A well-trafficked source of ads for real estate in Houston and the rest of the country — and oh, by the way, escort ads often described as conduits for prostitution and human-trafficking schemes — is separating from the chain of alt weeklies that founded it. A group of Village Voice Media managers headed by company president Scott Tobias is buying out the chain of 13 city weeklies (and websites) that includes the Houston Press, the Village Voice, and LA Weekly. The Voice’s current owners will hold onto Backpage.com, the nation’s top venue for “body rub” ads. [Denver Post]
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