Star Tribune runs discredited sex trafficking numbers AGAIN

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We thought we'd killed this bit of pseudoscience. But it won't die.
This is getting ridiculous.

Nearly a month ago City Pages ran a cover story thoroughly debunking the child sex trafficking statistics being shopped around by the Women's Funding Network.

We also called out the major news organizations that got suckered by the study and regurgitated its imaginary numbers without bothering to check them out.

Among those outlets were many of the local heavy hitters: Minnesota Public Radio, the Pioneer Press, and the Star Tribune.

To its credit, Minnesota Public Radio has since followed up on our story with a thoroughly reported piece by Madeleine Baran, which found the same thing we did: No self-respecting critical thinker takes this crap seriously. Not academics, not the cops, not the FBI, not even the expert the Schapiro Group, which conducted the study, said would back them up.

Well, you can lead a news outlet to knowledge but you can't make them think.

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Just today, at the very top of the Star Tribune's politics page, an article by Bob von Sternberg repeats the same threadworn fabrications: Juvenile prostitution in the Twin Cities shot up 55 percent in just six months.

Von Sternberg wouldn't speak on the record about where he got the study or whether he checked it out before reprinting the numbers.

Patricia Lopez, the paper's political editor, referred questions to Managing Editor Rene Sanchez. Sanchez hasn't responded to phoned and e-mailed requests for comments on the Strib's standards for vetting advocate's claims before reprinting them.

Until the City Pages story ran, other reporters and editors across the country had been too lazy to investigate this pseudoscience before rebroadcasting it to their readers. To check the numbers would have required digging up the original study and reading its methodology section.

But since the story ran, the threshold of due diligence is even lower: a simple Google search of any of the relevant terms brings up the City Pages / Village Voice headline, which ought to be enough to give any rigorous reporter pause.

Apparently even a Google search is too much to ask, though. So the zombie study gets to feed on the brains of unsuspecting Star Tribune readers, then staggers on down the road to its next date with an uncritical media.

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Tell the Truth to the World
Tell the Truth to the World

I hope you can help Village Voice media let the truth out.  They need to publish these articles Nationally. In every Village Voice Media publication. Not just one. You need to LEAVE UP your links about sex trafficking myths and lies on the front page of every Village Voice Media publication forever so that it is easy to find. Why did you take the links down on City Pages, and other VVM websites for your sex trafficking article? It needs to remain as a link on the front page FOREVER in every Village Voice Media publication so that it is easy to find the article! You must continue to write new articles about the lies being told about Sex Trafficking and Sex Slavery. It will take a lot to not be buried by false information. If you do a Google search in the news or web about Sex Trafficking it is filled with lies and myths.  So to get the truth out. You and Village Voice Media VVM must put the truth about sex trafficking and sex slavery on the front page, nationally every week - where it won't be hidden within the false rumors.   You must make the major news organization have no choice, but to report about the true articles, since they will be on the front page and website of every Village Voice media publication around the county.   The major news will not do a thing unless the public is talking about it, and demanding that they take notice.  - To do this won't be easy.  It will take a BIG media campaign.  With many, many articles that the public can see easily and nationally and internationally.  Both on the Internet, print, social media, and every other form of media possible.   If you look at the London Guardian  and Washington Post  articles, they are all but forgotten.  Because there was not a BIG media campaign. Just a couple articles.  If they are going to be timid and wimpy and do just a little, they might as well give up now. This is a fight, with very strong opposition.  It is basically go all out or noting.  Doing a little won't help, you most do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE  TO GET THE WORD OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE LAWMAKERS !  IT'S ALL OR NOTHING !!  Thank you for writing your article about the Child Sex Slave Myth. PLEASE, PLEASE Write more articles about this, and the Child Super Bowl Sex Slave Myth, and Sports sex slave myth and the Myths in the United Kingdom, Germany World Cup, Olympics, etc. You should keep having more cover stories in every Village Voice Media publication around America and a full report each week on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. The lying people, get all the press. It is time the truthful people get some press. In order to do this you must KEEP IT UP. Until other news organization pick up the story. Each week you need to have a big NATIONAL cover story on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. There is plenty to write about! You should include the link and TV Video below in a future story from WFAA Dallas TV News about the Super Bowl Child Sex Slave Myth: Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links: Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth: http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo...  Video only: http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=11498...  http://sextraffickingtruths.bl...   http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...  News night BBC video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...  Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking:http://www.dallasnews.com/spor...  Guardian newspaper:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...  http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...   Nick Davies - About Truth in the Media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...  There is also great information in the links below: http://sextraffickingtruths.bl...   http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...    I would like to see a major national news organization do a full investigative report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact. http://the-myth-of-sex-traffic...

