Craigslist 'Adult' Ads Cleaned Up, But No Less Erotic
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 5:17 PM CDT
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Sure, the ads in Craigslist’s new “Adult Services” section are tamer than those that appeared in the old “Erotic Services” category, shuttered after the firestorm surrounding the “Craigslist killer” case. But read between the lines and the meaning is still the same, Chris Matyszczyk writes for CNET. “This is little more than a dance, a dysfunctional Argentine tango between those who advertise sexual services on Craigslist and those who have sought to pursue the site.”

The demands by law enforcement and the concessions from the Web, are “all mere posturing,” Matyszczyk writes, “as people have learned how to communicate with each other online in ways that will successfully circumvent the law's arm length.” And the purveyors of pleasure are wise to that fact, and even a bit cheeky. After all, “what conclusions can one possibly reach" from an ad that guarantees to "mostly please" clients?

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Aug 10, 2009 11:42 AM CDT
Well you know that would be wise K-guy, but it ain't gonna happen. As for tax, every smart prostitute and gambler since Al Capone knows that the IRS doesn't care what the profession is as long as you state the income--legal or not. That's why strippers can deduct breast implants, not that stripping is illegal, but no one cares about the profession. My friend the bookie has been writing in 'bookie' for twenty years--as he says they don't care, they just want their cut. It's all the legal bookies like insurance companies that try and dodge every tax. Think about this: The Bank of Wachovia paid not a single penny of taxes in 2004--they got money back. And they still went down the drain. What's up with that?
Aug 10, 2009 11:02 AM CDT
perfectly stated, kokua
Aug 10, 2009 10:34 AM CDT
Legalize it / Regulate it / Tax it.