why is NPR repeating the prosecuter's PR line. If Craigslist wasn't involved, we'd never have heard about this.
I believe you're taking that out of context. I was listening to that storey on NPR yesterday, and I heard it as them saying if craigslist wasn't involved, these women would have been advertising on other sites, which may have been illegitimate.
Since it was on a legit site like craiglist, they were able to track it more easily.
Personally, I am very wary of craigslist, and I mean for years.
I've advertised items for sale, with no success. It did however, attract some strange calls.
I haven't kept up on how craigslist is doing, but it always seemed too loosely run to me anyway.
I think we would have heard about this if craigslist hadn't been involved.