prostitution-ad revenue hits monthly high

02 Dec 2011, the classified advertising site owned by Village Voice Media, set new records in October for revenue from online prostitution advertising and for the number of prostitution ads on its site. Ads on Backpage for escort services and body rubs -– both euphemisms for prostitution -- generated at least $2.1 million in October, according to the AIM Group. That’s 3.8 percent hi

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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.