Dude, Where's My Peer Review? Celebs, Media Scare America With Bogus Sex-Trafficking Stats.

In this week's Paper Version of Unfair Park, you'll find a story about underage sex trafficking from the Village Voice, our big sister in New York (she's very sharing, that sister). The story details the recent fascination of the media and Hollywood with the plague of sex trafficking -- and all the money, government and otherwise, being dumped into curing it.

The problem is, as this and other stories by Village Voice Media reporters have demonstrated, the statistics used to generate all the fear -- and all the money that follows -- were pulled, basically, from thin air. That's why the many expensive government task forces set up to fight sex trafficking, including ones in Texas, can't seem to find any actual sex trafficking.

Read the story at

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Joe Tone
Contact: Joe Tone