In the past few days the Ann Arbor News has had two more stories about prostitution in our fair city, one detailing the arrest of a former U-M undergraduate who was finding customers on Craig's List and one general story about prostitution and the internet.
As an Ann Arbor taxpayer (and taxes are not low in Ann Arbor), I was particularly struck by the claim in the second story that
Despite the claimed lack of "prioritization" for on-line prostitution, in response to the complaint that generated the first story, the A2 police organized a sting operation at a local hotel, something that, between the staff time involved, the payment for the room and the rest, surely cost the city a couple of thousand dollars. Add in the costs generated in the remainder of the legal system as the case plays out and you likely reach $5000 or more.
"We are not actively scouring Craigslist," said Ann Arbor Deputy Chief Greg Bazick. "It is a prioritization of resources."
To help the A2 police next time they receive a complaint that some current or former UM student is trying to make some quick money, I offer the following alternative suggestion as to how to respond:
Send the person making the complaint an email suggesting that if they do not like prostitution, perhaps the "erotic services" section on Craig's List is a place they should avoid.
I expect that this response would cost the city less than $10.