Dating is legal prostitution
I think I supposed that legality would have imposed some order on the prostitution experience.
To say what’s good for the goose ought to be good for the gander is a very balanced line to take, but when a situation is not grounded in equality, it is not balanced in the first place.
It also forbids “posting any solicitation directly or in ‘coded’ fashion for any illegal service exchanging sexual favors for money” and posting “any material on the Site that exploits minors in any way.” A quick search of the Backpage’s dating section for Manhattan, however, found posts featuring phrases like “Naked Bodyslides,” “2 Girl Special” and “Busty and Petite.” The classified site also has said it's protected from prosecution because of the interpretation of a provision tucked deep inside the Communications Decency Act of 1996 called Section 230.
The language of Section 230 states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." In layman’s terms, this basically means that sites like Backpage – or Facebook and Twitter, for that matter -- are not liable for what their users post on their sites.
Curtis Williams, who as part of the De Kalb County Police helped investigate Mays’ murder, told Fox News. They don’t use explicit terms, but instead say things like ‘looking for companionship’ or ‘looking for a good time.’” Backpage was launched in 2004 and quickly became the second-largest online classified site in the United States following Craigslist.
The site, however, also quickly came under scrutiny from prosecutors and human trafficking organizations for its Adult section, which opponents say worked as an open air market for prostitutes and turned the website’s owners in virtual pimps.