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: In the end, the change's lack of real impact suggests that the legal posturing over Craigslist and prostitution is more about PR and less about actually reducing prostitution or keeping anyone safe. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster recently pointed out that the site has been working hard to come to an agreeable solution with law enforcement while other sites have been running willy nilly with their obvious prostitution ads, yet almost percent of the legal threats have been towards Craigslist alone.
Using the internet to buy and sell sex just got a lot harder after the federal government shut down classified ads website Backpage. Some celebrate this development as a win against child trafficking and sex trafficking. But how is the community of consenting sex workers feeling in light of this shutdown? The most marginalized of us are going to die. Trans people, people of color, poorer people are going to die.
Critics say that traffickers used the Backpage. On Friday, the federal government shut down Backpage. While this move is meant to protect people from being sexually exploited, some sex workers fear that it will only drive the business into the shadows, or take away a source of income that some desperately need. The organizers of the Women's March on Washington expressed dismay over the shutdown as well, tweeting that "sex workers rights are women's rights.
The shutting down of Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now. Dulcinea Pitagora , a therapist who estimates that 20 percent of her clients are sex workers, is worried for her patients....