Please read those last couple sentences again, they are as important as they are scary. Reliable sources tell me because, of course, I have no firsthand knowledge of this that the Personals section was rarely Primarily by women seeking "donations" for a half-hour of their time I'm not exactly sure what the extra 28 minutes is for.
Given Congress's approval of this bill, Craigslist chose to quickly delete its entire Personals section. Was this what Congress wanted and expected? Probably not though who knows what in hell they're thinking up there down there? There may well be other unintended consequences with this measure. Imagine owning any website where the public is allowed to post. How confident would you now feel that absolutely none of your users were using your platform for this sort of illegal activity?
Could sites like Facebook, Match. Could Craigslist still be charged because a sex worker uses their site to sell their talents under the Skilled Trade, Barter or Activities sections? Will sex workers be forced out onto the street both dangerous for them and unattractive for their communities? Will low-income men and women be forced deeper into poverty? And what about all the vice cops that used Craigslist to attract and arrest johns and pros alike? And how will they conduct stings going forward?
We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day. Bob has been buying and selling online for almost 20 years. Some experts claim that his limited budget was the major cause of the dot-com crash.
He denies the charge. Login is required to post comments. If you have not yet signed up for AB Verify, or if you'd like more information, go to the Registration Page. The law also encourages civil suits aimed at these so-considered virtual-pimps. This new law is aimed at sex trafficking, though the definition of this is highly debatable. This is the notice that Craigslist posted about this issue: Certainly gonna hurt a segment of the underground economy until they get themselves reorganized and find a new home.
Thu Mar 29 The courts will have to sort all this out, but Craig's List was smart to eliminate Personals until there is clear definition. What about all those 4 am toll free number TV commercials that also have websites? Makes me wonder if Las Vegas is envious of that Back East situation. D I think Craigslist is just covering their ass.
I use Craigslist all the time, but I never go their personals section. Sketchy stuff going on there This is both good and bad. The bad is that the government is completely over reaching. While I would never ever ever consider hiring the services of a prostitute I still feel the government has no right to interfere the a decision made by two consenting adults. Paying a hooker might be a bit more direct but probably no different then someone taking someone out to a high dollar restaurant and having "expectations" for later.
These are some seriously bad people that was taken off the streets. Forcing prostitution back underground may make it much harder to save victims and arrest the serious offenders.
The good is pretty self explanatory because it will probably curb transfer of STDs and STIs and the soccer moms and religious nuts can pat themselves on the back for a job well done spreading their version of morality. All in all though they will just move to another venue or message boards. Or end up advertising on the dark web or something. The will is strong so they will find a way.
I got all my Big Y love story reading from there! Fri Mar 30 CL wasn't very popular in my area for dating. But if you're interested, read on for the story of my seven days on Craigslist's Casual Encounters — my failures, near misses, discoveries, insights and successes.
Following that, I interviewed two women to learn how they used the site successfully for their own fulfillment. Each day I tried a different approach to see what would be most effective, though I never lied or posted fake photographs. One day my message was intended to be sweet and normal; I suggested starting with drinks and fun conversation to see if we had chemistry, then going back to my place to cuddle on the couch with a movie and see where that led.
Another day, I described it as a rebound. In yet another, I explicitly detailed sexual activities and used very aggressive language. Ultimately, only the "sweet and normal" was successful, even though very few posts by women had that same tone more on that later.
I received about a half-dozen responses each day. Most were scams, some were men, some were prostitutes, and just one was legit. All the responses I got from real people on my first day weren't from women — they were from men. I made it very clear in my post that I was only interested in women, but a large number of men chose to ignore that.
They all offered oral sex. I responded to them politely, saying, "Just interested in women, but thanks for the offer! Have a good one. I began to suspect that no women actually used the site. The stereotype is that women are interested in relationships, and that only men would be interested in totally casual sex, right?
We know that's not true, though. In fact, I was inspired to write this article when a friend told me many of her female friends had owned up to using it. Over the next couple of days, I actually received a lot of posts from women. Or at least, they said they were women. To be honest, I doubted the veracity of the claims. It didn't take long to realize that almost all the replies I received were scams. The situation is so severe on Craigslist Casual Encounters that posts by real women who are actually seeking hook-ups are often flagged for removal at the slightest cause for suspicion.
The most common scams are "safe dating" websites. An alleged woman will write a man saying she's interested, but that because of the Craigslist-based serial killers and rapists in the news, she needs some extra assurance that it's safe. If you follow the link she provides, the website asks you for your credit card number — y'know, so it can do a background check to make sure you're not a criminal.
One individual tried to get me to buy him or her virtual currency in online games like MapleStory before agreeing to hand over contact information. Yeah, right — moving on! What little luck I'd had so far. The week was half over and I hadn't had a single bite.
I decided I would have to take the initiative, so in addition to posting my own ads, I started responding to every ad from any woman who seemed at all interesting.
I cast a wide net in my searches, looking up posts by straight or bisexual women between the ages of 18 and 35 who lived anywhere in Chicagoland — a large metropolitan area that's home to close to five million females.
Most of the women wanted something very specific they couldn't find in their normal lives: Someone to help play out a particular fantasy, someone vastly older than them or someone of another race.
Very few of the women who were advertising seemed to be looking for anything I would consider a "normal encounter. I typically wrote two or three paragraph replies and matched the tone of their own messages, then attached a couple of tasteful photos of myself.
I didn't get a single reply from an actual prospect this way. It turned out that most of the ads were fakes from scammers, and quite a few fell into another category all together. Prostitution is what made Craigslist controversial. There's technically another section for that — "Adult Services," formerly "Erotic Services" — but that's not the only place you'll find practitioners of the world's oldest profession. The prostitutes of Craigslist speak in code, but it's not a difficult one to learn.
They advertise "French lessons" — an odd thing to advertise under "Casual Encounters," don't you think? Well, it's obviously a euphemism for something else. Many of the ads that weren't from scammers were from prostitutes. The ads are so obvious that it's surprising the euphemisms are effective in fending off law enforcement.
Then again, maybe they are law enforcement. Amidst all those failures, I had one near-success. A woman wrote in response to my sweet "cuddling first" ad saying she was in town for only a couple of months, and that she was frustrated she couldn't find a relationship.
When she sent her pictures, she looked plain but attractive. We exchanged a couple of e-mails over the course of two hours, tossing back and forth lists of interests and the like. She made it clear that she wanted to meet up, and while she talked about starting slow, it was clear that it would indeed be a casual encounter. But when I suggested a time to meet — the last message from me before I would reveal myself and back out — there was no reply.
At least, not yet. The next day, she e-mailed me saying she was deeply apologetic and that she'd fallen asleep. She said she'd like to meet up sometime. So yes, there are women on Craigslist. Well, at least one!..