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Sex trafficking on Backpage.com: Much ado about (statistically) nothing

In my first post for TechCrunch.com, I go inside Backpage.com’s fight against sex trafficking. It’s bananas. Read Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com: Much Ado About (Statistically) Nothing in TechCrunch.com. Advertisements

The Other Problem with Sex Trafficking

This is a talk I gave at the Personal Democracy Forum  called The Other Problem with Sex Trafficking on 6/12/12 at NYU Skirball Center. I argue that the anti-sex trafficking movement’s war on classified website Backpage.com shows an alarming lack of understanding of how the internet works. The movement is divided between those who fear the internet, like … Continue reading

The death of online dating

I argue today in AdAge that the dating industry as we know it is dying: Despite the undeniable fact that the social era has arrived — mutual friends, followers, first-degree connections, APIs — the dating sites wallow in primordial username soup (so that’s where you’ve been hiding, nycprince03!) and refuse to hook up to the … Continue reading

Super Bowl and sex trafficking: some fun with numbers

Super Bowl a magnet for under-age sex trade. Child sex rings spike during Super Bowl week. Super Bowl Sunday’s Dark Side: Big Game Attracts Child Sex Traffickers (video). The media is in a frenzy over an estimated 10,000 underage girls who will be trafficked into Arlington, TX next week for the Superbowl of Sex Trafficking, … Continue reading


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