Sex-trafficking opponents fight Craigslist’s ‘adult services’ ads

Posted on behalf of Maxine Doogan

To the Washington Post in response to this Article published | 08/07/2010
Sex-trafficking opponents fight Craigslist’s ‘adult services’ ads  <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080606376.html>

Washington Post would do better to concentrate on reporting instead of urging free speech oppression.

The Washington Post would do well to inform itself,  to catch up to  what the rest of us already know; that online classifieds like Craigslist have taken a huge chunk of revenue out of news papers like theirs and the SF Chronicle.  It’s clear to see that in reporting or in this case, repeating on Craigslist, your paper has motivation to not report facts.

Craigslist has taken the profit out of the print presses’  classified sections and that threatens yours sustainability.   Then media repeaters like CNN,  who have traditionally relied on your type of publications to come up with all the facts, have no ability to fill these kinds gaps since they’ve never had to do so before.  The best they can do is create media sensation out of themselves and then report on it http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20012671-501465.html and get you to repeat it.

The fact is that the press must have a whipping post and the adult industry has always been that, so now it’s Craigslist by extension.  The photos of women the obligatory in high heels…short skirts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/08/AR2010080801654.html Sex sells, even for your publication.

This leads me to question the credibility of  two girls’ stories featured in the paid ad San Francisco Chronicle.   http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/20/MN2K1DHDV9.DTL Upon pain of death they violated Craigslist’s terms of use http://www.craigslist.org/about/terms.of.use by saying they were of age and then again by posting for illegal services.  Then allowed their stories being cooped by the poverty pimps who’ve paid themselves how much to blame Craigslist, in a ½ page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle? A phone call got a quote of $16,000 for that ad.

And then repeating that paid piece of press is supposed to be an excuse upon which to oppress our free speech to force the rest of us adult advertisers out of work?

Media outlets like the Washington Post, as well as politicians already know that adult advertisers don’t cause child abuse, sexual assault or forced child labor.

Craigslist has come a long way in educating themselves and reaching out to community members, like no other classified ever has before, why not follow the new industry’s standard.

Repeating paid ads in the WP to urge politicians to violate everyone’s free speech  must be like signing a media outlet like your’s death warrant.  I want to see reporting on how these groups are funding their free speech.  Many of these groups get their funding through various US government agencies http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/fs/2009/121358.htm who have over estimated the actual http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-06-825
victims to justify over funding these anti trafficking groups.  I call on  Mr. Eric Holder investigate that and media outlets like the WP should too.

I urge all media outlets to stop sensationalizing sex by any means necessary and stop trying tos hold the wrong person(s) responsible harm because in the mean time,  somebody is getting away with a very violent crime.

Maxine Doogan
Erotic Service Providers Union
San Francisco California
8/11/10

3 Responses

  1. on the CL front
    Jim does a pretty good job….
    “Craigslist Adult Ads Under Fire
    Seventeen state attorneys general sent a letter to Craigslist last week, calling on the San Francisco-based classified ad website to shut down its “adult services” section over prostitution concerns. We take up the debate over the online ads.”

    http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201008310900

    and then his blog response to CNN

    http://blog.craigslist.org/2010/08/for-amber-lyon-cnn/

    Hilarious.. Can some of you word smiths come up with a comparable name for these faux human rights groups. I’ll give anyone who comes up with a good name for them that’s comparable to ‘the walmart of online sex trafficking’ a hundred bucks!
    “The walmart of sex trafficking”

  2. How about “anti-trafficking terrorists”?

    XX

  3. Neo faux sensitive abolitionists

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