As predicted, the shuttering of Craigslist 's "Adult Services" section has triggered a migration of the for prostitutes that used to be displayed there to other sites, including Village Voice Media 's Back. The move, demanded by anti-human trafficking groups, actually hurts the cause they're pursuing because unlike CL, Back and sites like it such as AdultSearch owned by Las Vegas-based ADT Media don't cooperate with law enforcement the way CL used to.
Children are definitely being traded for sex on Back ; this man was convicted of doing so in Twin Cities, Minn. VVM was also sued in civil court by a former child prostitute who claims she was traded by her pimp on Back.
CL's director of law enforcement relations William Clinton Powell told Congress that the company cooperated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to screen calls for child prostitutes, manually reviewed suspiciousand provided law enforcement hotlines next to its. Powell said :. Those who formerly posted adult services on Craigslist will now advertise at countless other venues.
It is our sincere hope that law enforcement and advocacy groups will find helpful partners there.
Given that the cure is worse than the disease, is there a business solution? Yes, but Congress won't like it: Legalize the sale of sex on the internet, and allow law enforcement to tax, monitor and control it.
If you put aside your personal morals and approach this from a problem-solving perspective, i. The web has done for sex work what it's done for everything else by making it easier and safer girls no longer need to walk the streetsmore aggregated, searchable and trackable.
If advertising paid sex online were legal and monitored -- and it remained illegal to sell sex offline -- then almost the entire trade would end up on sites like CL, Back and AdultSearch. Hookers could ditch their abusive pimps or have somewhere to report them, safe in the knowledge that their online were legal.
And police would have an easy way to sift through suspects looking for minors and coerced women. Please enter address to continue. Please enter valid address to continue.
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