Just this week, there's been a lot of press surrounding Facebook's crackdown on hate speech after companies threatened to pull their advertising dollars from the site. Facebook admitted it hasn't been adequately policing reports of hate speech, particularly pages that focused on women. They put up a blog post about it last Tuesday. NSFW follows:

So I won't say that this is ironic, but it is absolutely puzzling that just a week later, Facebook is claiming that a page featuring graphic sexual photos of prostitutes in the red light district of Sonagachi doesn't violate their terms of service. You may be familiar with Sonagchi in Kolkata, India, as it was the focus of the acclaimed documentary, Born into Brothels.

Today, after a friend who had recently returned from charity work in Kolkata stumbled upon this Facebook page, a number of friends reported the page to Facebook for violating the TOS with sexually explicit images. The about for the 'fan' page doesn't attempt to hide what it is:

Sonagachi is the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India and one of the largest in Asia. It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels and estimated 11,000 sex workers.[1][2] Sonagachi is located in North Kolkata near the intersection of Ch [ed note — the sentence ends there]

In response, I and others have received this email from Facebook:

NSFW: Facebook Says That Page Trafficking Women Doesn't Violate TOS (Updated)

Oh, really?

NSFW: Facebook Says That Page Trafficking Women Doesn't Violate TOS (Updated)

NSFW: Facebook Says That Page Trafficking Women Doesn't Violate TOS (Updated)

NSFW: Facebook Says That Page Trafficking Women Doesn't Violate TOS (Updated)

I suppose these women — a large number of whom are victims of sex trafficking — aren't breastfeeding their children, but one might think that a graphic photo of a blowjob might, you know, violate Facebook's TOS against sexually explicit imagery. (And note — these two photos that I edited and included here as an example of what is being broadcast on that page are tame in comparison to some of the photographs, a series of which includes taking an underage'd girl's virginity, with close up shots a man's hand spreading her vulva for inspection.)

Update: Liz the friend who initially stumbled across the page, who is also a Jezebel commenter and Powder Room author, has an article about it on her blog here: https://lizboltzranfeld.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/fac...

Update 6/5/13: Suspiciously, minutes after both The Daily Dot and Jezebel ran stories about Facebook refusing to take the page down, the site seems to have been deleted. Funny, that.

Update 6/6/13: We've received an email from Facebook's Public Policy Communications team. They state:

To be clear, this was not removed as a result of the blog post, the content absolutely violated our polices however initial reports were not actioned correctly because of a technical error that has been fixed.