A San Francisco sex worker says Craigslist is vital to her industry.
Cook County says Craigslist's erotic services section is a nuisance to the community. Update 7 p. You can read the story here. Catherine is a year-old sex worker in San Francisco who relies on Craigslist to reduce the physical risks often faced by a woman in her line of work. It is also why Chicago Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Thursday sued the popular Internet classified service, accusing Craigslist of being one of the largest sources of prostitution in the country.
In an interview with CNET News, Dart said that the kind of sex services being advertised on Craigslist frequently involves minors as well as people forced into prostitution against their will. The federal lawsuit filed by Dart's office claims that Craigslist's erotic section is a powerful marketing tool for pimps and prostitutes and makes it easier for criminals to elude police.
Our people on the street have seen the volume increase. It's become much more complicated for us. We can debate the whole 'Pretty Woman' thing.
If a woman decides that this is a viable choice for employment, but that isn't the ones we're focused on. He detailed how women were performing sex acts while their children were unattended in the next room. Dart described the many juveniles arrested when police followed up on suspicious Craigslist. We walk in to hear: 'You want a juvenile? We got a juvenile. You'll have to pay more but we have her for you. At the same time, however, this is a story that underscores how one of the world's newest technologies has become a vital part of one of the world's oldest occupations.
For the majority of Craigslist users--the millions who sell sofas, rent rooms, or find Spanish tutors every day--a steamy online brothel juxtaposed with Craigslist's plain-wrap classified s may seem unlikely.
But with the emergence of the Internet as a vital communications medium, it was only a matter of time before sex for hire infiltrated the listings on Craigslist as well. A Craigslist sex Walker spokeswoman said Thursday that criminal acts are rare at the site compared with the overwhelming amount of legal activity. She added that Craigslist helps law enforcement track down criminals every day.
In response to the sheriff's lawsuit, Craigslist can claim to be immune from liability thanks to Section of the Communications Decency Act. She asked to be identified in the article as "Catherine," after the actress, Catherine Deneuve, who played the role of a young housewife moonlighting as a prostitute in the film "Belle de Jour. Taking issue with Dart's portrayal, Catherine argued that Craigslist provided a safety net for her and other sex workers who use the service to screen out prospective clients who may be violent.
Craigslist and the Internet give her a chance to communicate with a client to weed out those she senses may not be acceptable. If access to Craigslist's bulletin board listings was shut off, Catherine says that many sex workers would be walking the streets. Craigslist and the police Over the years, police have found that Craigslist's erotic services can actually be useful when pursuing criminal investigations.
A article in the New York Times reported that a covert police ad on Craigslist in November by Seattle police led to the arrests of 71 men, including a bank officer, a construction worker and a surgeon. Police in Jacksonville, Fla. An ad he posted from a woman named "Summer" drew a response from a year-old man named Christopher Scarberry, who used the e-mail address wolfnursehunter yahoo.
Even after learning that "Summer" was 13 years old, he agreed to meet her at a parking garage and said he would be driving a white Chevrolet Corsica. He admitted to responding to the ad, but during the subsequent trial objected to the detective's claim that the encounter clearly involved sex for money. He was sentenced to probation and was required to register as a sex offender.
Conners nabbed another respondent the same month. I'd love to know what's up. Want to fill me in on the details.
I'm off work all day and need to get into something special, might that be you. Hit me up. Harris was convicted of one felony count of attempting to commit a lewd and lascivious act on under He asked "what it'll cost for the cutest white 14 year old girl with a pony tail in the whole 8 grade. He did continue to chat online with an undercover FBI agent posing as year-old "Julie," and was eventually arrested, convicted of using a computer to entice a minor into having sex, and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
The woman, Sandra Kole, and her pimp, Robert Pimental, were arrested. Pimental was sentenced to three years in prison for pimping.
A Craiglist investigation by the San Francisco Police Department zeroed in on advertisements for a year old woman named "Stacy. As ly reported by CNET News, police began closely monitoring Craiglist's casual encounters section for evidence of human trafficking during the Republican and Democratic conventions.
Neither the police nor advocacy groups interested in the topic found any evidence of human trafficking--meaning the involvement of people under 18 years old, or situations involving coercion--at either event. Nor was there evidence of additional prostitution, at least measured by the of arrests. Craigslist has pledged to implement new measures deed to discourage people from using the site's erotic services section for prostitution.
The privately held company responded in November to complaints from state attorneys general that the site's administrators were allowing users to post for prostitution in violation of its own terms of service. Craigslist managers said they would adopt new measures, such as requiring anyone who posted an ad in the exotic services section to provide a valid credit card and phone .
The idea is that anyone planning to break the law will be reluctant to identify themselves. Dart said he might have filed suit earlier against Craigslist but was waiting to see what impact the preventive measures had.
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