The forces behind the censoring of Craigslist clearly know little of the real world. Now, they’re after Backpage. To assume that removing the Adult Services ads sections of our newspapers would magically eliminate the abuse of anyone is absurd. The fact is that there are people who post on Adult Services that are of legal age and independent. I should know—I am one of those women.
That’s Maria, a 48-year-old hairdresser and artist who supplements her income selling sexual services to clients that she meets online. She’s quoted in our story about the Village Voice’s Backpage.com, written by a former sex worker.