Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Craigslist Can't Stop Sex for Sale

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Craigslist Can't Stop Sex for Sale

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Byline: SIMON FIRTH LETTER FROM SILICON VALLEY

CRAIGSLIST is in trouble again over sex. Last week, Sheriff Thomas J Dart of Cook County, Illinois, sued the site for knowingly promoting and facilitating prostitution, and demanded that it remove its "erotic services" section.

There's history here. Just as most Americans love to use Craigslist to sell their old furniture and golf clubs, so the nation's prostitutes have found it a cheap, convenient and anonymous place to advertise for clients.

When Craigslist started 14 years ago, it served the liberal Bay Area. No one much minded that it carried ads for (perfectly legal) masseurs, escorts and exotic dancers. And few cared if some of those ads crossed the line into the illegitimate.

But the site is now ubiquitous, serving cities and suburbs in far more conservative parts of the nation. At the same time, it has offered sex workers a way to turn up in those cities, find work quickly and then leave before local law enforcement can nab them. …

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