Craigslist in Trouble Again … 7 Arrested in Craiglist Prostitution Ring in NYC



Once again Craigslist finds itself associated with an act on the wrong side of the law.  Seven individuals have been arrested in a prostitution ring in New York City where they operated exclusively through classified ads placed on Craigslist. The charges include enterprise corruption, conspiracy and money laundering according to New York State’s Attorney General, Andrew Cuoma.


According to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, “Room Service Entertainment” used the online service to run its regional prostitution ring both before and after a “so-called” reforms Craigslist instituted last fall.

Following another set of modifications to Craigslist advertising practices that the company had announced following the Brisman slaying, Cuomo blasted those reforms as “half baked” and said that Craigslist had unilaterally instituted them in the middle of the night instead of cooperating with his office.

“Until Craigslist gets serious about putting real protections in place, it will continue to be an environment where criminal operations thrive with impunity,” said Cuomo.

Craigslist continues to be a haven for illegal activity. In this case it was an illegal prostitution ring run by Scott Sal Rosenberg and Josef Davenport.

Scott Sal Rosenberg, 45, and Josef Davenport, 31, are accused of co-owning and operating Room Service Entertainment (RSE), headquartered in Ozone Park and advertised exclusively in the Erotic Services section of Craigslist. According to Cuomo, RSE bookers would post ads on the site that contain pornographic images and a phone number to arrange a date with a prostitute, and continuously post new listings to keep their ads prominently featured.

Previously, Craigslist dropped their “erotic services” ads following the recent high profile murders by Phil Markoff and due to the pressure from law enforcement.

Posted May 20, 2009 by
Arrest, Crime, Internet | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Craigslist in Trouble Again … 7 Arrested in Craiglist Prostitution Ring in NYC”

    1. HOPE on May 20th, 2009 11:43 pm


      They’re bustin’ up the Entrepreneurs
      while the real action is at the clubs.
      Behind them… in vacant houses and
      construction sites.

    2. kitty on May 23rd, 2009 8:02 am

      Craigs list got plenty of action too~ 90 million in sales for their sex ads ~

      I don’t feel badly for these entrepreneurs, they need to be held accountable for posting sex ads ~ illegal activity ~ and I’m thankful for the DA’s going after them ~ sex trade, human trafficking ~

      The action is everywhere ~ corruption is everywhere when money is to be made and the sex industry is a BIG money maker, without a doubt.

      Bust em, they earned it at the expense of the lives of the women who lost theirs by the creeps preying upon them ~ regardless, if they knew they were putting themselves in harms way… Sex ads are BIG bucks… look up the Boston Globe article that got the information on Craigs list and all the money they made…

      Bust em ~

    3. massage therapist on August 28th, 2009 1:11 pm

      I hope that craigslist is finally help responsible for their part in all of this. They have been asked my not only law enforcement, but people that normally use their website to not allow people to post ads that are sexual in nature.

      They claim that they are a community back site, but when their “community” asks that they not endanger people by allowing easy access for hookers, preditor, and pimps, they ignored us.

      I really would like to see the site taken over and run by someother entity or shut down all together.

    4. pva on September 21st, 2010 7:45 pm

      Oh Craigslist.. where should I start.. I used to be in love with craigslist, but has anyone else noticed that it’s getting really difficult to post an ad on Craigslist these days? I have always used craigslist to sell old stuff when I need extra money, but lately the craigslist spammers have made things so difficult for the rest of us. Maybe it’s just me? What does everyone else think?

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