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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    sexyladycougar, 8 Jun 2008 @ 10:36pm

    Re: prostitutes on CL

    Thanks for your business, Lucretious ;) Happy to be of service! I'm one of those "middle aged women"(51) but have only been escorting in my free time for 6 months. I'm having the time of my life! My motto: "Relax, it's just sex!" What I offer is exactly what you are looking for...a fun, physical/sexual release without the baggage or intensity a full time relationship requires. Sometimes that's what a guy needs. Hey, at $150 an hour, I cost less than a fancy night out on the town (and you may not get any anyway!) I'm a caring human being, intellegent, educated, fun to be with, and not a barfly. I have a real career, and I just happen to love the company of men. I get to know my guys, I am easy to talk to, I'm tender and passionate and know my subject (oh baby do I ever know my subject!) and I don't judge. It's a thrill to be considered sexy and desireable at my age! And of course it's a huge help to my budget. Win-win for them and me.

    I have no problem sharing my(pretty ordinary, sorta chubby by the way)body with the men who need me. Believe it or not, the feeling is mutual, and for some reason I have been very fortunate that I have only hooked up with sweet, considerate guys. They appreciate it so very much!

    I agree; CL is a much safer place for soliciting...I'm in the safety of my own home, not on the street (would never go there anyway so this is perfect)not taking drugs and not being pimped...I do my homework on my fellas, require references, and practice safer sex. In return, I get to be with gentlemen who are classy, generous, and appreciate a woman's company (and yes it's ALWAYS for more than sex! They love to talk and share a meal with a woman who gives them all of her attention). If CL went away, there are other networks for "hobbyists" to go through to find a good "provider", and for us to be sure we're not going out with creeps or axe murderers.

    Having said all that, I do not appreciate the vulgar, crass advertisements that the ladies post in my part of the world, and I flag them off as often as I have time. Nasty pics, hourly rates, "200 roses for gr33k", all blatantly offering sexual services for money. What, are they stupid?? Hello! CL is a goldmine for cops just the way it is. Set up a sting on those girls, they deserve to get caught. My ads are genteel and humorous; I offer warm, cozy companionship for the evening, and when I get an inquiry I can email him, or direct the gent to my escort website where he can be filled in on the details. That's not so hard to do, ladies!

    Do I want to be taxed and monitored? Hell, no! Neither do my guys. They've paid taxes on their money already and are spending it on a girl. Big deal. No way would I submit to a government program that tested or monitored me. None of their beeswax! I take good care of myself, my doctor knows I'm VERY sexually active and is my partner in my health care.

    Just a view from the other side of the fence, ladies and gents! (and Lucretious, look me up if you're ever in the Pacific Northwest!)

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