Join the Insider Chat. This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it. Recording Industry Persecution Complex Predictions by Mike Masnick Wed, Feb 9th Prostitutes Have Just Moved From Craigslist To Facebook from the big-help dept When Craigslist -- under a peer pressure campaign from grandstanding state attorneys general and some misguided activists groups -- shut down its adult services section, it wasn't difficult to predict that this would do little to nothing to actually slow down or prevent prostitution.
Instead, it would just drive those activities to other sites, and those sites might not work quite as closely with law enforcement as Craigslist did. In fact, we noted that Craigslist was a very useful tool for law enforcement to actually track down and crack prostitution rings.
Anyway, as expected, it appears that the activity hasn't gone away, it's just moved elsewhere. The report suggested that Facebook had already been growing as a tool for prostitutes, but the exodus from Craigslist may have just sped that whole process up a bit.
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The first two followers i get are prostitutes askin would i like to be a bit of a friend. My wife would go balmy Thank You. Anonymous Coward9 Feb The question won't be if they are on facebook prostitutes are people as but rather how facebook will handle their solicitations.
Well, first, AGs will whine with no legal basis until Facebook creates a special adult section. Then the AGs will whine with no legal basis until Facebook charges a premium to get access to the adult section.
Then the AGs will whine with no legal basis because Facebook is making money off of prostitution! The adult section will be shut down, the prostitutes will move somewhere else maybe Twitter is next? Liz9 Feb Kris B9 Feb 1: Kevin profile9 Feb All this did was move the "professional" to facebook. Your run of the mill tramp has been available for free on facebook for since it was created.
Scott Crawford profile9 Feb Jay profile9 Feb MartinidaGreat27 Jul Prostitution is already legal in the UK, it's just frowned upon like it has been for hundreds of John Doe9 Feb On Craigslist, law enforcement just had to monitor the adult services section in their area to keep tabs on what was going on.
Facebook is completely decentralized so it is going to make their job harder. Eugene profile9 Feb Well, honestly we won't know if this will make their job harder or easier. What we DO know is that these zero tolerance policies are going to make it impossible for law enforcement to figure that out either. The second they get a sense of how to handle Facebook-related prostitution, it's going to get grandstanded off the How to find prostitutes in my area. Which puts law enforcement right back at square one.
That's the real problem. I think the real problem is, they want it to go back underground. You know, out of sight, out of mind.
If it is on public websites, they have to acknowledge it and do something about it. So they aren't really worried about prostitution so much as they are worried they will have to do their job.
It is much easier and more profitable to be out giving traffic tickets than stopping actual crime. Brian Schroth profile9 Feb Ah yes, two people consensually doing something totally natural that harms no one is "real crime".