TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Internet Prostitution: Women Use Craigslist to Meet 'Dates'

Internet Prostitution: Women Use Craigslist to Meet 'Dates'

Associated Press News Wire (
Sat, 09 Sep 2006 12:37:42 -0500

12 arrested for prostitution ads on Web

Police in Bucks County have charged 12 women after an investigation
into prostitutes who allegedly have been advertising on the Web site

After police received a tip in August about alleged prostitutes
advertising on the site, investigators called cell phone numbers in
local listings that advertised "GFEs" (girlfriend experiences)
asking for payment in "ro$e$" or "125 donations."

The undercover investigators agreed to meet the women at motels, and
almost all 12 were arrested within two minutes, he said.

Several of the women who were arrested had brought along their
boyfriends, and five men were arrested on drug charges, police said.

Similar sting operations have led to prostitution charges against women
in states including Maryland, New York, Oregon and New Hampshire.

Craigslist spokeswoman Sue MacTavish Best said the site cooperates
with law enforcement and has a flagging system that allows users to
bring prohibited content to the company's attention so it can be
removed. She insisted the purpose of Craigslist was not to promote
prostitution or anything else illegal.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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