The Hollywood chapter of the National Organization for Women has offered its support to Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign against sex trafficking on Village Voice Media’s Backpage.com.
Seattlecrime.com has obtained a letter sent by Hollywood N.O.W. President emeritus Lindsey Horvath to McGinn this morning:
July 22, 2011
Mayor Mike McGinn:
We are writing to thank you as well as to offer our support for your continued efforts to end sex trafficking in the Village Voice & their subsidiary publications.
Human trafficking is an international epidemic. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), an estimated 12.3 million people are enslaved in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude at any given time around the world.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking reports that the CIA estimates as many as 15,000-17,000 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States annually, with Los Angeles being one of the top three points of entry. Their research confirms that immigration agents estimate 10,000 women are being held in Los Angeles’ underground brothels; this does not include the thousands of victims in domestic work, sweatshops or other informal industries.
Additionally, the US Department of Justice reports that 83% of the victims of confirmed sex trafficking incidents from 2008-2010 were identified as US citizens.
Las Vegas law enforcement believes that advertisements encouraging people to participate in clandestine sexual behavior have contributed to the increase of trafficking and slavery in their City. We know that this type of advertising is not limited to Las Vegas. A variety of publications throughout the United States contribute to and participate in the trafficking epidemic through their classified ads.
We are asking that the US Conference of Mayors follow in your footsteps and resolve to discontinue advertising in the Village Voice and its subsidiary outlets until further investigation confirms that neither sex trafficking nor child prostitution are taking place in these publications. Furthermore, we are asking that the Mayors recommit their efforts to identify and eradicate sex trafficking in their respective communities.
As an organization dedicated to helping achieve equality for all women, Hollywood NOW believes these are important steps in protecting women and girls as well as empowering all survivors of sex trafficking to come forward and seek assistance.
Along with the under-signed community leaders, Hollywood NOW asks that the US Conference of Mayors join us in our efforts.
Lindsey Horvath, President Emeritus, Hollywood NOW
Eve Ensler, Founder, VDay: The global activist movement to end violence against
women & girls
Patti Giggans, Executive Director, Peace Over Violence
Councilmember John Heilman, City of West Hollywood
Yvonne Moore, President, Long Beach & South Bay NOW
Zoe Nicholson, President, Pacific Shore NOW
Torie Osborn, Former Senior Advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Melinda Tremaglio, President, Palm Springs NOW
Jess Weiner, Author/Self-Esteem Expert/Brand Strategist
Ruth Williams, Director of Advocacy, National Council of Jewish Women – LA
As we posted earlier, McGinn also met with the mayors of seven other cities in Los Angeles today in an attempt to gather additional support for his anti-juvenile prostitution campaign.
In case you’re curious, here’s a list of the Hollywood types that have supported N.O.W. in the past:
Margie Adam Melissa Etheridge Julianne Moore Christina Aguilera Morgan Fairchild Alanis Morissette Jennifer Aniston Edie Falco Kathy Najimy Curtis Armstrong Frances Fisher Alyson Palmer Elaine Aronson Calista Flockhart Joe Pantoliano Bea Arthur Jane Fonda Mary-Louise Parker Ed Asner Bonnie Franklin Adrian Pasdar Kevin Bacon Janeane Garofalo Pink Alec Baldwin Ana Gasteyer Martha Plimpton William Baldwin Indigo Girls Doris Roberts Meredith Baxter Annabeth Gish Paul Rudd Shari Belafonte Whoopi Goldberg Susan Sarandon Maria Bello Lauren Graham Campbell Scott Polly Bergen Maggie Gyllenhaal Kyra Sedgwick Thora Birch Lisa Gay Hamilton Amy Brenneman Ben Harper Cybill Shepherd Betty Buckley Ed Harris SONiA Jessica Capshaw Salma Hayek Fisher Stevens Lynda Carter Marg Helgenberger Gloria Steinem Stockard Channing Isabella Hofmann Julia Stiles Jill Clayburgh Helen Hunt Corky & Mike Stoller Kate Clinton Amy Jo Johnson Sharon Stone Glenn Close Kathryn Joosten Amber Tamblyn Cindy Crawford Ashley Judd Mary Testa Sheryl Crow Catherine Keener Charlize Theron Alan Cumming Carole King Uma Thurman Tyne Daly Swoosie Kurtz Heather Tom Blythe Danner Christine Lahti Stanley Tucci Kristin Davis Sanaa Lathan Kathleen Turner Ossie Davis Sharon Lawrence Ted Turner Dana Delany Lisa Loeb Sarah Weddington Laura Dern Amy Madigan Bradley Whitford Ani DiFranco Natalie Maines Alfre Woodard Illeana Douglas Wendie Malick Thom Yorke Denise Dowse Joshua Malina Amy Ziff Fran Drescher Camryn Manheim Elizabeth Ziff Kirsten Dunst Frances McDormand David Eigenberg Ewan McGregor Hector Elizondo Marilyn McIntyre Emme Sarah McLachlan Eve Ensler Moby Giancarlo Esposito
That’s right, folks. The Seattle Weekly/Village Voice Media/Backpage.com now have Glenn Close, Joey Pants, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the ghost of Bea Arthur all up in their shit.
More as this develops.