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Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section 390

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CWmike writes "Submitting to mounting legal pressure, Craigslist has announced that it will remove the Erotic Services category from its classified advertising Web site within seven days. The move comes just two and a half weeks after Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist, told Computerworld that the company had no intention of removing the category. While it's taking down the category, it will be launching a new category called Adult Services, for which each posting will be manually reviewed before it appears. 'Unsurprisingly, but completely contrary to some of the sensationalistic journalism we've seen these past few weeks, the record is clear that use of Craigslist classifieds is associated with far lower rates of violent crime than print classifieds, let alone rates of violent crime pertaining to American society as a whole,' said Buckmaster in a blog post today. 'We are optimistic that the new balance struck today will be an acceptable compromise from the perspective of the constituencies, and for the diverse US communities that value and rely upon Craigslist.'"
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Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:03PM (#27942883)

    Oh no, now we're sure to see a spike in the unemployment rates as all the hookers file as first-timers.

  • by XxtraLarGe (551297) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:04PM (#27942887) Journal
    They'll just use some other website instead. If there's one thing the authorities should learn it's that you can't win the game of whack-a-mole.
    • I know it. there is a site where people are telling everyone they are committing a crime, and how to get in touch with them, and they want to shut it down?

      • by plague3106 (71849) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:11PM (#27943025)

        Of course because you're outlawing something you have no business outlawing, you drive it underground and force up prices (thus enticing more people into the act you want to ban) and make it dangerous for all involved. Instead of blasting CL for allowing the ads, they should be rethinking the law making the ads illegal in the first place. It's not like legalizing this would lead to the collapse of society... even the Church at one point allowed it.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by DrLang21 (900992)
          Regulate and tax I say.
          • by flyingsquid (813711) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:58PM (#27943809)
            It will move to some other online venue. Maybe slashdot (shudder). I can practically see the ads now...

            "Male seeking... anything."

          • by jcr (53032) <jcr@nOspAm.mac.com> on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:51PM (#27944607) Journal

            Regulate and tax I say.

            You know, I constantly hear this about all of the victimless crimes we have on the books today, and it really pisses me off. Why in the hell is the government entitled to tribute for refraining from interfering in something that's none of their business in the first place?

            I want the drug war to end. I don't want the end of the drug war to mean that governments get billions in new tax revenues, in fact I want the taxpayers to get back the money we waste on the drug war now.

            -jcr

            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by Lord Jester (88423)

              As long as they tax it like any other business or income then there isn't an issue.

              This is already a set precedent as the brothels in Nevada are taxed federally. The girls working there have the federal withholding.

              Now just imagine, prostitution and pandering is made legal. There will be a potentially more open plying of the trade. This increases accessibility and potentially utilization, thereby potentially increasing the underlying workforce.

              So, if you have legalized prostitution and pandering, some of

            • by lawpoop (604919) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @06:50PM (#27945257) Homepage Journal

              Why in the hell is the government entitled to tribute for refraining from interfering in something that's none of their business in the first place?

              Does the government have a right to tax at all? Do they have a right to tax some things, but not this? Why would this be none of their business? Is anything their business to tax?

              If you want things ( maybe one day recreational drugs and prostitution ) to stay safe and enjoyable , we need taxes for police, courts, FDAs, and public infrastructure like roads, electricity, and sewers, etc.

              For all their self-righteousness, I never have heard of any libertarians moving to the middle of the Amazon or Somalia. Somalia has been free of the tyranny of government and taxes going on twenty years now.

        • by PCM2 (4486) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:35PM (#27943427) Homepage

          It's not like legalizing this would lead to the collapse of society... even the Church at one point allowed it.

          If by "this" you mean prostitution, rather than the posting of ads, then I venture that the collapse of society isn't the whole issue here.

          Does society collapse when a hooker gets beaten up by a weirdo? Does society collapse when a bunch of Chinese girls get brought over in a shipping crate to work in a brothel? Does society collapse when a college girl's boyfriend tells her that if she wants to keep the coke coming she needs to turn a few tricks, and it will only be just once or twice? Or, when these things happen, does society just keep on humming the way it always has and nobody needs to give a damn, yet alone raise a finger?

          The problem I have is not with prostitution per se, but with half-assed attempts to decriminalize prostitution that contribute to making the situation worse. There's a lot of human misery involved in the sex trade right now. Maybe legalizing prostitution will do away with all of it -- for the sake of argument, let's assume that it will. But until prostitution is really and honestly legalized, for Craigslist to allow posting of prostitution ads now is to support the sex trade as it exists right now, and I can't say I'm really for that.

