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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    Mike4, 29 Mar 2008 @ 7:38am

    Re: Carlin said it best.

    I still don't understand why prostitution is illegal. Why is it illegal to sell something that is perfectly legal to give away for free? And it is certainly a win/win situation for both parties. The lawmakers should just legalize it and find a way to tax it, then they could fund 2 more wars just with the sex tax alone.

    Blame it on the Jews, right Jacob?

    I agree, Joe - it really should be legal (at least in more places than just NV and RI). Unfortunately, I don't see that ever happening since the people in power (I'm not referring to Jews, Jacob) consider it taboo and immoral. It's a shame because while I would probably never use the service, there are plenty of people (not just men) who just don't have the ability to have sex regularly - if ever. Whether they are ugly, obese, awkward, etc., I think they should be allowed to buy sex if they choose to.

    There is always a risk of disease being spread, but shouldn't that be my choice to make? What happened to the freedom that I (any many, many others) was told I was defending when I put on a uniform? I love my country, but it seems like more and more of our freedom is steadily being taken away.

    I've always disagreed with laws that protect us from ourselves.


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