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Chicagoans Sound Off on Tom Dart’s Craigslist Lawsuit

On March 5, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced that he was suing Craigslist to recoup the $100,000 he spent arresting prostitutes off the website in the past year in an effort to shut down the website’s “erotic services” section. Red Wednesday asks Chicagoans what they think of Dart’s lawsuit and if this is an effective way to stop prostitution and child sex trafficking.

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Posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 1:33 am and is filed under Craigslist, Prostitution, Sex Work. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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  1. 1 The Libertarian on August 27, 2009

    I agree that Mr. Dart’s initiative is a waste of tax-payer dollar. Furthermore, it’s a waste of tax-payer dollar to prosecute and incarcerate prostitutes and their “Johns.” Maybe it would be easier to legalize and regulate the World’s Oldest Profession in Cook County, then law enforcement would be able to differentiate child prostitution and human trafficking from otherwise consensual sex. Your organization should consider launching some sort of petition campaign to have the issue of legalized prostitution added to the ballot.

  2. 2 admin on August 28, 2009

    Most of us sex work activists don’t really advocate for legalized prostitution, but to have it decriminalized. We are getting word from very good sources here in Chicago that Dart and others are going to push for the Swedish model of prostitution (called “End Demand” here in the US) where the act of prostitution is decriminalized while patronizing a prostitute is criminalized, thus putting all the focus on the clients. It’s not a solution and there’s been some harsh criticism of this model coming from Swedish prostitutes for a variety of reasons. Check out Swedish activist Pye Jacobsson’s criticism of the Swedish model/End Demand here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D7nOh57-I8&feature=player_embedded

  3. 3 The Libertarian on August 31, 2009

    Decriminalization initially sounds like a good idea, given that minimal government intervention in the lives of citizens is a principle most Libertarians advocate for. However, you’ll have critics animality oppose decriminalization due to health concerns among other plausible reasons. Legalization could facilitate heavy regulation, but at least sex workers would have legal recourse that otherwise would remain very limited if prostitution remains illegal. Lastly, Mr. Dart’s proposed “End Demand” initiative, if successfully implemented, is merely another legally endless revolving door. It’s doomed to failure because we live in a society where sex is heavily embedded in mainstream culture and broadcasted in the mass media, thus demand will never cease to exist so long as the current cultural paradigm is sustained.

  4. 4 kurye on September 30, 2009

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  5. 5 diego on December 15, 2010

    This .Dart can not make the distinction between use and abuse. Much of the negative aspects he criticizes, from prostitution, happen because prostitution is ILLEGAL. this nonsensical man wants harsher punishments, It think someone should send him a letter, so he come to his senses.
    anyone wants to send him a letter?, and to the Chicago major can help draft it.
    my email id diegod840806@live.com

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