In fact, the first lines of the report return to the supposedly resolved issue of sex ads on Craigslist: "Prostitution ads are back on Craigslist.
If they ever left in the first place." As the report explains, shortly after the adult section was shuttered, AIM reviewed the classified site and found that "there were few if any blatant ads for prostitution." But now, AIM has found that "ads that appear to be for paid sex work are posted regularly" on Craigslist.
Keeping these ads from popping up online is like trying to keep frogs in a bucket.
Asked to comment on whether this latest research poses a challenge to the effort to shut down Backpage's adult section, Peter M.
Now that the stigma has diminished, you know this industry is going to race ahead because there’s so much money to be made by whoever can be innovative.The way the current trend is heading, what will dating be like in 2030, and will that be a better or worse time to be on the dating market than 1995? I think the term “online dating” is part of the problem and makes people who don’t know much about it think it refers to people forming entire relationships online and only meeting in person much later.Simply considered as online meeting people, it makes a ton of sense.So in 2030, I think we’ll be somewhere very different, and I think today’s nine-year-olds will have really incredible ways of finding love when they’re 25.Activists calling for the site to shutter its adult classifieds section on the grounds that it promotes sex trafficking -- like New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof -- have seized on research from Advanced Interactive Media Group (AIM) showing that across a handful of sites carrying prostitution ads, 70 percent come from Backpage.I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.The first step in ending up with the right person is meeting the right person, and for something so important in our lives, we’ve had for doing it efficiently and intelligently.Zollman, founding principal of AIM, said, "Ads for prostitution are in hundreds or thousands of places online, and anyone looking for them can find them.Backpage and Craigslist are just two sites, and both have taken pretty aggressive steps to eliminate ads involving trafficking in children." The AIM report doesn't look specifically at the existence of trafficking ads, as opposed to general sex ads, but as anti-trafficking activists have told me, they see the two as inseparable.And for people who have no interest in serious dating and just want to find people to hook up with?Online is a much better way to accomplish that too.