The age-old debate over whether to limit sexually explicit expression took a new turn last week in Grosse Pointe Park when residents demanded that the Metro Times be banned in the city and in libraries serving the five Grosse Pointes.

The residents’ concerns went beyond typical complaints about obscenity when some charged the alternative weekly tabloid’s advertisers with promoting human trafficking — a term used to describe coerced prostitution and forced labor, usually of women — through sexually-explicit advertisements.

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