Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are trying to raise awareness about child trafficking and prostitution in the United States and have created a technology task force to create solutions to end human trafficking online. Their blunt slogan is, Real Men Dont Buy Girls, and theyre recruiting celebrities to make this pledge and spread the word. Heres a video from their launch.
Good for them; they could be spending all of their free time (and money) redecorating their homes.
The sleezy yet still influential Village Voice mocked Kutcher saying he wildly inflated the number of girls who are sex trafficked in the United States. That number is notoriously hard to get, but Kutcher and his program are working with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a source to be trusted. Not only did the Voice play down the problem suggesting, ludicrously, that the number of actual arrests gives some scope of the problem -- but Kutcher is right to point to the Voice as potentially part of the problem. Turn to their back pages and see dozens of ads for prostitutes. (They call people like us who support laws against prostitution prohibitionists.)
Good for Kutcher. He slammed the Voice with a tirade of late night Tweets. A sampling:
Hey @villagevoice hows the lawsuit from the 15 year old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?
Hey @villagevoice speaking of data, maybe you can help me... How much $ did your "escorts" in you classifieds on backpage make last year?
Hey @villagevoice speaking of Data... How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?
Hey @villagevoice Find another way to justify that YOUR property facilitates the sale of HUMAN BEINGS
Hey @villagevoice if you want to dispute the online data I've collected about the consumption of child porn or the hard facts from NCMEC lmk
Hey @villagevoice REAL MEN DON'T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON'T SELL THEM