Anti-prostitution link brings people to porn site

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The "real men don't buy girls" billboard in Sudbury, Ont., features a web link to a porn site. (Jonathan Migneault/QMI Agency files)

Harold Carmichael, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. -- Officials behind an anti-prostitution campaign are scrambling to fix an Internet link that takes people to a porn site.

As of late Tuesday, the link featured on the Real Men Don't Buy Girls billboard was redirecting visitors to a website featuring pornography, including live amateur webcams.

The link is supposed to direct people to the website of the Greater Sudbury Coalition to End Violence Against Women.

Marlene Gorman, executive director of YWCA Sudbury, which supported the billboard initiative, said the redirection occurred because the domain had not been registered.

As a result, someone calling themselves Robert O'Reilly took the initiative to register it, then created the redirection to the porn site.

"It wasn't hacked," Gorman said Tuesday. "That web domain was no longer registered. (O'Reilly) registered it ... (He) should redirect his energies."

Gorman said the redirection issue is being addressed through a new link - Coalitiontoendviolence.ca - which will bring people to the right web site.

Gorman said what O'Reilly did was just wrong.

"I think that for someone to redirect the site to pornography is just another example of the devalue we place on women and the work people involved in our community do to bring an end to that violence," she said.

The billboard was put up last week in effort to discourage prostitution in that part of the city. It will be up for a month.

Harold.carmichael@sunmedia.ca


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