Has the takedown of Craigslist Adult Services hurt abused women?

We’ve already covered Craigslist shutting down the Adult Services section of their website after controversy that a murder victim met her alleged murderer through the section.

Now, Danah Boyd, writing for the Huffington Post, suggests that if the goal is to protect women, shutting down Craigslist Adult Services is counterproductive.

“Rather than helping those who are abused, it fundamentally helps pimps, human traffickers and others who profit off of abusing others.”

Her arguments are that Craigslist actually wants to work with law enforcement to catch true predators (rather than the grey-morality that is consensual prostitution) and that the visibility of the Internet helps bring the real problems of prostitution to light, motivating people to act in their communities. She also notes that law enforcement agencies can more easily track abusive pimps who advertise online rather than offline, and that shutting down adult services hides the problem from law enforcement rather than giving them the resources that they need to track down predators online.

Your thoughts?

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3 Responses to Has the takedown of Craigslist Adult Services hurt abused women?

  1. It happens. It's happened since forever ago. It's going to happen. I don't exactly agree with the services, but I don't think it should be illegal, or thrown underground. By removing it from Craig's List, people will find other ways to communicate. I agree that it will increase the difficulty of law enforcement to find the more serious crimes.

  2. Prostitution, the exchange of money for sex, between two (or more) consenting adults is a victimless crime. It should be legalized for the general safety of both workers and clients.

    • It shouldn't be legalized, that is if you ask me.
      Seems pointless, and it only contributes to lowering the value of our individual lives.
      I can see how some woman are trying to make money, but honestly, there are more productive and more effortless jobs that won't give you sexually-transfered diseases