Craigslist may have officially shut down its Erotic Services section in favor of a less prostitution-friendly "Adult" area, but what prostitution did exist on the site is still alive and well. Not only that, but the changes may have made the world's oldest profession a little more dangerous for working girls, at least according to those who do business on the site.
The Erotic Services section used to be rife with listings containing nude or semi-nude pics and explicit descriptions of the available services. To those who have ever seen it—or the back of practically any local magazine over the last several decades—it's obvious that these listings ultimately amount to the exchange of money for sexual gratification.
The new " adult " section link NSFW barely changes this. A quick browse through the adult section in the Chicago area shows that prostitution listings are still widely available, just with more vague, toned-down language and PG images. The ladies and men, when you can find them who post listings here are still trying to play by the new rules despite the illegality of their profession. We confirmed with one provider who calls herself Maureen that her "erotic massage" services listed in Adult is really just a code for a whole menu of sex acts.
Maureen has bigger things to worry about than Craigslist forcing her to change her wording, however. It has changed the type of clients from businessmen to back down to the blue collar worker that you can't really count on. The business will likely shift to other adult sites, perhaps based outside the United States. He cited one explicit ad that included the phrase: Getting such ads removed from other sites is the next goal, said Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, a group that has been involved in pressuring Craigslist to block adult services ads.
In May , postings at Backpage. When Craigslist removed its adult-services section, postings at Backpage spiked again. Senate candidate, said Tuesday that several state attorneys general sent a joint letter to Backpage and asked that it drop its adult services section. Backpage officials quickly responded and said it would not close the adult-services section.
In a blog posting, Backpage officials wrote that it would not drop the category because it had increased efforts, including working with law enforcement officials, to block ads promoting prostitution and child-trafficking. It is our sincere hope that law enforcement and advocacy groups will find helpful partners there.
John Duffield, who worked five years ago as a detective in the vice unit for the Ontario Police Department, said Craigslist was the most popular Internet site because, at the time, it was free.... I was going to say Backpage Seizure but that's just been shutdown. OLX, Quikr, Adoos and Locanto are also good if you want to go down the classified. Your source for All Things Erotic. Listings of female escorts, transsexuals, bdsm, massage and more in the USA, UK and Canada. Also see listings for bdsm. 27 May The new Adult Services section of craigslist is fully populated To those who have ever seen it—or the back of practically any local magazine.