Craigslist the "training wheels" of the online sex industry

"Free, popular and easy to use," says the Riverfront Times, Craigslist is "as close as America currently comes to the decriminalization of sex work." As part of an investigation into Internet prostitution, the St. Louis alt-weekly newspaper got on the same page with women in the trade who run client/escort message boards. Along with doing the usual decoding of acronyms (GFE, anyone?) and explaining what you get for $300 an hour, they got an earful from sex workers about where to get your start as an online escort. Valleywag readers won't need to even guess.

"I think of Craigslist as training wheels," says [sex worker activist Stacey] Swimme. "When a girl wants to work in the sex industry, she ought to able to contact a local union and ask, 'What kind of materials do I need? What training do I need?' Since that's not available, Craigslist is the easiest way."

No comment from Craig Newmark in the Riverfront Times piece, of course. Craig, care to say your piece here about your contributions to the sex trade? Trust me, the girls are grateful.