Posted on September 7, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer


As the great Garth Brooks once crooned, "Well, it was bound to happen, and one night it did." 


The news most of you probably missed over the weekend, because you were busy with your families and BBQ's, was that Craig's List is no longer allowed to host the human trafficking industry under the guise of "adult services."  Well, that's not the way the headlines are reading. 


Actually, most of the web is pretty up-in-arms, spouting "first amendment" issues.  Some are even using the reasoning that making these services harder to obtain boosts the black market (I'm pretty sure these services already were on the black market, but whatever). I'm big fan of the first amendment, along with the rest of the U.S. Constitution.  Unlike some of my colleagues, however,  I'm not thoroughly convinced that pornography, and many of the sub-categories thereof are given a free pass under the Constitution - particulary when said pornography ends up victimizing hapless women from third-world countries, and children.


The Crag's List admin, rather than simply disallowing advertisement for adult "services," however has decided to stage their own protest, by marking the section as "censored." Apparently, however, some advertisers are already finding a way around the new policies.



Jennifer Pointer


Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.

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