          • by Paul Carver (4555) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:00PM (#27943827)

            Does society collapse when a hooker gets beaten up by a weirdo? Does society collapse when a bunch of Chinese girls get brought over in a shipping crate to work in a brothel? Does society collapse when a college girl's boyfriend tells her that if she wants to keep the coke coming she needs to turn a few tricks, and it will only be just once or twice?

            I'm not sure about your Chinese girls in a shipping crate example, I think that's more of a customs issue than anything else. It shouldn't be permitted to ship human beings in a crate regardless of why you're doing it.

            As for the hooker getting beat up by a weirdo, if prostitution is legal she would call the cops just like anybody else who got beaten up by a weirdo during the course of their job.

            As for the college girl, if her coke was available for a reasonable price at the local pharmacy then it's just her choice whether she has sex for money or gets a job in the dining hall or the student center. If her boyfriend is pressuring her into prostitution she can certainly say no. If he uses force she could just call the cops. If she knows that her prostitution and coke use are perfectly legal why wouldn't she call the cops about her abusive boyfriend. Its the wars on drugs and prostitution that keep her more afraid of the cops than of her abusive boyfriend.

            Of course it wouldn't be a bad idea to spend some tax money on offering free rehab clinics for people who want to quit using drugs (or indeed cigarettes or alcohol). You could pay for a heck of a lot of rehab clinics with the money saved by not running the police departments as paramilitary organizations engaged in a permanent war with heavily armed drug dealers.

            I personally have no interest in using drugs. I don't like anything stronger than ibuprofen and I'll often just put up with a headache rather than taking a tylenol. But I don't like the government prohibiting people from voluntarily taking whatever drugs they wish. It's one thing if somebody slips something in your drink, then you should be able to press charges and have them thrown in jail. But if you put the pill in your own mouth or the needle in your own arm it's none of the government's damn business.

            • by PCM2 (4486) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:20PM (#27944179) Homepage
              Yeah, but you missed my point. Prostitution isn't legal and you can't get coke at a pharmacy. So let's lobby for the right things here. Lobby for legalized prostitution, lobby for free cocaine for everybody for all I care -- but don't lobby for Craigslist to be allowed to support the existing black markets for coke and women. Whether you consider vice crimes to be victimless crimes or not, right now there are a lot of really rotten people who profit from those markets, and some of the profits go towards other things that you might like a lot less than you like hookers n' blow.
              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by drinkypoo (153816)

                Taking the prostitution off of craigslist harms legitimate prostitutes as well as the pimps who take advantage of women for profit. By making it harder for the legitimate prostitutes to work openly you increase the chances that they will turn to or otherwise be taken advantage of a pimp, or that they will be murdered because they are forced to service the fringes of society. Driving prostitution underground makes things worse, not better. If you want to improve life for prostitutes you should both lobby for

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by geekoid (135745)

            "Does society collapse when a hooker gets beaten up by a weirdo?"

            I little. But if it's legal, the hooker as reasonable recourse, and the person beating them knows when the cops arrive, the person doing their legal trade has nothing to hide.

            "Does society collapse when a bunch of Chinese girls get brought over in a shipping crate to work in a brothel?"

            they shouldn't put people in crates for any reason.
            If' ti's legal, then there will be people here that can fill the gap legally. If there was as demand for Chin

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by gnick (1211984)

        there is a site where people are telling everyone they are committing a crime, and how to get in touch with them, and they want to shut it down?

        Almost. If somebody was posting ads on Craigslist that said, "I will have sex with you at your home in exchange for $150", and the Craigslist admins knew about it and ignored it - There would be a problem. But if somebody advertises "girlfriend services" or "Will come over in a school-girl uniform and talk dirty to you", that's a little different since no illegal activity is actually being advertised - Even though it may be implied. That puts Craigslist in an awkward situation.

        I say that they should just

        • by omeomi (675045) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:21PM (#27943173) Homepage
          If somebody was posting ads on Craigslist that said, "I will have sex with you at your home in exchange for $150", and the Craigslist admins knew about it and ignored it - There would be a problem.

          Isn't there some sort of legal exclusion for user-generated content? I thought, while the user can be held liable, as long as Craigslist employees aren't doing the posting, they're not legally responsible for content posted by their users? Just like Slashdot wouldn't be liable if I post DeCSS or something along those lines.
          • by gnick (1211984)

            The sticky point, as I understand it, is the 'and the Craigslist admins knew about it and ignored it' issue. If you don't know it's there, it's fine (although willful negligence I think can still get you in trouble - You know, when you're notified and still turn a blind eye.) But I think that if Craigslist was unaware of and had not been informed of illegal postings, they'd probably be OK.

