Police Realizing Craigslist Is A Resource, Not A Problem

from the well,-that's-good dept

Last month, we noted that Atlanta’s mayor was wrongly blaming Craigslist for child prostitution, saying that Craigslist needed to take responsibility for preventing that kind of activity. The problem, of course, is that Craigslist isn’t to blame. It’s merely the platform. Not only that, by being such a popular platform it should have made it easier for police to target those who were actually doing something wrong. In fact, it looks like many other areas of the country realize that Craigslist is actually quite a useful tool. Police in a variety of places have now learned to track down those who are breaking the law on Craigslist. They aren’t blaming the site, but recognizing how it helps them better capture criminals. It’s nice to know that the misguided views of Atlanta’s mayor aren’t widespread.


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sam says:

ok mike….

i took your bait.. and read the article in the NY Times. No where in the article did anyone on the law enforcement side claim that they look at CL as a good thing/tool regarding crime/prostitution.

In fact, the flavor of the article was that they would rather that CL not allow these kinds of postings at all!!! (Along with other sites.. as indicated in other similar articles.)

So mike.. tell us, where do you find law enforcement contacts/voices who like what CL is doing, and look at it in a positive light, as opposed to their wishing the erotic/prostitution posting weren’t on the site at all.

you gotta do better with your analysis. if my child did this kind of work, she wouldn’t make it out of 8th grade!!

puhleeze!

Mike (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Sam, it amazes me that you constantly misread what I write.

No where in the article did anyone on the law enforcement side claim that they look at CL as a good thing/tool regarding crime/prostitution.

I never said it was “a good thing.” I said that police are recognizing they can use it to catch criminals, rather than simply driving the criminals further underground.

Is it that hard to understand the difference?

mike says:

Re: did you actually read it though??

Sam you said you read the whole article, did you miss about 75% of it then?:

“Augmenting traditional surveillance of street walkers, massage parlors, brothels and escort services, investigators are now hunching over computer screens to scroll through provocative cyber-ads in search of solicitors.”

sam says:

mike…

reread your article.. what you stated, was that “…it looks like many other areas of the country realize that Craigslist is actually quite a useful tool…”

your implication is that police view CL in a rather positive note with regards to dealing with prostitution/crime. you might argue that this is simply aruging subtleties. i would argue that it’s simply another of your spin articles..

peace…

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