Jacob Sullum weighs in:
[Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal] ignores both the law's role in fostering coercion and violence by driving [prostitution] underground and the protection that services like Craigslist can provide by allowing prostitutes to screen customers and avoid walking the streets. But to fully appreciate the audacity of his charge that money blinded Craigslist to the suffering of sex slaves, note that the company started charging for adult service ads in 2008 at the behest of law enforcement officials. The idea was that fees would thin the section, while requiring a credit card and a valid phone number would deter criminal activity.
Bring back the ads.
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