Eight women visiting Long Island this summer were arrested on prostitution charges in a new sting operation by the Nassau County police that focuses on Craigslist.org, the ubiquitous Web site known for its employment and for-sale advertisements, the New York Times reports. Police say it is increasingly used to trade sex for money.
Nassau County has made more than 70 arrests since it began focusing on Craigslist last year, one of numerous crackdowns by vice squads from Hawaii to New Hampshire that are monitoring the Web site closely, sometimes placing decoy ads to catch would-be customers. Said Richard McGuire, Nassau's assistant chief of detectives: “Technology has worked its way into every profession, including the oldest.” Authorities say prostitution is flourishing online as never before. Police say Craigslist is by far the favorite site. On one recent day, 9,000 listings were added to the site's “Erotic Services” category in the New York region alone: Most offered massage and escorts, often hinting at more.