Craigslist site is being used by many as a platform for prostitution. There are both pros and cons of promoting prostitution on Craigslist. Check them out here.
Craigslist is a popular classified advertising website where people can sell or buy just about anything - from furniture to cars. Besides some common categories like ‘jobs’ and ‘housing’, the site also features a controversial section called ‘Personal’ that allows users to post adult advertisements. In fact, this section is often used for prostitution. A lot of prostitutes advertise and sell themselves here. Although critics have charged Craigslist with facilitating child prostitution and human trafficking, Craigslist also offers some benefits by providing a platform for prostitution. A few pros and cons of Craigslist prostitution are given below. Have a look.
Believe it or not, there are women who happily choose to be prostitutes and make a living by selling sexual services. They find sex as an easy way to make some quick cash. For them, Craigslist has made the whole transactions fast, simple and discreet.
Craigslist provides a simple forum where these prostitutes can carry out their business with complete anonymity, that too from the safety and convenience of their own home. They can easily find and contact potential clients online without having to leave home or walk the streets.
By posting a free online advertisement on Craigslist, sex workers can escape from the clutches of violent pimps who regularly abuse them physically, psychologically and economically.
It has lowered the barriers to entry and exit into the sex industry.
Last but not least, Craigslist’s Personal section has made it easier for law enforcement and regulatory agencies to track illegal activities. Law enforcement can actually keep an eye on illicit activities online and help those who are being victimized.
Craigslist has long been accused for being a hub for child prostitution. In fact, in one instance, the FBI busted a sex ring involving child prostitutes on Craigslist where the pimps had posted more than 2800 advertisements!
Sex trafficking is rampant on Craigslist where girls are purchased for sex with the same ease and convenience as buying a piece of furniture.
A number of women and children are being forced into prostitution against their will.
Pimps and traffickers use Craigslit to exploit these women and children without any threat from the law.
Craigslist is equally dangerous for clients seeking sex as some criminals post fake ads on Craigslist and wait for people to answer them. A lot of people have been robbed and assaulted this way, but usually such crime goes unreported due to embarrassment felt by victims.
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