Protesters: Village Voice helps sell kids for sex

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of Norman Mailer has joined others in protesting the Village Voice, the New York City weekly his late father co-founded that's now accused of running ads peddling underage prostitutes.

Actor and writer John Buffalo Mailer marched Thursday with about 100 protesters from a park to the Voice's East Village offices. They say the weekly's parent company should shut down its Backpage.com adult classified section, which they believe includes ads linked to child sex-trafficking.

Mailer said the site hurts the paper's credibility and his father would not approve.

A lawyer with the Phoenix-based Village Voice Media says Backpage.com cooperates with law enforcement, reports potential sexual exploitation of children and uses such tools as an automated filter system and manual reviews to detect and prevent sex trafficking.

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