That was my first thought this week when I saw the nationwide headlines that prosecutors in 40 states, including Maine, had ed an agreement with craigslist. If the company later is served with a subpoena it would turn over that information to the investigative police agency, thereby, I suppose making it easier for detectives to investigate online illegal sexual shenanigans.
Take, for example, here in Maine. The governor is threatening to slash budgets, including those of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maine State Police who are primarily responsible for investigating computer crimes.
I would suggest that such investigations are not actively occurring in any other cash-strapped state either. I talked to Sweets on the phone two months ago after getting the of her escort service off craigslist.
She runs an escort service in the Bangor area and advertises under the headline of erotic services. She simply hires out girls to perform exotic dancing in private settings.
Clearly, any prudent business owner is going to try to limit any new operating costs, including fees for exotic services advertising. Sweets has been running her service for a of years, she says. Human trafficking and child pornography rings are very, very real and they exist right here in this state.
Steps do need to be taken, even if they are as small as the one this week. But headlines that suggest that Craigslist sex are being reined in are misleading. Truth be told, neither police nor prosecutors have the time or resources to investigate run-of-the-mill prostitution businesses. Prosecutors suggesting that charging a fee to advertise under the category of erotic services is really going to hamper the efforts of those seeking to profit from pimping out children are either terribly naive or think that we are.
I support local news. The BDN has served Maine for over years.
Just where on the list of priorities do erotic services offered on Craigslist fall? The Internet makes it that much easier for those profiting from it.
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