Mainstream Magazine to Drop Ads Selling Sex

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From a local NY television station:

A popular magazine has agreed to stop running sex ads in its back pages.

New York Magazine said it will no longer accept the classified ads, after the local chapter of the National Organization for Woman threatened to hold protests against the magazine – saying the ads promote prostitution and human trafficking.

In a statement, the group praised the decision saying: “… New York Magazine has taken a real leadership position in the industry by wanting to segue away from carrying these types of ads.”

NOW has won similar agreements from 14 other publications, including the Village Voice and New York Press.

The full report is here.  

New York Magazine, as well as its main rival, Time Out New York, have always run a large number of ads for sexual services, many very clear as to what was on offer.   This response to NOW’s campaign against such ads, which overwhelmingly are for female prostitutes, will surely lead to a move to have the rival magazine follow suit.

Some free (in Manhattan) papers such as The Village Voice, have a huge number of sex ads per issue.

-Ralph Michael Stein

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