Jacksonville Prostitutes Flood Craigslist
CNN is reporting today that Craigslist, the popular online classifieds site, will replace its controversial "erotic services" listings with a section where ads are individually checked by Craigslist employees before they are posted.
It seems that the so-called "erotic services" area was being used for postings about prostitution and other questionable behavior. Considering the name of the category, that hardly seems like a surprise.
A task force of Attorney Generals from around the country have been putting pressure on Craigslist to deal with these ads for some time.
"As head of the multistate attorney general task force, I was informed by Craigslist late last night that it will eliminate the 'erotic services' section within seven days, create a new section called 'adult services,' and manually review every ad posted there to bar flagrant prostitution and pornography," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said.
A quick look at the local Craigslist site turned up Jacksonville's erotic listings. WARNING: The link takes you to Craigslist's erotic services page for Jacksonville. This content may not be suitable for work.
Some examples of the posts include topics like...
- TAMPA'S OWN EBONY GODDESS IS FINALLY HERE TO PLEASE YOU~ - w4m - 19 - (duval road/exit 363b) pic
- THE AUTHENTIC BLONDE PLAYMATE - w4m - (JAX/SOUTHSIDE) pic
- IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS YOUR ASIAN TREAT - w4m - 19 - (Coast line drive) pic
- 2 Girlz For Erotic Fun Rubz - w4m - 19 - (Incall - OP - 200-6461) pic
- ♥✿Hot MILF 4 Mothers Day✿♥ - w4m - 37 - (St. Augustine Beach✿♥) pic
To help disguise their activity, prostitutes and escort services posting on the site use code words. One girl who is located at "Butler and Phillips Hwy" and calls herself "Sweet Chocolate Kelly" is promoting her "body rub" services. Her rates are "100 LLOLLIPOPS" for a half hour, or 200 for a full hour.
Most include pictures, though some blur their faces. Many of the photos contain visible or implied nudity.
Almost all contain some version of the following disclaimer: "DONATIONS EXCHANGED IN LEGAL SERVICES SUCH AS ( MODELING & ENTERTAINMENT ) ARE FOR TIME AND COMPANIONSHIP. ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY OCCUR ARE BETWEEN 2 OR MORE CONSENTING ADULTS OF LEGAL AGE. THIS IS NOT AN OFFER FOR PR0STITUTI0N"
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has occassionally setup high profile stings on these types of Internet classified sites, usually leading to dozens of arrests. While such stings probably help to discourage people from using Craigslist to find sex, the sheer volume of postings that can be seen on the site today alone would totally overwhelm law enforcement.
Some critics of the government's actions have argued that Craigslist and other similar sites help to keep prostitutes off the streets and reduce street-level crime.
In the statement it released announcing the deal to shut down their erotic services page, Craigslist noted that ads on the Internet classifieds site result in "far lower rates of violent crime than print classifieds, let alone rates of violent crime pertaining to American society as a whole."
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should Craigslist have been forced to shut down these ads or will the "escorts" adapt and lead to an increase in street prostitution and related crime?
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