiting human trafficking into this country over the past 30-years and is too pathetic to go after the every-day-run-of-the-mill border smugglers let alone the highly sophisticated, big buck making end of the crime proprietors.

stinkerfumeSep. 6, 12 3:23 PM

How about capital punishment for abusive pimps rather than letting them go?

ezekial39Sep. 6, 12 3:27 PM

This is silly. If two consenting adults want to "hookup", leave them be. If it involves a minor, then throw the book at the offender. Why the constant need to stifle one sector of the population (some people seek sexual services, that can't are won't be provided by their spouse), while at the same time our society is pushing same sex marriage. This makes no sense.

jpcooperSep. 6, 12 3:46 PM

Isnt this what Kerry Gauthier used to meet 17 year old boys for legal sex?

rvd420Sep. 6, 12 5:20 PM

re: jpcooper If you have been paying attention to the Gauthier story you would know he met the individual that he had a legal (but morally reprehensible) tryst on Craigslist, not backpage. Nice try attempting to politicize a matter that politics should not play a part in.


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