From the reporting team at NPR:
Village Voice Media Holdings, the company that publishes the newspaper of the same name, is breaking up with its controversial advertising service. Backpage.com has been accused of facilitating sex trafficking, and activists have been pressuring the Village Voice to shut down its adult classifieds service.
Backpage.com has been routinely identified as a vehicle for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Numerous petitions have been released in an attempt to shut down and restrict backpage.com operations. The stance of the Village Voice will hopefully inspire other publications to stand against sex trafficking and forced prostitution. To hear the entire newsclip from NPR, click here.