Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined with other state Attorneys General in calling for craigslist to shut down the adult services section. You would think I would be happy about that and I am sort of but I think Coakley is just doing this for political gain.
While Philip Markoff’s suicide is still fresh in the news, especially in Boston, Ms. Coakley has gone on the offense against craigslist.
“Craigslist . . . continues to facilitate everyday prostitution and even human trafficking of men, women and children,” Coakley told the Herald. “Craigslist makes a significant profit from these postings and has refused to monitor the advertisements posted in this section. In the interest of public safety, Craigslist should immediately take down the adult services section of their Web site.”
Except previously Ms. Coakley had let craigslist alone while other state Attorneys General went after them. I think Ms. Coakley is using craigslist as a stepping stone to the US Senate since she previously lost a Senate election to fill the seat of the late Ted Kennedy.
In my opinion the only politician that actually cares about the human trafficking on craigslist is U.S. Representative Jackie Speier. She represents the district in California that contains San Francisco where not only is craigslist insanely popular but where prostitution is almost encouraged. She’s actually going against the grain of most of her voters.
Politicians aside craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster had his usual crap to spew about shutting down adult services…
“To do so would be a giant step backward for everyone concerned,” Buckmaster said in an e-mail exchange. “Not to mention the mayhem that would ensue from declassifying these ads back into our other categories, and off to other sites that could care less about best practices, or cooperating with law enforcement.”
What categories would the ads go to, Free Puppies? And as for cooperating with law enforcement most law enforcement claim that is a joke. As far as best practices go why isn’t shutting down the adult services section a best practice. That’s because it wouldn’t be a best practice for craigslist because they would be out of $30 Million.