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Saturday, September 09, 2006


Just read this story about prostitutes who were advertising on craigslist getting busted.  No kidding.  If you’re going to post an ad for illegal activity in a public forum, well, there are consequences.  I suppose it's one thing to break the law, and another to flaunt breaking it. 

Posted by Miriam Cherry on September 9, 2006 at 07:36 PM in Criminal Law | Permalink


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Many apologies for any implication of advanced age...I'm dating someone a few years younger than me and am using it as an excuse to pretend that I'm much younger than I am.

In any case, I think you're right about the differences in type and amount of flaunting with prostitution and illegal drugs. However, illegal drugs carry much less stigma - at least from my own observation - than prostitution. Even among our generation. Perhaps the lack of public flaunting (a la Craigslist) is due to the much harsher penalties associated with selling drugs instead of bodies?

In my mind, what this really points to is that our laws have exceeded our norms to the point of being a joke. But that might just be the libertarian in me talking.

Posted by: Bev | Sep 11, 2006 11:41:30 PM

I'm not quite old enough to be a different generation... ;) I come at the question from a feminist perspective - and I could say a lot more about that... but in any event...

I don't think we see the same type - or perhaps amount - of flaunting in relation to illegal drugs.

Posted by: Miriam Cherry | Sep 11, 2006 10:37:17 PM

I seem to recall that last year in Ethan's class, when we were discussing meretricious sexual services in contracts, he asked how many of us thought that prostitution should be legal. The vast majority of the class raised their hands. So perhaps the "flaunting" might be explained by different norms in my generation.

Posted by: Bev | Sep 11, 2006 8:27:34 PM

Ya'll seem to have more than a passing familiarity with this subject! ;) I've wondered about these instances too. You'd think it would be such easy pickings for law enforcement that people would be discouraged from placing such ads.... Perhpas it is just that resources are stretched too thin?

Posted by: Miriam Cherry | Sep 11, 2006 2:10:49 AM

Or "escort services" in the yellow pages of every large city in the country?

Posted by: Anon | Sep 10, 2006 11:56:23 PM

Is this that much different from the adds for "private Massages at your apartment" that are in the back of pretty much every alternative weekly paper in a city of any size?

Posted by: Matt | Sep 9, 2006 11:54:02 PM

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