Nicholas Kristof, in the course of attacking a local and national competitor of the media empire that gives him his paychecks, tries yet again to smear the Village Voice (which has debunked his prior reporting time and again) as the Root of All Sexual Evil:
THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.
This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media.
Why is Kristof so hot against Village Voice Media? Probably because they’ve repeatedly exposed his and other writers’ pushing factually-unsupported myths like The Great Super Bowl Hooker Invasions and an alleged underage sex traffic epidemic that legitimate and honestly-run studies simply haven’t found to exist. (In fact, Backpage.com works intensively with law enforcement and is considered a valued tool in fighting the sort of sexual exploitation Kristof claims to oppose.)