            IANAL.

          • by 0100010001010011 (652467) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:36PM (#27943445)
            Lets double check that...

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      • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:17PM (#27943119) Journal
        That is what I'd don't understand about law enforcement antipathy to the project.

        "Hey guys! There's this site where you can, like, look at pictures of hookers all day, and set up stings, all from the comfort of your desk!" "Wow, we'd better shut that one down." Srsly? Why?
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by snookums (48954)

        I know it. there is a site where people are telling everyone they are committing a crime, and how to get in touch with them, and they want to shut it down?

        What I find odd about this is that Cragislist actually serves jurisdictions (such as Australia) where prostitution is legal. Are they making these changes for all locations? Are the reviewers going to be made aware of what is legal, and thus permissible, in each region?

        There are also other (perfectly legal) professional services for which it is illegal to advertise in certain areas. In my state, for instance, it is illegal for lawyers to advertise services related to personal injury claims. Is Craigslist go

    • by DrLang21 (900992) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:08PM (#27942973)
      They'll probably just move back into the personals ads on Craigslist.
      • by Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:40PM (#27943521)

        They'll probably just move back into the personals ads on Craigslist.

        They've been there all along, even with the availability of erotic services sections. Check ads in the personals sections for phrases like "roses required" or "seeking generous man".

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          My post was entirely serious; I wasn't talking about the cynical view of dating as an exchange of money for sex, or anything like that. "Roses required", "generous", and "donation" in this context appear to be code for "payment required". Note the #1 definition on urbandictionary for roses:
          http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=roses [urbandictionary.com]

          There have been a number of what appear to be prostitution offers (and "sugar daddy" requests) posted in the personals sections of Craigslist, frequently using those p

    • by CaptainPatent (1087643) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:11PM (#27943023) Journal

      If there's one thing the authorities should learn it's that you can't win the game of whack-a-mole.

      And even if they do win it'll only get them enough tickets for two sparkle stickers or a bouncy ball.

    • by MyLongNickName (822545) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:13PM (#27943045) Journal

      you can't win the game of whack-a-mole.

      Actually, I believe I read about that game in one of the "requests for erotic services"...

    •     Actually, there were already quite a few services like Craigslist for escorts before Craigslist got big.

          In many areas, the erotic services section isn't used. I've browsed around it for giggles.

          I've known a few people in the industry (no, not by soliciting their services). Craigslist is generally considered a newbie trashy way to advertise. Good escorts already have better methods.

          And no, I won't post any links. :) Go find them yourselves you pervs.

          By forcing Craigslist to shut down their ads, it's really sent all of those providers off to other means of advertising, which means law enforcement will have to go hunting again. It was a stupid logistics idea. Law enforcement will never stop prostitution, but it looks good to the public to have a decent number of busts. Why kill your easy method of facilitating busts. It's a freakin' list of "we can arrest these people tonight", rather than really hunting them down.

          It'd be like if there was a "Drug Services" section, that crack dealers were listing in. They could brag that they've increased their drug related arrests by 1000%. People will still buy and sell illegal drugs, all they can hope to do is encourage a few people out of the business, and keep the public believing that they're doing all they can do.

          I don't like the idea of going to jail, so I don't deal with any industries that would put me there. I do know people who do though, so I can learn second hand of what happens. If you sit down and listen to some of these people, you'd be amazed at how well thought out some parts are. Then again, other parts are handled stupidly, and those are the people you hear about getting arrested. Some busts are just dumb luck.

  • AWESOME (Score:2, Funny)

    by Fantom42 (174630)

    I for one look forward to the drastic improvements this change will effect.
    </sarcasm>

  • by nurb432 (527695) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:10PM (#27943009) Homepage Journal

    Last i heard you had the right to free speech in this country.

    If they want to print sex ads to adults, so be it. Don't like sex ads, well don't read those sections.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Gizzmonic (412910)

      Dude, it's not a First Amendment issue.

      • by gnick (1211984) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:29PM (#27943313) Homepage

        This is all about the First Amendment! Just last month I was arrested for offering to sell cocaine to an undercover cop - I never even sold him the drugs! And when I offered him pictures of naked underage boys and girls if he'd let me go - Things only got worse!

        Blatant violation of my right to free speech. If this keeps up, I'll shoot the president.

        [Special note to the Secret Service - This was an attempt at sarcasm/humor. Please don't kill me.]

      • by nurb432 (527695)

        The hell its not.

    • You sure do (or are supposed to).

      Free speech means being able to stand on the White House lawn and announce that you're about to rape the president with a C4 dildo.

