How to defend sex trafficking, according to Tony Ortega



Sometime ago NPR did a short story on Backpage and how they are defending “Online And Anonymous: New Challenges To Prosecuting Sex Trafficking”

McDougall, legal counsel for Backpage did most of the talking for the company. She said, “shutting down the adult classifieds on Backpage would do more harm than good because the content would simply move to less cooperative sites.

What kind of insane excuse was that? If we don’t help the pimps out, someone else will? Yea, that’s right, we’re making millions on the backs of destroyed lives, but hey, if we don’t do it someone else will.

What she’s also implied was that people at Backpage are good folk who SHOULD be the conduits for sex trafficking. Doing more harm than good by letting someone else take over the slack. Sounds like a classic moral cop out – if we don’t go fight this war, or take that person’s money, or some other moral compromise, someone else will. It’s a rudimentary rationalization typical of someone in McDougall’s line of work. Anyone making such statements should be embarrassed by it, but in her line of work, and Tony Ortega’s, rhetorical trash spun hard and fast transforms into candy flavored truth. Stay on message, hit your key points, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat.

Backpage dot com is known very well by law enforcement, top government officials, and the tens of thousands of victims as a perfect marketplace for pimps to peddle prostitution.

Tony Ortega reacted with a Village Voice article featuring scantily clad silhouetted images subtitled; CNN leads the media’s mass paranoia over a nonexistent epidemic. Ortega said those opposing Backpage are a small group of political activists who want to “put us out of business” Backpage has since continued pulling in millions on the backs of women suffering from unimaginable abuse.

Ortega said the statistics on child trafficking are “guesses by activist professors, junk science by nonprofit groups trying to extract money from Congress, and manipulation by religious groups hiding their real agendas about sex work” and “a flimsy study by a couple of activist professors.” Reeeally? Again, over 40 attorney generals, 21 senators, 600 religious leaders, 50+ NGOs, a petition with 230,000+ signatures and indictments.

Ortega called Lyon the “young CNN reporter Amber Lyon.” He said that Lyon has “set out to take down Village Voice Media,” that Lyon’s reporting is “manipulative,” and “less interested in learning how Backpage dot com actually operates than she is in making viewers squirm about sex” and that “Lynn declined a request for an interview about her involvement in a semireligious crusade.” Ortega said that Lyon “prepared a sensationalistic piece” and “she wanted us to appear responsible.”

Ortega concluded by saying that underage prostitution is “far from a widespread and rapidly growing problem and is instead a small problem”.

Question: Why hasn’t Ortega seen the inside of a court room?

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