If Craigslist is your go to site for NSFW extracurricular activities, then listen up, because Craigslist just put you and your naughty behaviors on shout. Well, sort of.
Starting today, the classifieds service, not immune to coming under fire for racier listings, has caved to pressure and will no longer allow new ads to be posted to its controversial erotic services section. In its place, Craigslist will erect a pricier and moderated option termed adult services (funny, that sounds like the same thing to us).
So what’s the difference? Adult services listings will cost $10 per post, and go through a manual approval process. Also of note is that proceeds won’t necessarily go to charity, as was the case with erotic services ads of late.
In a quote from the LA Times piece on the story, Susan Best, a Craigslist spokeswoman, has this to say about how adult services is defined: “The typical definition (i.e. go look in your office yellow pages under escort and massage) sensual massage, escorts etc.”
We think today’s news is less of an actual change in policy by Craigslist, and more of a reactionary switch to avoid legal repercussions. Despite the fact that posts will be moderated and cost double the old fee (formerly $5), we don’t see those in the sex trade just calling it quits. In fact, what’s likely to happen is that ads will start to resemble those late night television ads we’ve all seen. So, they’ll abide by the guidelines set by Craigslist, but suggest something else. It’s just skirting the line really.