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Selling Sex Online Can Benefit Prostitutes and Police

Craigslist is like a brothel, only safer. Yesterday, Slate gave a rundown of how the online classified site's recent decision to close down its erotic services section hurts both prostitutes and police.

Here are some key arguments in favor of facilitating the sale of sex online:

  • Unlike brothels, Craigslist voluntarily provides client records to police. The records helped apprehend Phillip Markoff, the so-called Craigslist Killer.
  • A high-trafficked destination for sex sales makes it easier for law enforcers to target their policing.
  • Thanks to Craigslist, prostitutes could work for themselves without having to rely on a pimp or an agency.
  • Selling sex online means fewer prostitutes selling their services on the streets.

Since there will always be a market for the oldest profession, do you think regulating the sale of sex online sounds like the safest option?


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pawanrana4321 pawanrana4321 8 years
sex movies
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
People are going to do it anyway. I think they should legalize, tax and regulate it!
janneth janneth 8 years
Legalize it? Huh?
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
Why is it illegal in the first place again?
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Gotta agree with sloane220 and the others.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
It's sex -- sex shouldn't be illegal. I mean, no, it's not viewed as kosher in our society to offer sex in exchange for money, but it could be a lot worse.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Legalize it!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
took the words out of my mouth, sloane! (or, letters from off my keyboard... whatever :) ) be like Amsterdam
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i'm tired of prostitution being illegal anyway. it should be legalized, taxed, and regulated, so that people can be accounted for, made sure to be of age and consenting, and tested for stds.
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