A few weeks ago, following the murder of a prostitute who had reportedly posted on Craigslist, the online classified site voluntarily removed its “Erotic Services” ads. Prior to that incident, Florida Rep. Rachel Burgin had proposed a bill to ban such ads from Craigslist and other newspapers and websites. The bill never made it to a vote, but the Hillsborough County Republican says she may introduce similar legislation next session. She sees the changes at Craigslist as a positive step.
However, the sudden change has caused concern among many of Broward County’s prostitutes. One prostitute, who spoke anonymously to a reporter from the New Times of Broward-Palm Beach, said she was able to make over $1,000 per day before Craigslist removed its “Erotic Service” section, and now barely earns $600 per week. Instead of advertising in the “Erotic Service” section, the Florida woman said she now uses the new “Adult Service” section to post a short ad with her face and phone number.
According to the woman, “Nobody at Craigslist is trying to protect the girls doing this. They’re just protecting themselves.”
Local Prostitute Talks About Craigslist Woes, BrowardPalmBeach.com, May 22, 2009
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