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December 19, News. The world's oldest profession has largely moved from the street corner to the Internet server, and local police have followed the cyber tracks closely. Several San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies have recently begun using the popular Internet classified service, Craigslist, to help to help set up prostitution stings on the Central Coast--and there may be more to come.
It seems that in the world of computer-ordered prostitution, everyone--hookers, cops, solicitors, and even journalists--uses someone. Usually, the holidays bring in big business, but not this past Thanksgiving. She said she was forced to temporarily relocate to Santa Barbara because her sex-for-money business was feeling the harsh repercussions of a local prostitution raid. From Nov. The crackdown began earlier this year after the SLO Police Department received multiple calls from people who claimed they were robbed after seeking a stripper found through the popular website.
Bill Proll. As a result, police posted fake on the website and rented a room at a local Motel 6. They also later responded to an ad that resulted in the arrest of a suspected prostitute. On the nights of the stings, an undercover officer would greet potential customers in the room alone while other detectives hid nearby.
Once a deal exchanging money for sex was made, officers would bust in and make the arrest. So what do Craigslist officials do to combat prostitution and other illegal actions--like selling stolen goods, delivering drugs, or facilitating the hiring of illegal immigrants--that potentially are posted on the site? According to a statement from Craigslist, the website has built an excellent reputation for responding to complaints of unlawful activity.
Still, though the Craigslist officials don't welcome illegal activity, the site may be facilitating it. Roxanne said that the website was essential in getting her involved with the sex trade industry. Roxanne said that she began using Craigslist in after a customer told her about the site, which currently reaches more than cities worldwide.
Now, more than two years later, business is exploding for Roxanne. She services an average of three men a day, five days a week. But, she said, dollar amounts are never discussed online, or in person. In fact, users have created their own vocabulary in an attempt to avoid police interference.
Prostitutes are referred to as "providers" and customers are called "hobbyists. Roxanne argued that prostitution--a misdemeanor--is a victimless crime and that police should be focusing on more serious offenses. That's something that puts people's lives and liberties at danger. Roxanne said that when various media run a story about a prostitution bust, the attention can scare off long-time customers.
Ultimately, however, it attracts even more new ones. Staff Writer Kai Beech is starting to wonder whether he's officially been used by a prostitute. He can be reached at kbeech newtimesslo. Speaking up: Local podcaster Chris Lambert shares his story and where his hit docuseries on Kristin Smart could take him next.
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