Webwork - 6:09 pm on Sep 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
what’s the difference between setting up a honey pot for prostitution and those crimes?
The difference? Prostitution, unlike drug mfg equip, fake ids, childpron, etc can't be delivered by UPS or email.
No, I wouldn't want to see sections on CL offering "those items" for sale. However, I'm certain that the same flasks or condensors offered for sale to future scientists could also be used to cook meth. So what do we do? Outlaw selling chemistry sets?
And, yes, from what I could see some of the ads for "adult services" were no doubt soliciting. Some included pictures and phone numbers. How convenient, to law enforcement, to have such proof that a identifiable victim was about to be further victimized. The problem, however, was/is that law enforcement isn't adequately funded to address the scale of the XTrade supply/demand. Lacking the resources to confront the issue effectively - by intervening, arresting, incarcerating, aiding every "advertiser" - the solution/intervention was to simply mask/hide the scale of the problem by closing down one portal . . and scattering the listings to a dozen other sites?
To the best of my knowledge, honeypots are set up for all manner of online criminal activity.