Targeting: Andrew Alexander (Ombudsman, The Washington Post) and Ken Babby (Vice President of Advertising, The Washington Post)
Sponsored by: Polaris Project
The Washington Post is one of the few remaining large U.S. newspapers that accept advertisements for massage parlors, many of which are thinly veiled, legal fronts for brothels. The women in many of these brothels are lured by human traffickers under the guise of a legitimate job but then forced into prostitution, subjected to manipulation and false promises, threatened with harm to family members, and/or coerced through debt bondage.
The Washington Post is one of the primary sources used to find these types of brothels in DC Metro Area, through ads in the Sports section. The Washington Post’s disregard for this reality and lack of action to stop the ads makes it complicit in sex trafficking and sexual violence against women.
Most other well respected newspapers, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times have long banned advertising for certain massage parlors, spas, and other related fronts because of their connection to brothels. However, The Washington Post is not only turning a blind eye to the victims of human trafficking in brothels, but also profiting from advertising them.
Help end The Washington Post’s support for and advertising of brothels by letting them know that it is unacceptable and inexcusable, and that they should stop advertising for them immediately. Please take action by signing and adding your own message below (as individualized letters are more effective than form letters), and sending it to The Post today.