Craigslist Blamed Yet Again For Something It Didn't Do

from the just-can't-help-it,-huh? dept

Weren't we just pointing out that everyone seems to want to blame Craigslist for things that it has no responsibility for? The latest is Connecticut's Attorney General, who has attacked Craigslist for allowing ads for prostitution. This is hardly a new charge. Last summer, the mayor of Atlanta lobbed similar charges at Craigslist. But, of course, just like that time, the blame is misplaced. Craigslist is the tool provider, not the content provider. To blame Craigslist isn't just wrong, when it comes to illegal acts like prostitution, it's downright backwards. Why? Because as some police have realized, Craigslist is actually a really useful tool for police to track down and arrest people breaking the law.

So not only is it placing the blame on the wrong party, it's doing so in a way that would only drive the prostitution further underground, making it harder for the police (and the Attorney General's office) to do their job. How smart is that? But it sure does generate headlines... The Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, had this to say in a letter to Craigslist:
"I am astonished and appalled by Craigslist's refusal to recognize the reality of prostitution on its Web site -- despite advertisements containing graphic photographs and hourly rates, and widespread public reports of prostitutes using the site."
To which I can only reply: I am astonished and appalled by Richard Blumenthal's refusal to recognize the reality of liability and section 230 safe harbors -- despite it being the law of the land and widely known and discussed in legal circles.

Filed Under: blame, craigslist, prostitution, richard blumenthal
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    Lucretious, 31 Mar 2008 @ 6:50pm

    Re: Re: Craigslist and prositution

    As for prostitution itself, I am sure all of you perverted men out there would just love to see it legalized.

    wow, and i thought I was the only one on this site with a simplistic and limited mental capacity.

    How are men who seek the services of a protitute "perverted"? Do you even know what the word means? As I stated earlier, my wife passed away in 2000, I'm 46 and a single dad, I also don't drink so I have no desire to go out to the local nightspots and put up with drunks and loud music. I am self employed and work 12 hour days at times. By the end of the day I'm exhausted. But, and maybe this is where you think its "perverted", but i still get sexual urges....imagine that? To me, it makes far more sense to seek out the services of a young lady who is professional, uses protection, is clean and is in a safe environment. I get what I want, she gets what she wants. I have no hang-ups and I'm not ashamed that I do what I do. Its people like yourself who try to turn into into a dirty shameful thing and push it underground where it becomes entangled with organized crime, violence, drugs etc. So in that sense, yes, I would certainly like to see it become less of a moral issue and one of common sense.

    The current method of treating prostitution makes about as much sense as how we treat drug addicts, as criminals. Remove the criminal trappings and the problem of drug addiction becomes that of a medical issue and the prisons lose half their population, AIDS transmission is reduced, deaths are reduced, public money is saved, etc. Remove the criminal trappings of prostitution and you do what much of northern europe has done, brought it out in the open thereby reducing STD's, organized crime and a host of other social malady's that comes along with illegal prostitution.

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