Did Marion Police Use Craigslist to Uncover Sex Trafficking?

Police have not said which website they used to for a big prostitution sting, but they've offered what sounds like a big hint.

When the Linn County Sheriff's department the end of a prostitution sting that led to 40 arrests last Friday, they gave a cryptic answer to what website police officers used to pose as prostitutes.

"If you want to sell a lawnmower, you go to a certain site," Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said to the Gazette. "If you want to find a prostitute, you go to the same site."

As a person who has grown up, and seemingly inside, the Internet, this seems like a clear hint to me: Craiglist.

Craiglist is a popular site that allows users to post the online equivalent of classified ads, for people seeking bicycles, jobs, dates, discussions and yes, lawnmowers.

It's also received a lot of negative press for not effectively policing it's site from prostitution and has gained a somewhat seedy reputation since then.

Of course, this is a just a guess. Police aren't releasing information on this detail of the investigation, and other websites are also used for prostitution. For example in May, police released details about a sex trafficking ring that used Backpage.com.

What do you think? Have you seen any strange activity on our local Craigslist page?

steve ho June 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
They really know how to ruin someones evening. Must not have been enough jaywalkers


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