      Free speech stops anyone from forcing you to stop your announcements, and prevents them from arresting/convicting you based on what you said (with a lack of you actually having DONE anything).

      Free speech doesn't prevent you from being stopped and checked for weapons.

      If your speech itself causes demonstrable harm (libel, slander), then you can be

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by bluefoxlucid (723572)

        Free speech means being able to stand on the White House lawn and announce that you're about to rape the president with a C4 dildo.

        You are free to make such a statement; however, you can be arrested for assault (verbal) and detained pending investigation. Threatening physical harm of the president will get you tackled, shackled, and charged with SOMETHING; stupidity is punishable at least to a small degree.

  • Good (Score:4, Funny)

    by sunking2 (521698) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:11PM (#27943015)
    I much prefer the good old days where they would hang out in all the hotel bars looking for a John. Craiglist is too much work.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:11PM (#27943019)

    I know somebody here knows the answer to this:

    What is the best place to find a hooker online?

    • by davidwr (791652) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:20PM (#27943167) Homepage Journal

      I am Mrs Melissa Pointy the wife of Mr Harry Pointy, my husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Kenya for twenty years before he lost the use of his penis due to an industrial accident in the year 2001. We have been married for ten years without a child. He is the second son of the late John Pointer, who was a Nigerian Prince. His father left him the sum of $3.5 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS but he cannot collect until he has a child.

      If you would be so kind as to have sex with me until I conceive I will pay you a 10% gratuity for your troubles.

      To obtain tickets to Nigeria please contact me so I can have my attorney send you instructions to buy airline tickets and pay for lodging.

      As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of my attorney who is in Europe as he will be the one to assist you this endeavor.

      Your's Truly,
      MRS.Melissa Pointer.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:26PM (#27943269)

      The Erotic Review

  • one word... splat! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by skathe (1504519) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:12PM (#27943033)
    What's really going to suck is when all those ads start showing up in other sections of craigslist, cluttering it even futher. They actually made the problem worse. Whack-a-mole, yes, but in this case, after you whacked the mole, it just splattered all over the place and it's even more of a mess than it was before. At least with the "Erotic Services" section, the problem was condensed and confined to one single section, at least for the most part.
  • by Absolut187 (816431) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:22PM (#27943195) Homepage

    Lets force sprint to monitor all calls.

    If you're too lazy to stop the crime, just stop the communication.

    You would think that police departments would LOVE craigslist.
    The criminals are actually posting their photos on the web.
    Could they make your job any easier???

  • I wonder if this has anything to do with my state government, along with two other states, threatening to sue [columbiatribune.com] Craiglist if they didn't start screening that section of the site. For the life of me, I can't understand why that is a better solution than prostitutes advertising their services in public. Wouldn't it be really easy to set up a sting for people who are basically advertising their willingness to provide paid sex services? I mean, they're right there practically donning bull's-eyes!
    • by afabbro (33948) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:35PM (#27943423) Homepage

      The police in various districts have done CL stings repeatedly. Seems like here in Portland it's in the news every 3 months or so...cops rent a hotel room and answer ads, girls are busted. Or vice versa. It apparently hasn't shut this down. Police have been busting streetwalkers for years and yet you still see them on the corners of major cities...

      CL switched to requiring phone verification for this category of ads. Then they started charging $5 to list. And now they're dropping it altogether.

      I would think this was all business-driven - an evaluation that the hassle costs more than the revenue - but CL has no revenue. In fact, I don't think CL has any actual business model....it's just free ads for whoever wants them. You're probably right that it's the lawsuit threats that are driving them out of this.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by elrous0 (869638) *
      Actually, a lot of Attorney General's are doing the same thing [wyff4.com]. It appears that there are quite a few AG's out there prepping for their gubernatorial runs.
  • Justification (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bruce Perens (3872) * <bruce@perens.com> on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:33PM (#27943395) Homepage Journal

    I don't think this is going to have any serious effect on Craigslist. They are just changing the name of the service and putting reviewers in place.

    We should look at why these sorts of services run into trouble with the law. The reasons run from good to terrible.

    • These ads lead to exploitation of children by pimps? If so, good reason.
    • These ads lead to exploitation of women by pimps? I had heard the internet had largely done away with pimps because sex workers can market themselves. Is that so?
    • These ads lead to murder and mayhem. But then again, that has been happening with Craigslist used-car ads - what better way to lure a victim to bring a roll of cash?
    • These ads lead to disease?
    • A supernatural being postulated by your religion has given you rules about sex that you feel should apply to everyone. Bad reason.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Protecting people from themselves is always a terrible reason, and that's all this boils down to no matter how many times people wanna get all "think of the children."

