In theory, the bill, which revises Section of the Communications Decency Act, is designed to crack down on internet sex trafficking, but in reality, sex workers say that it will make their jobs less safe by giving them one less way to vet potential clients. This isn't the first time that Craigslist has removed sections, says Chelsea Reynolds , a professor at California State University who wrote her dissertation on the media portrayal of Craigslist.
In , Craigslist dumped their "erotic services" section after pressure from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who called it "nothing more than an Internet brothel. The data, which was widely picked up by the media, turned out to be false, as the Village Voice later uncovered. By that time, however, it was too late for Craigslist's adult service providers.
In reality, the vast majority of people who use Craigslist personals aren't doing anything illegal, Reynolds says. While the media tends to push stories about sex trafficking victims , when Reynolds looked at the data, she found that "Most people on the site are just exploring their sexuality. These bills get pushed over moralistic and paternalistic concerns about young girls' welfare, but we need to remember that there are many, many people who use these sections responsibly.
There are also many, many people who enter sex work willingly, and these laws really hurt people like that. Mistress Matisse , a Seattle-area sex worker, agrees. It's the government telling you want you can and can't discuss online. No one wants children to be trafficked, but it does not happen as much as they say it happens and shutting down personals is not going to make it go away. An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Missed Connections was dead, when in reality it was just moved.
It has changed the type of clients from businessmen to back down to the blue collar worker that you can't really count on. That hasn't stopped Maureen and other providers from posting, though. For those who don't want to play by the rules, a spin into Casual Encounters a part of the site for boring old plebes like you and me to hook up shows that other prostitutes have merely moved their offers for "french lessons" and the like to the free, unmoderated part of the site.
Let's put it this way: In the end, the change's lack of real impact suggests that the legal posturing over Craigslist and prostitution is more about PR and less about actually reducing prostitution or keeping anyone safe. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster recently pointed out that the site has been working hard to come to an agreeable solution with law enforcement while other sites have been running willy nilly with their obvious prostitution ads, yet almost percent of the legal threats have been towards Craigslist alone.
And, even then, the prostitutes are still finding ways around the new restrictions—rules be damned. You must login or create an account to comment.
The new Adult Services section of craigslist is fully populated. A random not Maureen's listing from Craigslist's new Adult section.In a separate statement, Craigslist legal counsel Elizabeth McDougall clarified the company's position that in forcing Craigslist to remove a separate section for adult ads, lawmakers would actually be hurting their own battles against crimes like sex trafficking and child prostitution. This isn't the first time that Craigslist has removed sections, says Chelsea Reynoldsa professor at California State University who wrote her dissertation on the media portrayal of Craigslist. Be respectful, keep it clean and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we escort for couples the Western Australia you to read. And, even then, the prostitutes are still finding ways around the new restrictions—rules be damned. In the end, the change's lack of real impact suggests that the legal posturing over Craigslist and prostitution is more about PR and less about actually reducing prostitution or keeping anyone safe. Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.