As it turns out, Village Voice Media—parent company of the Seattle Weekly—has taken a really unfair beating from the likes of Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Police Department, and Ashton Kutcher over the last week.
Mayor McGinn, SPD, and Kutcher have accused VVM of profiting off child prostitution and human misery on their classified ad site, Backpage.com. And VVM says that’s soooooo not fair:
What happens when two adults find each other through Backpage.com? I couldn’t tell you. The whole point of Backpage.com is that we aren’t involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.
I, too, support of Village Voice Media’s First Amendment Rights 2DXtreme (TM), so I’ve decided to start a new column here on Seattlecrime.com, spotlighting all of the good work in support of free speech VVM’s classified ad site, Backpage.com, has accomplished.
In our first celebration of Backpage’s First Amendment Extremism, I present to you the police records for a case involving a 17-year-old, who was pimped out by a 19-year-old woman on Backpage.com.
We'll continue to celebrate the brave constitutional crusaders at VVM/Backpage each and every time a new case becomes available.