Yesterday at 5pm Craigslist entered the profiting from prostitution business. As part of an agreement with a coalition of 40 attorney generals across the nation they begin charging for ads in their erotic services section.
lets break this down.. in order to cut down on illegal ads they decided to charge for such ads, to the tune of 5 bucks per ad. CL has required a phone number to place in ad in erotic services for months now and has clearly stated their TOS and they they WILL comply with a subpoena and provide an ad posters information to law enforcements when presented with one. That’s all old news CL has ALWAYS complied with law enforcement.
So whats the difference here?… charging for ads, and collecting your credit card info. They state that if you violate their TOS in posting an ad that you will be ineligible for a refund if your ad gets removed. And if presented with a subpoena you’re CC info will be handed over.
I did a quick scan in Los Angeles, and found in less then 24 hours there were approximately 400 erotic services ads. Do the math at 5 bucks a pop were talking 2k in less then 24 hours in LA alone.
I don’t get the logic here, they think when you have to PAY for an ad that you will then no longer advertise? Have they not noticed the many mall sites where people advertise escort services and pay for such ads? like Eros, City vibe, etc? Or is the goal really to make as much cash as possible while making it prohibitive to any real independent sex workers to advertise therefore making it only available to large agencies and AMP’s (they largest violator of trafficking) who can afford to flood the board with ad after ad of rip offs, scams and in-servitude providers. Hardly looking out for the craigslist end user or solving the trafficking problem they claim to care so much about.
When i looked over last nights ads i saw a disproportionate number of “agency” ads using stolen pictures of porn stars, and models. This morning its flooded with AMP, I also saw NO difference in the wording or direction of ads. Basically the only thing that had changed was the independent sex worker was locked out and the tone of the advertising was just as it was the day before, only craigslist pockets are a lot deeper this morning.
According to their own blog “The company intends to donate 100% of net revenue generated from these ads to charity, with net revenue to be verified by an external auditor.” The key word s here are “INTENDS” and “NET REVENUE” they will not be donating 100 % of all ad revenue but the NET revenue not the gross, so craigslist will be profiting from the collection of monies from escort advertising.
Which makes them the largest profiteer from prostitution in the U.S. of A. welcome to the game Craigslist. Only you’re the worst kinda player in the Ho game because you’re in denial about your role and position. You pretend you’re not a pimp all the while bitch slapping your advertisers like crack hos who need to get out on the street and get you your money.
Its clear Craiglist never spoke to anyone from the sex worker side nor do they really understand their OWN business. All the did was find a way to look like they were being tough on “crime” while really what they are doing is “Profiting” from it, in a very BIG way.
I saw news report after news report from yesterday to today on this story and the spin was “Craigslist is monitoring prostitution” or “prostitution crack down” Not one of them mentioned Craigslists making money off this deal. Maybe they Deal Craigslist really brokered with the collection of attorney generals was that crisgslist wouldn’t be prosecuted for pimping or pandering or profiting from the business of prostitution.
I wonder what your pimp name will be Craiglist.. maybe something with “Huggy” or “Silky” in it