Goldman Sachs owns 16% of Village Voice Media.
Village Voice Media owns Backpage.com.
Backpage is the leader in ad space for prostitution.
(It replaced former lead, Craigslist)
Not only until it was uncovered, 2 years prior to March 30, 2012
did Goldman Sachs report:
“it had just signed an agreement to sell its stake to management.”
Interesting that GS was exposed in 2010
the same year that Goldman managing director, Scott L. Lebovitz (who sat on the Village Voice Media board for many years) stepped down.
Online websites that advertise escort services and their publication counterparts
are making hundreds of millions of dollars a year advertising illegal services.
These services make it easier for pimps and traffickers to promote their “products.”
If they ARE to profit as the ‘middlemen” they should be taxed upon to help fund services
in which to fight/protect victims of sexual slavery/trafficking.
However, it’s also evident that Backpage plays a major role in the sex trafficking of minors. Kristof cited “a recent case in New York City where prosecutors claimed that a 15-year-old girl was drugged, tied up, raped and sold to johns through Backpage and other sites.”
I know it’s entertaining seeing the pics in the back, or advertisements online.
Or even collecting “playing card” like advertisements for escorts in Vegas.
But, if you knew the damaged lives each of these advertisements bring…
maybe you’ll start taking it more seriously.
Whoever wants to sell their body, go right ahead.
But there are countless others who are forced into it.
We should not allow/support something where the few are free
and the majority are suffering/enslaved.
Kick ’em in their “Goldman Sachs”
not suck ’em.
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