A year-old Bridgeport woman was arrested yesterday in a Branford motel room after she met a man via Craigslist. The man turned out to be an undercover Branford police officer. She agreed to engage in sexual conduct for a fee. He arranged to meet the woman at a room at the motel that the motel owner had permitted police to use. The woman arrested was charged with two misdemeanor crimes, one for prostitution and the other for possession of marijuana.
Police spokesman Lt. Geoffrey Morgan would not identify the motel, saying the department was working with motel owners in Branford in an effort to reduce prostitution. Nor are surrounding communities exempt.
This motel is believed to be in the vicinity of the Branford Truck Stop near exit 56, where prostitution and related crimes are an ongoing fact of life. Craigslist has come under increasing scrutiny because of prostitution and other sexually targeted. Last April, a Boston medical student was charged with targeting women who advertised exotic services on Craigslist.
Philip Markoff, then a second-year medical student at Boston University, was charged with homicide in the murder of a masseuse whose appeared on Craigslist.
A year ago Attorney General Richard Blumenthal led the way in a nationwide crackdown on these types of Craigslist. He announced that Connecticut and 39 other states had reached an agreement with Craigslist under which the online classified ad website will act to eliminate prostitution in its erotic services section.
Under the agreement, Craigslist now requires that posters of erotic services give a working phone and pay a fee with a valid credit card. If this information is subpoenaed, the site will provide prosecutors with the relevant information. It now appears that Craigslist has changed the name of the section from erotic services to adult services. Other than this change in language, the adult services site seems to be operating broadly, freely and openly. The Eagle checked the sexually explicit for Connecticut.
There are hundreds of them arranged geographically. Branford Police Chief John DeCarlo said that quality of life crimes usually involve one or more criminal acts, for example, prostitution and possession of drugs. Your :. Message: Sent: Nov 13, am.
And the village voice ran a great article about Blumenthals irrational attacks on craigslist a few months back. Basically, its the internet. Craigslist knows this. If anything we should reevaluate our laws on things like prostitution as opposed to wasting the good people of Branfords tax paying dollars luring in hookers from far off bridgeport.
New York and Portland are great examples of this. Its in the communities hands how it wants to utilize a site like craigslist and said utilization reflects strongly of the community, imo.
Wow, Denizen. What an absolutely hideous thing to advocate. You should horrify the conservatives and the liberals with that one. This is simply asinine. There are things the govt. However, these things continue for political reasons, or because some of our elected reps lack the guts and wherewithal to work to change them.
Everything should be done to protect children and young people and those who are financially destitute from being exploited. For example, those trying to find a job should not be lured to a place under the pretex of getting a job but they get exploited instead; or they are asked to documents they do not understand, but the perpetrators get away with it because of old laws that no longer protect.
We need to update our laws so that they apply equitably to our current times and circumstances. The full force of civilized law should be used to prevent exploitation. However, if a 24 year old or a 50 year old want to meet another consenting adult for casual or any other kind of non-violent escapade, that is their business. That is better than them being in the park or public bathrooms where young people might encounter them.
It might also be safer for the women. There are dozens of unsolved murders in CT and there are murderers walking around enjoying life.
Terrence Driffin, 23 was murdered almost 3 years ago. No one has been arrested. Is anyone working on this case?
AG Blumenthal is someone I admire, but he has a fixation on prostitution. The only reason that adult men and women engaging in sexual encounters is a crime in our state or country is because our antiquainted laws make it so. Patrol more to prevent home invasions; work to cut down on the trafficking of drugs; monitor the whereabouts of all kinds of predators in our community; conduct community meetings residents and police and teach us how to recognize if someone might be holding captives in their backyards; if children are in predatory or incestuous relationships.
We want prostitution off the streets.
These johns and their partners are renting hotel rooms and contributing to the local economy. Leave them alone. Wow Branford, you should be very proud of your fine police work. I feel so much safer already. How about addressing socio-economic issues that lead people to turn to prostitution as a means of financial survival in the first place. This solves nothing.
Targeting persons who are already at the very margins of society fighting everyday just to survive. Meanwhile rape cases go unsolved, thousands of rape kits are just sitting around police stations waiting to be processed.
Thousands of rapists are roaming the streets who could be brought to justice. It makes me sick.
It must be a difficult task for the Branford police to spend hours and hours on Craigslist checking out adult service advertisements. And then to indulge in adult conversation with an actual prostitute.
I wonder how many Branford housewives send their husbands off to work at the Branford P. Perhaps the Branford Police should explore their adult fantasies on their own time with their own money. Maybe that would free up some additional tax dollars, so that they can solve some of the robberies that have gone unsolved.
This is an embarrassment for the Branford Police.
How much did it actually cost to remove this 25 year old girl off the streets? Is she still in jail? Ten Bucks says she is back in Branford right now trying to earn money to pay for a good lawyer so that she can get back to business. This is not a good day for the Branford police. Branford Cops Use Craigslist for Prostitution Sting by marcia chambers Nov 13, am 7 Comments Commenting has been closed E-mail the Author A year-old Bridgeport woman was arrested yesterday in a Branford motel room after she met a man via Craigslist.
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