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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Because It's Safer to be a Hooker on the Corner

Rhode Island AG Blasts Craigslist

WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch took aim at Craigslist today after announcing that his office was seeking charges against Philip Markoff for allegedly attacking a third woman he met through the classified ad website.
Philip Markoff has been in the news as the clean-cut college kid charged with murdering an alleged prostitute that he met via Craigslist. Patrick Lynch is one of the 40 AGs from around the country that came together to bully Craigslist into doing things like requiring credit card information for ads posted in the Erotic Services section, and increasing cooperation with law enforcement.

The effect of all this, and of any future restrictions, is to make it more difficult to use what may be the safest avenue for selling sex in a society that has decided to criminalize the act.

Patrick Lynch thinks Craigslist is dangerous for these women? Wait until he forces them out onto the streets. Take Baltimore for example. At least 5 prostitutes strangled in '08 (the linked article says 4, but there was another body found shortly after that Examiner piece), and a total of 9 unopened cases of strangled prostitutes in the city since '03.

I'm not an expert on the mechanics of killing hookers -- but I'm guessing it's a lot harder to do it when the prostitute can pre-screen potential clients via the internet, control the meeting place and time and let someone know where exactly they will be -- AND -- perhaps most importantly, control their own business more effectively as a one-woman show, instead of dealing with some pimp or gang who controls the street corner where she works. It's all obvious of course, but when you are grandstanding for political points, as is the case of these Attorney Generals, facts and the safety of hookers doesn't matter much.

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