Last week, Village Voice Media challenged the science behind data that say the underage prostitution industry is growing. We called media outlets out on relying on bogus arguments and junk science to stoke fear and panic about underage sex trafficking.
Don't get us wrong, we admit there is a problem with underage sex trafficking. We just don't buy the numbers that say that 100,000 to 300,000 kids are swooped up into the industry every year.
Those numbers are used by activists and media outlets including CNN's Amber Lyon, who famously went after Craigslist, saying the site's adult ad section fostered underage sex trafficking.