Village Voice Founder’s Son Joins Campaign To Stop Child Sex Trafficking On Backpage.com

John Mailer, the son of Village Voice co-founder Norman Mailer, has joined a campaign on Change.org calling on Village Voice Media to shut down the adult section of Backpage.com, where child sex trafficking “is becoming a disturbing trend.” Mailer said that “the fact of the matter is that Village Voice is making money from selling advertisements that others have used to buy and sell minors for sex.” In an August 2010 prostitution sting following a suspicious Backpage.com ad, police arrested a Georgia man for trafficking two 17-year-old girls. Before that arrest, police charged four people in Denver for forcing a teen girl into prostitution. So far, more than 80,000 people have joined the Change.org petition demanding that Village Voice Media remove Backpage.com’s adult section.