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Craigslist Says It Will Show No Mo Ho’s

Craigslist has caved and censored its Adult Services ads, thus putting an end to prostitution for all time. Or something like that.

By (@tynanwrites)

September 4, 2010

Bowing to pressure from 17 state attorneys general, Craigslist has begun censoring its Adult Services ads. Visitors coming to any of the 400+ Craigslist sites will encounter a big black CENSORED tab where Adult Services used to be.

[UPDATE: That "censored" label, and the entire Adult Services section, have been permanently deleted. Sorry, Craigslist hooker fans.]

As we all know, the scourge of prostitution had been entirely eradicated from modern society before Craigslist came along. And now that Adult Service ads are banned, you can expect all those hard-working gals to pack up their condoms and lubricants and enroll in secretarial school.

Alas, we fear that  — despite the best intentions of 17 state attorneys general desperately trying to get re-elected — a ban on Adult Services won’t quite put an end to adult-oriented advertising on Craigslist.

Consider, for example, this ad placed two days ago for a rural North Carolina "small business" called House of Love.

Having perused photos of all the performers, we can assure you there’s nothing small about HOL. But if you like your lovin’ in big economy-sized containers, Look No Father:

Looks like the House of Love has spent a little too much time at the House of Pancakes.

But it’s not just chubs in scrubs. Looking for a transgendered male exotic dancer to liven up your NYC soirees? Just check under "creative services." Or maybe you’re an Los Angeleno tired of serving up pu-pu platters on the same boring old trays. Why not try this "skilled trade service":

SEXY HUMAN Platters (with food/ dessert served on models’ bodies), DANCERS (Strippers/ Go Go, Bikini, etc), Bartenders/ Servers, Promo Models/ Party Minglers, Adult games, etc – sexy outfits, shorts/ lingerie/ bikini, topless, FULL NUDE or FULLY dressed if you prefer

Of course, just because the words "exotic," "stripper," and "sex" appear in an ad does not make it any less wholesome than a box of Girl Scout cookies. Like this ad from the "event services" section of the San Francisco Craigslist:

My name is Abby & I have Playful Strippers & Exotic Dancers for any occasion!

WWW.YOURPARTYGIRLS.COM- call for website ( I can provide reviews on Yelp & more)

NOT an ESCORT or SEX service EVER!

I am a stripper & exotic dancer & do NOT provide extras.

Abby, we totally believe you. And when you’re busy not giving us a blowjob, we promise to not come in your mouth.

We’d like to extend a big eSarcasm thank you to the Attorney General offices of Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

We’d hate to see you wasting taxpayer money and limited resources fighting actual crimes.






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Comments

  • http://empoprise-bi.blogspot.com/ John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises)

    Dan, your story implies that Craigslist's removal of the Adult Services category didn't change anything. However, you have to look at it from the perspective of the 17 Attorneys General, and from their perspective, it's a vast improvement.

    Why? Because the 17 Attorneys General only read the Adult Services section in Craigslist. They didn't read the other parts.

    Actually, they didn't read the Adult Services section either. They just looked at the pictures.

  • Cartman0000

    “We’d hate to see you wasting taxpayer money and limited resources fighting actual crimes”

    washington himself couln'd have said it better

  • http://www.yourpartygirls.com Abby Darling

    Please take the time to do a little research before slandering someone next time. If you would have read my reviews and even glanced at my website you would indeed have seen that http://www.YourPartyGirls.com is indeed a stripping agency.

    You are part of the problem and not the solution Dan.

    • http://esarcasm.com dantynan

      darling abby:

      please keep your panties on. well, maybe in your case you shouldn't.

      though there is often a fine line between escorts and hookers (it's a line we try to trip over as often as possible), we do understand the difference. we were just having a little fun at your expense. someone in your line of work must surely have a sense of humor, given the weirdness you probably encounter on a regular basis. but we apologize if we offended.

      look at it this way. you just got two more plugs for your web site. and we didn't charge you $10 for either of them.

      peace,

      dt

  • Lena Rose

    You make an (obviously) valid point that it's silly CL is being strong-armed into censoring their adult ads as a way to cut back on sex trafficking/prostitution/escorting.

    Do some research before dramatizing and misrepresenting what is in fact a legit ad for a real business that does not provide escorting services (read Abby Darling's comment above and checked out her site). Strippers/exotic dancers regularly emphasize in advertisements & in person that they are not escorts because they repeatedly get solicited for extras.

    Sarcasm is for 12 year olds. Grow up and do some responsible journalism.

    • http://esarcasm.com dantynan

      lovely lena:

      we created eSarcasm specifically to avoid responsible journalism, which both JR and I do most every single day for other publishers. (though if you want to view a slightly more responsible POV on this topic, see http://www.dantynan.com/2010/09/09/craigslist-to-state-ags-censor-this-assholes/).

      if sarcasm really is only for 12 year olds, then we hope we never hit puberty.

      cheers,

      dt

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