Call to end Internet ads linked to prostitution
Sites linked to human trafficking
- Duration 5:54
- Date Apr 22, 2012
Sites linked to human trafficking
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Sex trafficking is a huge problem in this country an estimated 300000.
Children are trafficked each year.
Much of that business is done online.
Through ads placed by parents on web sites like back page dot com.
These web sites are making millions of dollars take a look at how they do.
-- only takes a few clicks and I can be done by anyone including someone who's interested in trafficking of women.
Here's how it goes you go to the web site back page dot com you click on the adult section.
Escorts in particular.
Then after that you just had hosted -- And then -- they have posting rules it says you're not supposed to post anything that exploits a minor that you agree.
But nothing your posting constitutes human trafficking and they say any posting that exploits of minor.
Or trafficking will be subject to criminal prosecution and reported to the -- tip hotline.
And then you create the end.
The cost of an -- is fifteen dollars but you can upgrade and pay more money for multiple days pay more money for a more prominent position.
All of which means they can make even more money off of this operation.
McDougal is General Counsel for village voice media which wants back page dot com.
And actor and playwright John buffalo -- -- some of Norman Mailer who founded the village voice thank you both for being with us this evening.
Now -- I'm gonna start with you.
48 attorneys general have asked you to take down your adult services ads saying that they facilitate.
The sex trafficking of young children.
Why haven't you.
We agree human trafficking in the sexual exploitation of children in any person is a social atrocity that -- to be addressed.
But to fight human trafficking online you have to be on line.
And as an online service provider where one of the most effective tools that law enforcement has to fight these heinous crimes.
Because a -- there are digital footprints that criminals use and leave whenever they used the Internet.
-- -- it that that's half fact that this is that and broad scale problem was recognized by your guests congressman.
Blackburn earlier and we fully agree that the industry has to take the lead in fighting this problem and that's what we're doing John do you buy that.
No I don't what you're doing is not enough and the problem is.
You -- to have your -- and needed to.
And you can't sit here and tell me that you're trying to -- horrific crimes against children when you're lining their pockets with money from the times that are selling.
But let's remember -- it.
When you we don't want to make a single profit from exploiting anybody man woman report child.
Let's remember the attorneys general -- Craig's list to impose a -- after they had.
Allowed these ads for free because of the financial trail is one of the most valuable and reliable trails -- law enforcement to find the perpetrators.
The -- the money that comes in from adult services it was what we used to fund the moderation that we're doing.
And we're doing more than anybody else in the industry currently both with technology in and you -- going.
Let me say we can and we will do more well that's wonderful except you're making millions of dollars every year and it SI understand it it felt like what you're saying yes.
That you or the -- one of the most effective tools.
But what you've got to explain the mini is how you're being the middleman between a -- and the sale of a child.
Biting child sex trafficking.
Are you get -- you liking the policy year.
The put the point is that the Internet exists and regrettably child sexual exploitation exist if we could if we silver bullet to eradicate child sexual exploitation we would do it in a heartbeat following an exit I don't believe -- -- -- as well let me let me in the media is getting we will give me your dancing.
Here's the question I'm not dancing -- -- this tape down and he adds that we're not going to be able to find these guys let me ask you how many people have you actually reported to law enforcement.
To this cyber tip hotline how many -- -- reported that.
-- -- wanna spend prosecuted.
-- give me and -- numbers.
Well if you would win eventually and members they give you more for why isn't it great we let you may we -- a court.
If I think -- we report over 400.
Tips to -- make the national center for missing and exploited children.
Per month using a standard of 21 well over the age of majority so that we can be sure we're not missing any.
I'm doing is abnormal and -- prosecuted.
We recorded dozens that have not been up costing you three million we've got single reporting we options we have rescued over two dozen children because of reports we believe rescued over two dozen just yeah you got up and agency a few bucks job let me ask you question not -- innovative.
-- I don't think I that this.
Excuse me when you drive -- -- have a dear oh boy you're now wouldn't keep colonial.
But yet -- -- down.
Your father founded the village voice how would he feel about the fact that back page dot com.
Is literally the facilitator between.
The ads for trafficking of children and connecting the two of them.
My father would be appalled appalled at what's going wrong with this and the fact is when -- sort of this Paper it was -- to be the people's Paper.
There was a Paper that was supposed to protect those.
Who are abused and who.
Can I now have a voice to hold people accountable.
You're abusing their power and for the village voice to be rationalized this profit and then making ridiculous and toughness every single month they're not doing.
All right well then now I -- thank you both for being with us this evening and that's it for us tonight --