How great is the Internet? The ease of communication that technology provides has allowed a once highly-localized industry to become incredibly mobile, enabling its itinerant practitioners to travel from one city to another, where they briefly set up shop to hawk their wares and then move on to the next welcoming town. The industry, of course, is prostitution, and, as is his wont, The Man is cracking down. Take eight jetsetters who simply wanted to summer (and whore) on Long Island:

All eight were arrested on prostitution charges here, snared in a new sting operation by the Nassau County police that focuses on, the ubiquitous Web site best known for its employment and for-sale advertisements but which law enforcement officials say is increasingly also used to trade sex for money.

That's right, Craigslist is now ther one-stop shop for all your harlotry needs. How bad are things?

"Craigslist has become the high-tech 42nd Street, where much of the solicitation takes place now," said Richard McGuire, Nassau's assistant chief of detectives. "Technology has worked its way into every profession, including the oldest."

The high-tech 42nd Street! (Related: When's the last time anyone was able to score a whore on the actual, low-tech 42nd Street?)

Police seem confident that they'll be able to use Craiglist to track down these marauding trollops, but we're dubious: The forward march of technological progress cannot be stopped. Stamp them out on Craigslist and they'll move somewhere else. Like Facebook. Or eBay. Or Gawker Sponsored Quicklinks, available now at a low introductory price of $149. You just can't keep a good ho down.

Prostitution Targeted on Craigslist [NYT]