Sex workers are being advised to use the buddy system so that someone knows where they are.
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 | Updated 3:12 PM EDTBy Chris Glorioso
The investigation into a suspected serial killer who may have preyed on prostitutes, dumping their bodies near beaches on Long Island, has spawned new warnings for sex workers who advertise online.
Police have yet to identify all the victims, or even say whether the latest six sets of remains are linked to the first four found last December.
But the first four bodies were identified as young women who all posted sex ads on Craigslist. And that has advocates for sex workers making extra efforts to counsel the women on best practices to avoid violent clients. Continue reading
October 21st, 2009
Legal Analysis by Matt Zimmerman
Yesterday, a federal court tossed a lawsuit against craigslist over erotic advertisements. In March, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart alleged that craigslist was liable for the illegal ads posted by its users in its “erotic services” (now “adult services”) category. As craigslist argued in their motion for judgment on the pleadings, and as EFF and others pointed out at the time, Dart’s complaint had virtually no chance of success because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act plainly immunized Internet intermediaries like craigslist from civil liability for material posted by third parties. Continue reading
by Ginny Mies on June 29, 2006
After a few days of correspondence via email, Abigail* determined that it was safe to go out on a date with Phil, a businessman who described himself on his Craigslist ad as having “worldly tastes and gentlemanly manners,” as a man who was looking for a woman to spoil with his wealth. Armed with some mace and a cell phone, Abigail got into the limo he ordered to pick her up from her friend’s apartment in Brooklyn. The limo dropped her off at a restaurant in White Plains, about an hour north of New York City. Phil looked nothing like the “bronzed playboy” he described in his ad but more like a human frog—not that his appearance mattered to her. She wasn’t looking for a boyfriend. Continue reading
Patrons are now required to supply ID that matches their ‘gender presentation’
Brian Cox and Lisa Black
September 21, 2009
An Elk Grove Village gay bar popular with cross-dressers now requires them to show a valid photo ID that matches their “gender presentation.” Put another way, they now need a photo ID that shows them in drag.
Hunters Nightclub reluctantly imposed its new ID requirement because cross-dressing prostitutes were advertising on Craigslist and mentioning the establishment, said manager Peter Landorf.
“They’re implying they’re coming here,” said Landorf, whose new rule could cut down on his cross-dressing clientele. “If it is prostitution in any form, that could cost me my liquor license.” Continue reading