Craigslist has announced they are going to remove the hooker section.
I know this is a sad day for many of us, who will now have to get hookers the old fashioned way… driving downtown to the ghetto and picking one up off the street corner. Sure, that’s more dangerous and I’d dare say more likely to give you AIDS (street-walking hookers are rarely hygienic). It has the added excitement of being in public where you can be busted by the cops at any moment, so that’s a plus.
On the other hand, it’s probably going to drive both the price and the quality of hookers downward. Posting an ad on Craigslist almost feels… professional, whereas street walking is just seedy and gross. Granted, both are hookers, but again… the type of woman who will stand on the corner is probably a meth addicted, disease infested mess. At least they’re cheap, right?
I’m an advocate of legalizing prostitution. Not because I want to start hiring hookers, but because I think the government should butt out. All that outlawing vices ever accomplishes is it makes the vice much more expensive, much more dangerous, and makes it unable to generate tax revenue.
In Nevada where it is legal, there hasn’t been once case of a hooker giving someone a disease. Ever. That’s because the women are all tested meticulously, they’re in a safe environment, and they use proper precautions. In places where it’s illegal, every hooker can set her own standards of safety and precaution. Some of them are probably just as careful, but there are plenty who simply don’t care because of addiction or whatever.
Regulate and tax. That’s what a free society would do.
As for the Craigslist thing… as long as there are local rag newspapers like the Pitch Weekly, there will still be prostitution ads. Why target Craigslist?