Sex on the Internet is nothing new, in fact it has been one of the great unspoken drivers of ecommerce and ecommerce technology over the years.
Selling stuff on the Internet is nothing new, it too has been pivotal in driving online development. In particular, when you think of eBay and Craigslist, the development of communities where ecommerce and social networking mix.
Now Craigslist and sex have driven straight into each other as the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Apparently some thirteen people in Polk County have been arrested following a sting by the Sheriff's Office there which targeted people trolling for sex on Craigslist. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book, but the prostitution sting transfers perfectly to the Internet. The police simply posted an advert on Craigslist offering sex for money and lured the unsuspecting sex seekers to an undercover house in the Winter Haven area.
The arrested include teachers, software developers and a truck driver.
Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, has gone on record to say that the message regarding prostitution is pretty clear: "If you want to engage in prostitution, stay out of our community."
Judd also says he intends to look into any legal liability that Craigslist might have by running the advertisements for prostitution in the first place, promising that the hugely popular classified ads community should not be able to hide behind the First Amendment.