How do you write an "investigative" piece about inflated sex trafficking numbers and almost entirely undermine yourself? Village Voice Media shows us a few ways with its cover story this week.
You can have a commercial interest in such an angle, for one — the company has been targeted by anti-trafficking organizations for advertisements on its Backpage.com site. (It's also used its editorial pages to defend its business practices this way before.) An editor's note says, "It is true that Village Voice Media has a stake in this discussion. But the facts speak for themselves."