After much political pressure, Craigslist has removed its adult services section under the guise that this will somehow help in the fight against sex trafficking. It won’t. Just like most tactics politicians and law enforcement use to fight sex trafficking this is just another useless one. There will always be other sites and other avenues. In fact, there are many other sites used by the sex work industry (I’m not at all implying that trafficking and sex work are the same thing here, but they are often closely tied together).
We need real solutions to help men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking of every kind, but that includes focusing more on human rights and less on the seemingly easy solutions offered by politicians up for re-election. These human rights include focusing on the rights of children, women, and the impoverished in all countries as well as sex worker rights.
Check out these great articles for more info:
- Hypocritical Legal Crusade Against Craigslist Will Not Solve Violence Against Sex Trafficking Victims on AlterNet
- Craigslist, Sex Trafficking, & The Next Moral Panic on CarnalNation
- Craigslist: Future Thinking on Bound, Not Gagged
- Why The Craigslist Sex Crackdown Won’t Change Much on Jezebel