The sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, is suing Craigslist. The complaint? That prostitutes advertise freely on the techno-hippie Internet service.
Speaking at a news conference, (Sheriff Thomas) Dart called the site "the single largest source of prostitution in the nation".
He said Craigslist's owners "catered their site so it facilitates [prostitution], where you can actually and more specifically and quickly get to what you want".
Craigslist countered with the obvious:
"Craigslist is an extremely unwise choice for those intent on committing crimes, since criminals inevitably leave an electronic trail to themselves that law enforcement officers will follow," a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
Seriously: shouldn't the cops want criminals to advertise? Doesn't that make the job of finding, investigating, and arresting those criminal easier? I mean, it pretty much takes care of the "finding" part. Go to the office in the morning, get a donut, peruse Craigslist, decide which ad you're going to bust, and get on with it before your second cup of coffee.
They ought to give Craigslist a finder's fee.