News Erotic Services Just Got More Expensive
posted by November 6 at 12:09 PMon
Posted by News Intern Aaron Pickus
Craigslist announced today that they will begin charging a fee for those who post ads in the “Erotic Services” section.
The Associated Press, in their story released today, has quotes from such heavyweights as Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
What about those who really matter? The ones most directly affected by this decision?
“Thatís crap,” says a w4m who claims to be of “Dark Brown Complexxxion.” She sounds irritated. “Well, I guess if they do they will start losing people. I donít feel like I should pay for something that I once had for free.”
Someone in our office seconds that argument.
Is this woman with a dark brown “complexxxion” alone in her frustration? I called up the number for an ad labeled: “FROM DUSK TO DAWN I GET MY F**CK ON - w4m (TACOMA).”
“Itís already bad enough that they got cops on there doing stings on girls. I wouldnít mind if they could guarantee that cops wouldnít use the site,” the erotic service provider/poet says. Her ad also claims that there will be “GUARANTEED SATISFACTION.” I couldn’t resist. How can my satisfaction be guaranteed when she doesn’t even know me?
“Cuz my shit’s good,” she claims.
Not satisfied, I looked for another service provider to call. “Looking For Excitement Call Me… - t4m - 27 (Tacoma)” caught my eye.
I asked the person who picked up the phone what they thought of Craigslist’s announcement to start charging a fee. First, they said, “no comment.” Then, perhaps also experiencing dissatisfaction, they continued, “Iím always going to use it. I donít care. I have money.”
Weary from all this reporting work, my eye fell upon one last ad: “RELAX WITH A REASONABLE RATE!! - m4m - 29 (Capitol Hill Area).”
I asked the erotic service provider about the new fee. “I think thatís kind of funny. I guess thatís cool. At the same time they will have to stop using the flagging system. In order to be totally fair, if you are going to be charged for it, it needs to be more protected.” He doesn’t know if he will continue to use the Craigslist site if a fee is required. “Itís not a steady line of work and there are too many hassles and issues.”