It is disillusioning how cruel and degrading some seemingly ethical media corporations will be to snag a buck. Like outlaw biker gangs, they will even stoop—for money—to enable slavery, torture and child prostitution.
Turn to the back pages of Now, or Toronto Star’s sister publication Eye, or Quebecor’s Toronto Sun, or some of the gay publications and you will see what whoremongers these unabashed corporations truly are. Their pages are rife with ads selling intimate sexual acts with girls and boys, women and men. These corporations are pimps by definition.
A pimp is someone who finds customers for prostitutes and is paid from revenue created by the human beings performing paid sex acts. Often a pimp is an enslaver of the prostitutes, using torture and death threats to extort compliance. Few human endeavours are as despicable. But colour ads in the back pages are very profitable and paid for up front with cash or credit cards.
Do the publications investigate each ad placement to ensure that a creep who captures runaway children and forces them into prostitution isn’t behind it?
Are the common ads offering paid sex with Russian, Latino, Asian or some other ethnicity enabling modern slavers to trick people in poor countries to come to Canada with broken promises of decent work, only to be compelled to prostitute themselves?
We know about these modern-day atrocities in our comparatively wealthy society from reading some of the very newspapers’ editorial content that is so insulated from the evils committed by their publishers for money. We read about youngsters who’ve run away from home being captured by pimps who enslave and degrade them.
Who do these corporations think are buying the expensive and lurid ads touting extreme eagerness to perform on anyone with the cash the degrading “services” advertised in their publications? It’s certainly not the kids who are being prostituted. It’s not the enslaved people tricked into coming to Canada. It’s their pimps—fellow travelers with the publishers who run their ads and the shareholders who control their corporations.
The abolition of human slavery, led by the British for moral as well as economic reasons, and enforced by their dominant navy in the 1800s, is a heartening inheritance of spirituality and ethics that underpins Western democracy.
How pitiful that corporations are undermining that inheritance.
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