Posted by: joshjasper | February 13, 2009

Who is this Craig guy anyway, and what’s up with his list?

Yesterday’s newspaper had an article about a 4th grade teacher that had a side job of being a prostitute.  The woman was arrested in the parking lot of a motel in a small town in Ohio.  The article went on to state that this woman had advertised her services via a website called “Craigslist.”  This article got me thinking about the the prevalence of online sex solicitation and whether or not such a thing could happen here in our community.   My curiosity prompted me to check out Craigslist.  Within minutes I was able to find HUNDREDS of ads posted by both men and women soliciting sex for money.  Some ads even had graphic photos.

It seems to me that it would be fairly simply to apprehend these individuals that are so brazen to advertise their illegal services, in graphic detail, on a public website.  But, I suppose considering the sex industry rakes in nearly 14 billion dollars annually, it may be that the demand is difficult to control.  Keep in mind that 14 billion dollars is more than all of the professional sporting teams earned this past year in our country.

With such an incredible demand for sex solicitation, pornography, and the objectification of women, what does that say about our community, or society at large?  With anything so popular, it seems only fair to ask about the potential negative impact that it may have on the paying customer.  For example, in related news attached to that article, an exotic dancer in Los Angeles suffered horrific burns after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire outside of the bar where she worked. It is often cited that the moment a person is objectified, violence  is soon to follow.

In reading these types of articles, I often am left thinking “what can I do about this?”  After giving this some more thought, it might be a good start to simply not frequent this or other websites that allow these types of advertisement.  It’s a start anyway…


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