Tony Ortega’s Spurious Logic

The more one examines Tony Ortega’s involvement as Editor-in-Chief of his former rag, the Village Voice, and how he defended their attempts to make money off of sex trafficking the sicker one gets.

We know have incontrovertible proof in the form of first-hand, corroborated accounts (as described in affidavits to the Court by victims and witnesses alike) that it involved child sex slaves. This disturbing fact is something which Ortega has continuously downplayed, in a desperate attempt to minimize it away.

Consider what U.S. Senator McCaskill (D) of Missouri said about this sordid enterprise:

“The profit they were making was obscene,” says Sen. Claire McCaskill, who co-authored the the senate report on Backpage. “And the fact they were comfortable making that profit on the backs of children that were being sold for sex — it’s hard to contemplate that kind of evil.”

And here’s how Tony Ortega chose to respond:

“We’re being told that there’s a widespread, growing and out-of-control problem to fear in our country. And it has a catchy name: ‘trafficking. The actual data behind this ‘epidemic’ is wanting in the extreme. It involves 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.”

Using Tony Ortega’s own spurious logic could we not fairly say that, by virtue of the quote above, that Tony’s readers must then believe child sex trafficking is legitimate ‘sex work’ and that the countless children victimized annually are really just pre-teen prostitutes trying to be make an honest living?

It’s a disgusting line of thought to consider, but then, disgusting lines of thought have always been Tony Ortega’s strong suit.

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