      You'd think the whole prohibition mess would have taught the puritanical moral high-ground people how well banning things works. Guess the real whack-a-mole game is trying to hammer the lesson into the nanny-stater head.

      Meanwhile, if the law manages to shut down every prostitution ad on the web, they'll just go back to the streets. Good job!

      • Re:Justification (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Bruce Perens (3872) * <bruce@perens.com> on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:03PM (#27943889) Homepage Journal

        Rather than think of it as protecting people from themselves, think of it as protecting the weak from the powerful. Women are in some cases subjugated by men. And then there's the whole poverty, addiction, prostitution cycle.

        All of that said, some of the reason we're running into this is because of problems that society isn't willing to handle. You can start with the horribly bungled handling of poverty in the U.S., which seems to have been designed to promote bad social values and create a perpetual client class.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by drinkypoo (153816)

          You can start with the horribly bungled handling of poverty in the U.S., which seems to have been designed to promote bad social values and create a perpetual client class.

          Bungled? You haven't been paying attention. Our very public school system is set up to produce a perpetual client class. The system is working as designed. Or perhaps I should say, redesigned. It wasn't always so. There was a time when all we had was a constitution :)

  • by FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:36PM (#27943451) Homepage
    are in every single free weekly paper in the entire country.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Un pobre guey (593801)
      Of course. This is just a symbolic gesture to deal with negative PR. A year from now, it will be forgotten and things will be as they were, until yet another psycho does something after responding to a Craigslist ad.
  • by Bellegante (1519683) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:38PM (#27943481)
    Before, craigslist could easily claim they were not responsible for content, and that has been the line for quite some time. Now they are going to -manually- review every entry in a particular section? That seems insane to me. They are giving up the most important protection that they have, for no gain at all and a lot of extra work.
  • by rAiNsT0rm (877553) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:45PM (#27943595) Homepage

    Not that I use this section, but you can guarantee that it will now be tracked, logged, and monitored as well as happily turned over to law enforcement if/when requested. No Thanks.

    For me personally Craigslist caving in here has ended my use of the site. I can only hope enough others do as well and make their voice heard.

  • In the good ol' days, when an ex really pissed you off, you could always place an ad for her "services" on craiglist, causing her to be unendated night and day with phone calls from drunk, horny men. Now what am I going to do when these bitches piss me off? ;-)
  • Fun on Craigslist! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by erroneus (253617) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @04:48PM (#27943629) Homepage

    Prostitutes and other advertisers have no respect for boundaries or appropriateness. Just let that settle into your mind and stop getting angry and frustrated. You will not un-corrupt humanity.

    But fun on Craigslist! Yes! Go to the various "personals" and "casual encounters" areas for your area and just search through the ones with pictures. Okay, you might need a strong stomach for some of them, but you might ALSO find people you know or knew or work with! How awesome is that? Suddenly people WILL lend you money again!

  • by Un pobre guey (593801) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:25PM (#27944245) Homepage
    Craigslist will change the name of the section from Erotic Services to [begin fanfare] Adult Services [end fanfare]. Moralists, pretentious busybodies, and deranged religious fanatics can now celebrate and return to their burrows to once again stay out of the way of civilized society.

    As time goes by, the parade of human folly seems more and more absurd. Maybe it's because I'm getting older. I hate to think what "for which each posting will be manually reviewed before it appears" means, though. I can only assume there were thousands of them. I suspect that the law only requires them to not print ads for flagrant exchanges of money for sex. Most Craigslist erotic ads already used a variety of vague euphemisms anyway (or so I've read).

  • by DeanFox (729620) * <spam.myname@g m a i l.com> on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @05:50PM (#27944601)

    "Erotic services" was created to solve a problem in the "personals". If the new monitored "adult section" (new name for the old link) starts to delete, not allow or delay the ads they'll just go right back to where they were to start with. The (unmonitored BTW) "personals" is where everybody advertised before the "erotic services" was created.

    Sheeez. Are these prosecutors really this stupid? I suppose if I have to ask the question.....
  • Pointless (Score:4, Informative)

    by bluefoxlucid (723572) on Wednesday May 13, 2009 @07:19PM (#27945545) Journal
    Casual Encounters is full of posts for "Generou$" "$afe" "Ro$e$" etc. Most posts are spam; I managed to get 10 real people talking to me one day, and 9 were whores looking for $100-$180/hour. (I didn't have sex with the 10th, she was hot but we kind of talked for a bit and that was it.) One said she desperately wanted to suck a dick and then told me there was a "donation of 100 roses" required. Most of the posts are hookers.

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