New York – Village Voice Media, the alternative newsweekly
publisher whose titles also include the Village Voice and LA Weekly, has been sued
by a victim of child trafficking who alleges the company’s
classifieds site aided in her ordeal, Ars Technica reported. The plaintiff was
14 years old when she was forced into prostitution by a pimp — who has already
pleaded guilty — into taking nude pictures that were posted in sex ads on

The plaintiff alleges that Village Voice Media knew the photos were
of a minor and for prostitution services, and should not be entitled to
protection from liability under the Communications Decency Act.

"The claim
that we knowingly assisted [the child’s pimp] in committing criminal acts is a
lie fabricated by a trial lawyer looking for a payday. The attorney seeks to
redirect blame from a convicted predator to, which helped
prosecute the criminal," reads a statement from Village Voice Media’s
Steve Suskind published by Gawker.



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(Ars Technica)