On Wed. May 13, Craigslist announced that it will shut down its erotic services section, marking the end of an era. With the negative publicity generated by the Craigslist Killer and a stampede of outraged attorney generals calling for its demise, Craigslist Erotic Services will be no more. This is a requiem. And a plea for a rational discourse about sex work. I know it seems strange to eulogize what was basically an online red light district, but in my experience there was a brief moment when Craigslist Erotic Services transformed both the meaning and the means of being a sex worker.
If Craigslist is your go to site for NSFW extracurricular activities, then listen up, because Craigslist just put you and your naughty behaviors on shout. Well, sort of. Starting today, the classifieds service, not immune to coming under fire for racier listings , has caved to pressure and will no longer allow new ads to be posted to its controversial erotic services section. In its place, Craigslist will erect a pricier and moderated option termed adult services funny, that sounds like the same thing to us. So what's the difference?
My Experience as a Craigslist Hooker: A Requiem for Cragislist Erotic Services
Craigslist may have officially shut down its Erotic Services section in favor of a less prostitution-friendly "Adult" area, but what prostitution did exist on the site is still alive and well. Not only that, but the changes may have made the world's oldest profession a little more dangerous for working girls, at least according to those who do business on the site. The Erotic Services section used to be rife with listings containing nude or semi-nude pics and explicit descriptions of the available services. 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.
She agreed to talk to me. But there were ground rules. I promised not to disclose exactly how much she charged.