You can find anything on Craigslist — a housekeeper, a used armoire, a new job. As easy as it is to find goods and services on Craigslist, it’s even easier to set up a fling by perusing the Casual Encounters personal ads, which account for two percent of all postings on the site. Users of Casual Encounters enjoy the ability to be candid and the anonymity, says founder Craig Newmark. For example, one user meets men who answer her ad, takes off her underwear, and gives it to them without saying a word. Even though she has a stalker, she continues to indulge her fetish. But this isn’t the first time complications have arisen through the site. A Brooklyn man, George Weber, was killed last month in his home by, police say, a teen who had answered a Craigslist ad seeking a sexual partner. Then, on April 14, Julissa Brisman, 26, was killed in a Boston hotel by a man who had answered her ad for a personal masseuse. The “Craigslist Killer” matches the description of a man who tied up another woman who had posted an ad offering lap dances in Rhode Island, according to police. He’s also a direct match for a thief who preys on prostitutes.
With all the potential for danger, you can’t help but wonder why people take the risk. Wouldn’t it be more safe and convenient to find one person to indulge your particular sexual tastes? Here are some random Casual Encounter ads we found. Certainly these people could find what they’re looking for without turning to Craiglist.