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)
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(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?