The film Six Degrees of Separation ends in a conversation between a matronly uptown art dealer Stockard Channing and a street-kid grifter Will Smith. She vows to give him a job—under the condition that he turn himself in to the police and serve a few months in jail. I have a quasi-erotic attraction to well-built and beautiful objects.
The poet William Wordsworth's words of years ago are still very much relevant today. Yet the getting and spending of commerce is one of the defining characteristics of modern free market society. And one of the more curious aspects of the free market today is Craigslist www.
Under pressure from law enforcement officialsthe popular Web site Craigslist plans to get rid of its controversial "erotic services" section, the company said today. The "erotic services" section will be removed within seven days and will be replaced with a new "adult services" category. Posts in that new section will be "manually reviewed" by Craigslist employees, the company said.
Last week, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo criticized as "half-baked" Craigslist's efforts to rid its site of sex ads. Wednesday, he was back on the attack, describing it as a haven for criminal enterprises, even as he announced the takedown of a Queens prostitution ring. The arrests Wednesday underscore the inherent risks posed by Craigslist and, most importantly, the need for protections that are full-fledged, not half-baked. The two men who allegedly ran the operation, Scott Rosenberg45, of Massapequa, and Josef Davenport, 31, of Marine Park, Brooklynwere arrested early Wednesday, along with three others.
Gerald DeGerolamo, 65, responded to the ad for an engagement ring posted by David Cushman and the two agreed to meet in front of Christopher St. Once Cushman took out the ring, DeGerolamo sprayed him in the face with Mace, grabbed the ring and ran. A passer-by saw the suspect and flagged down a cop, who arrested DeGerolamo on charge of second-degree robbery.
By Andy Geller. A round-the-clock Queens prostitution ring that got its clients through racy ads on Craigslist has been busted by state authorities — the latest in a string of crimes linked to the controversial Web site. The Ozone Park-based outfit, Room Service Entertainment, was so hush-hush that it dealt with its clients in code, according to a count indictment unsealed yesterday.
They're scheduled to appear in state Supreme Court today in Queens, where authorities say the Ozone Park operation was based, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Craigslist has recently dropped its "erotic services" section and last year it said it was cracking down on solicitation. Last night, Craigslist chief executive Jim Buckmaster sued South Carolina's attorney general, saying the prosecutor's threat to file prostitution charges against the San Francisco company violates its executives' constitutional rights.
Share this Article. Facing down intensifying scrutiny over criminal activity linked to its Web site, Craigslist is staying cagey about any changes it might make to its listings policies. Craigslist, no stranger to controversy, has most recently grabbed headlines in connection with a medical student who allegedly shot and killed Julissa Brisman, a year-old masseuse who placed an ad in the erotic services section of the popular classified site.
He had already done this at least a dozen times, using classified ads he had placed on the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist. But this time, all he found was a dark, scary room. This is probably not the hedonistic situation most people envision when they think about Internet hookups.
The most visible has been the case of Philip Markoffa medical student attending Boston University who has been accused of killing a masseuse when she showed up to render her advertised services. Markoff has also been charged in the assault and robbery of a woman in a different incident that occured in Rhode Island, as well as robbing another just days before the murder. In Newsday on May 9th, I read about a woman named Margary Tannenbaum from Hauppauge, NY who was arrested and charged with aggravated harrassment for her attempt to exact revenge on her 9 year old neighbor.