Leave up your links
Leave up your links

I hope you can help Village Voice media let the truth out. They need to publish these articles Nationally. In every Village Voice Media publication. Not just one. You need to LEAVE UP your links about sex trafficking on the front page of every Village Voice Media publication forever so that it is easy to find. Why did you take the links down on City Pages,and other VVM websites for your sex trafficking article? It needs to remain as a link on the front page FOREVER in every Village Voice Media publication so that it is easy to find the article.

It will take a lot to not be buried by false information. If you do a Google search in the news or web about Sex Trafficking it is filled with lies and myths. So to get the truth out. You and Village Voice Media VVM must put the truth about sex trafficking and sex slavery on the front page, nationally every week - where it won't be hidden within the false rumors. You must make the major news organization have no choice, but to report about the true articles, since they will be on the front page and website of every Village Voice media publication around the county. The major news will not do a thing unless the public is talking about it, and demanding that they take notice. - To do this won't be easy. It will take a BIG media campaign. With many, many articles that the public can see easily and nationally and internationally. Both on the Internet, print, social media, and every other form of media possible. If you look at the London Guardian and Washington Post articles, they are all but forgotten. Because there was not a BIG media campaign. Just a couple articles. If they are going to be timid and do just a little, they might as well give up now. This is a fight, with very strong opposition. It is basically go all out or noting. Doing a little won't help, you most do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET THE WORD OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE LAWMAKERS ! IT'S ALL OR NOTHING !!

Here is a email I wrote to Village Voice Media:

Thank you for writing your article about the Child Sex Slave Myth. PLEASE, PLEASE Write more articles about this, and the Child Super Bowl Sex Slave Myth, and Sports sex slave myth and the Myths in the United Kingdom, Germany World Cup, Olympics, etc. You should keep having more cover stories in every Village Voice Media publication around America and a full report each week on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves.

The lying people, get all the press. It is time the truthful people get some press.

In order to do this you must KEEP IT UP. Until other news organization pick up the story. Each week you need to have a big NATIONAL cover story on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. There is plenty to write about!

You should include the link and TV Video below in a future story from WFAA Dallas TV News about the Super Bowl Child Sex Slave Myth:

Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links:

Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth: http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo...

Video only:

http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=11498...

http://sextraffickingtruths.bl... http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

News night BBC video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking: http://www.dallasnews.com/spor...

Guardian newspaper:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...

Nick Davies - About Truth in the Media:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

There is also great information in the links below:

http://sextraffickingtruths.bl... http://bebopper76.wordpress.co...

I would like to see a major national news organization do a full investigative report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims.

This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims.

They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult sex worker. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing.

These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advantage of these “helpless foreign women wives”.

These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

http://the-myth-of-sex-traffic...

vitajex
vitajex

If that study is a zombie that feeds on the brains of Strib readers, that's gotta be one malnourished zombie!

Katrina Unifem
Katrina Unifem

I agree with the sentiment that lazy journalism and use of unfounded figures is appalling, ethically and I would hope, professionally. As someone who works in South East Asia in the field of stopping sex trafficking (an area where many figures are thrown about) my concern is that with the snipping and arguing about figures, the real issue of people being exploited gets lost. We need to be reminded that 1 person being exploited is too many.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Among those outlets were many of the local heavy hitters: Minnesota Public Radio, the Pioneer Press, and the Star Tribune."Huh, nothing but copy and paste type reporters working at these extremely liberal lie publishers.How much do these people get paid?

Say it with me people - "Liberal Liars"Damn that rolls from the tongue nicely!

DudeBro
DudeBro

Thank you for being a beacon of journalistic integrity, City Pages! All the other newspapers should take note of your sterling record and try to be more like you guys!

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Why would you expect a newspaper that pays Katherine Kersten for her opinions to get something like this right?

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