Ashton Kutcher is in a heated Twitter war with the Village Voice after the newspaper slammed statistics the actor and wife Demi Moore used in their anti-child prostitution campaign.
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In its article titled "Real Men Get Their Facts Straight
" (a play on Kutcher's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign), the paper says Kutcher's claim that there are between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today is a "statistic [that] was hatched without regard to science. It is a bogeyman."Kutcher fired back on Twitter Thursday, writing
: "How's the lawsuit from the 15-year-old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?" The actor was referring to a lawsuit an underage sex industry survivor filed last year against Village Voice Media's Backpage.com. The site is accused of knowingly promoting prostitution of a minor on their online classified website."Hey, Village Voice
, speaking of data, maybe you can help me. How much money did your 'escorts' in your classifieds on Backpage make last year? How many of your girls selling themselves on your classifieds are you doing age verification on?" Kutcher continued
. "Find another way to justify that your property facilitates the sale of human beings."
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The Village Voice
retorted on Twitter: "Don't spout phony statistics which are then used to justify millions in spending for 'awareness.' Victims need beds and counseling." Kutcher tweeted back with more statistics about child pornography and notes the nearly 1,500 calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in June. "Hey @villagevoice
REAL MEN DON'T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON'T SELL THEM," he added.The paper then retweeted a slew of tweets from readers on its side and who bashed Kutcher, claiming that actors make bad activists.The feud is continuing as of Friday. Kutcher tweeted
to such Village Voice advertisers as Disney and Dominos, asking if they knew they are "advertising on a site that owns and operates a digital brothel?"The Village Voice
, for now, has the last word
: "A digital brothel?" Did you really want to out your prohibitionist agenda for what it is so early in the game, Ashton?"
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