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5 septembre 2010

“Adult services censored on Craigslist” not

Classé dans : Actualité, Médias, Société — Miklos @ 14:31

CNN reports today that Online classified service Craigslist’s decision to censor its adult services section could be a model for other websites”, according to Connecticut Attorney General. This “censorship” is quite far from absolute, though. As the article mentions, “for users who accessed the account outside the U.S., the erotic services link was still active”.

But they fail to mention a minor detail (contrarily to the BCC): this is not the case of any of the other worldwide Craigslist sites (there is one for many countries and also for important cities). So in the Paris section, one could read today an ad in perfect English whose opening line is: I am a sophisticated occasional escort who is living this lifestyle for the pleasure of meeting refined gentlemen”. For those refined gentlemen who might think the word “escort” refers here to “a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy” (according to the Merriam-Webster), she provides physical details about her “courtesan’s body” (it’s that kind of courtesy) for the person interested in “decadent sex”. Not explicit enough, Mr Craig?

As we’ve mentioned before, the so-called filtering mechanisms of Craigslist never prevented explicit ads about prostitution, drugs, illegal working or ID papers requests and the like. It may well be that they now heed the voice of the law in the US, but as in other illegal activities, it is so easy to delocalize them in a world where the arm of the law usually stops at the national borders. And that has already started: no wonder that some ads appearing in the Paris Craigslist website now mention US locations… Seek and ye shall find.

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