Dude, Where's My Ads?
July 2, 2011 10:15 AM Subscribe
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and the Village Voice
are at war
Kutcher and Demi Moore have taken up the cause of ending child sex trafficking. In an interview with CNN
, Kutcher said that there are "between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today", a claim based on The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U. S., Canada and Mexico
, a 2001 study by Drs. Richard Estes and Neil A. Weiner.
The Village Voice published a cover article
highly critical of the study; they estimated that there were an average of 827 child prostitution arrests in the United States per year, and questioned not only Estes and Weiner's methodology but also their connections to Shared Hope International
, founded by former congresswoman Linda Smith
, and Kutcher and Moore's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls
" PSA campaign, which seeks to reduce demand for underage prostitutes by shaming their adult johns.
Kutcher's response, via Twitter (he has over 7 million followers), was to tweet companies who advertised with the VV, saying that it "owns and operates a digital brothel
", that it "supports the Sale of Human Beings (slavery)
", and that it "has a market place for human beings
". (The VV has long had ads for adult services.) Kutcher later announced at least one victory, with American Airlines pulling its ads
Previously on the blue
; Linda Smith had lobbied to remove adult ads from Craigslist
on the basis that they facilitated child prostitution.