Questions about the research were first reported March 23 by the Village Voice in a story that called the studies “junk science.” But the weekly newspaper drew claims of conflict of interest because its parent company - Village Voice Media - owns Backpage, a classified ad website that includes an adult section.
Village Voice Media has declined to take down the adult section despite a written request sent by attorneys general from 21 states last September. Instead, the website increased its monitoring of adult ads and refers those that appear to include children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Craigslist closed its adult services section last September in response to similar letters from attorneys general in 18 states.
Samuel Curtis Johnson III, the billionaire executive whose family has owned the SC Johnson Company since the 19th century, is being charged in Wisconsin’s Racine County with repeatedly sexually molesting his stepdaughter over several years.
The girl, now 15, says Johnson touched her inappropriately on 15 or 20 occasions, starting when she was in the sixth grade.