Ever wonder where traffickers advertise their victims? Turns out it's in one of the nation's most prestigious newspapers - The Washington Post. Advertisements for massage parlors that are often fronts for brothels selling trafficked women are run in The Post every day.
The Washington Post is one of the few remaining large U.S. newspapers that accept advertisements for massage parlors. As a community, we can not accept such behavior. Let us stand up and send a loud and clear message to the Washington Post that we will not tolerate their disregard for this reality.
Here what you can do to help:
1) Sign this online petition that will be sent directly to the Post: http://www.change.org/actions/view/tell_the_washington_post_to_stop_supporting_brothels
2) Forward this email to your friends, family, and coworkers
3) If you have Facebook or Gmail, set your status to reflect this effort.
Here's a sample:
"Does the Washington Post support Brothels? Read more at http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/is_the_washington_post_a_paper_pimp"
4) Read this article on change.org: http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/is_the_washington_post_a_paper_pimp"
Remember, just because we believe something is wrong and needs to be change, does not mean it will. We have to take action ourselves to change it!
P.S. We also want to tell you that we recently heard a DC Police Officer recall arresting several men who were customers in the brothels that advertise with the Post. The excuse that these men gave was "I saw it in the Post--so I thought it must be OK."