Here’s why the craigslist personals needed to go

Here's why the craigslist personals needed to go

Andrew Turley

In my previous post, I discussed how craigslist shuttered its personal section in anticipation of the FOSTA law. Many in tech circles have lamented the loss of craigslist personals as if it was some place where wholesome couples would meet so they could attend church and ice cream socials together. What they’re conveniently forgetting is that the personals section of craigslist had a much more sinister undercurrent that not much of the public was aware of.

For example, back in March, 30-year-old Andrew Turley was sentenced to 60 years behind bars for trying to sell his 4-year-old daughter for the purposes of sex on craigslist. According to investigators, Turley would drug his daughter to make her compliant. After police responded to his craigslist ad they found his daughter in a ‘groggy state’ and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.

Sadly, this is not just a one-off occurrence as the Craigslist personals have a long history of this type of activity. This wasn’t even the youngest victim to ever be sold through craigslist as an Idaho man tried selling a 3-year-old girl through craigslist. In either case, none of the ads were flagged by craigslist’s community policing. For those of you who try to say that this will drive the predators underground, that’s the whole point. Without such a platform like craigslist, predators will have one less highly trafficked platform to find their victims and reprehensible parents won’t have the marketplace to sell their kids.

Houston suspect drugs and turns out 4-year-old on craigslist. This is nothing new.

Andrew Turley

Andrew Turley

This is a story that seems to be making the outrage rounds as it should. 28-year-old Andrew Turley was arrested by Houston police for allegedly drugging a 4-year-old girl and prostituting her on craigslist. Turley is nothing short of a monster according to reports.

From Click2Houston

Undercover officers with the Houston Police Department noticed an ad on Craigslist offering “daddy’s little girl” in exchange for money.

They made contact with the person promoting the ad and exchanged more than 60 emails up until Nov. 12.

Prosecutors say Turley allegedly offered two hours with the girl in exchange for $1,000, and a meeting was arranged.

When undercover officers arrived to the meeting location, they found the girl naked underneath a blanket. She was in a groggy state and appeared to be under the influence, according to police.

The ever tactful NY Daily News had this to add

Turley had told the undercover cop “it may not fit in” but said the officer could “do whatever he wanted” to her, McShan said.

So by every right any person who reads this story should be outraged over what this thing was allegedly doing with a 4-year-old girl.

The thing is don’t act like this is something new. This has been going on through craigslist since as long as I’ve been keeping track. All you need to do is scroll through the craigslist archives of this site to see just a sampling of all the child predators who have been caught using craigslist. Hell, this victim isn’t even the youngest girl to be turned out on craigslist.

Pedophiles, pornographers and predators are abundant on craigslist. They have been for quite some time now. If you’re going to be outraged about what this scumbag did to a little girl you should also be outraged that craigslist does nothing to block these ads.

And to all the media types who are just finding this out for the first time where the hell have you been?