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. That hasn't stopped Maureen and other providers from posting, though. For those who don't want to play by the rules, a spin into Casual Encounters a part of the site for boring old plebes like you and me to hook up shows that other prostitutes have merely moved their offers for "french lessons" and the like to the free, unmoderated part of the site.
Let's put it this way: 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.
We would know which ones were new, which were local. Pimps will face higher charges on other websites. Regardless of the recent developments, officials agree there will always be a way to find sex for sale, but censorship can at least slow down the process, Duffield said.
List of states whose attorneys general signed a letter requesting Craigslist..