You know the Internet is being used to feed that," says a woman who calls herself, "Kelly.
Kelly is an erotic masseuse in Manhattan. She says her husband never knew. That's completely where the money is," Kelly replies.
Still, Kelly says, she plays it safe by screening her potential clients on Google and listening to her gut. If I have any, slightest doubt, I will not see that person.
Do you think about it? Are you worried about it?
Are you afraid? There is a risk factor involved in what I'm doing because I'm meeting a stranger," Kelly replies.
Before she was arrested last year on charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering, Kristin Davis ran a call girl agency in New York City. With a small fortune stashed in off-shore s, Davis says her company catered to everyone from princes to politicians and posted more than a day on Craigslist.
Inshe claims she hired Julissa Brisman for high-end erotic massage - a job she says Brisman took seriously. Davis says Brisman took her safety seriously too.
Davis thinks that should have been enough to save Brisman. But hard economic times and easy Internet access mean more people are selling erotic services online these days, without really checking out who's buying.
Just how easy is it to find a woman on Craigslist? To find out for ourselves, 48 Hours went online and started making some calls. In less than 30 minutes, three women agreed to meet us at a Manhattan hotel.
Meet us for what you say? Well, they didn't say.
But they all agreed to meet us at the hotel within a few hours. Craigslist prostitution is such a problem in the Chicago area that Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart says police stings can no longer keep up.
So the county is suing Craigslist for creating a public nuisance. Dart wants the site to take its erotic down.
You're against crime. So am I. I'm doing something about it. You're doing nothing.
At the hotel suite in Manhattan, 48 Hours discovered that many of the women on Craigslist will gladly come to you. One of the first women we phoned, a year-old European we'll call "Eve," showed up right on time.
The room was rigged with hidden cameras; she agreed to talk to us. Eve claims she makes a bundle from her Craigslist sex ad, telling Dow, "I can stop anytime, but what am I going to do? Two more women showed up later; one was from Russia and then another, who left after Dow showed her a newspaper about the Craigslist killing.
Davis says the oldest profession on Earth will keep morphing to survive, much like Kelly, Eve, and the other woman we met on Craigslist. It could happen to anyone.
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