March 6, 2009

Biggest Pimplist

"In the past two years, Dart's department has made more than 200 arrests linked to the website on charges that include juvenile pimping, human trafficking and endangerment of a child.

The people arrested have ranged from heroin addicts to suburban soccer mums, a former reality TV star and teenagers as young as 14 years old."

That would be globally notorious web site Graiglist, against whom one US police department has become really pissed off, now asking a federal judge to order the site to abolish the Erotic Services section. They also want Graiglist to pay for the police time spent rounding up pimps and prostitutes who advertise their wares on the site.

A Craigslist spokeswoman said:

"Misuse of Craigslist to facilitate criminal activity is unacceptable, and we continue to work diligently to prevent it"

Misuse of the site is exceptionally rare compared to how much the site is used for legal purposes."

Ah, well that's OK then!

As you were.

"In November, Craigslist said it would charge a small fee and require credit card verification for postings in the Erotic Services section and all revenue from the ads would be donated to charity."

Ah, well off the hook entirely then, free pass!

As you were.

"An FBI investigation found last year that more than 2800 child prostitution ads had been posted on Craigslist and a recent nationwide sweep for child trafficking and prostitution netted hundreds of arrests, he added."

Even with the Interwebs there is a moral business line. Craiglist are obviously struggling to identify that line.

CraigList named Americas biggest pimp


  1. Anonymous3:22 PM

    On the other hand they've arrested 200 people they otherwise might not have.

  2. I suppose that's a nicely optimistic way to look at it Anon, but it's only a short step from there to actually condoning the sex trade. (Hey, if they're out in the open at least we know who they are!)

    Interesting, but vexed point!