Help take care of dog, cook occasionally. Sex 2x/week. Serious inquires only.

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    The number of such sexually explicit ads vary on any given day -- from dozens to a handful. A search Friday on Craigslist for sexually suggestive roommate ads in South Florida found at least six such ads among potentially thousands on the site.
    In Miami, Sal Diaz said he posted an online ad for a ''young and attractive female'' to share his two-bedroom, two-bath apartment for $465 because that is exactly what the ''young and handsome 26-year-old mortgage broker'' wanted: ``I decided not to beat around the bush. With the Internet, you never know what you are [going to] get. I got a lot of phone calls from guys. A few were kind of weird.''
    South Florida is not the only fertile terrain for ads that stipulate questionable demands. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights recently filed a lawsuit against Craigslist for allowing ads the group deems discriminatory.
    The suit argues that since July 2005, Craigslist has allowed more than 100 ads to run unchallenged on its Chicago-based site. The ads include such language as ''No Minorities'', ''Christians only'' and ''Non-Women of Color need Not Apply.'' Similar ads have appeared in South Florida postings on Craigslist.
    $375 -- Christian Female to Share 1-Bedroom Miami Beach Apt.
    I am looking for a Christian female to share a clean and simple 1-bedroom apartment two blocks from the beach.
    Internet companies have long argued that they are immune from any liability based on a section of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
    Their interpretation of federal law: Internet providers are not liable for users' postings because the sites are merely facilitators and not publishers. Although sites such as Craigslist derive income through partnerships with other Internet companies, many of the services provided are free.
    Newspapers and magazines, which publish and edit news and advertising content, are governed by the Federal Fair Housing Act, which bans ads that discriminate by setting ''different terms, conditions or privileges for the sale or rental'' of property.
    Stephen Libowsky, the attorney representing the Chicago housing group, thinks the Internet should share the same burden. 'It doesn't make sense that you can publish a `no blacks' ad on your website, but you can't do it in the newspaper. . . . The law cannot take a back seat just because the economic transaction is going to happen over the Web.''
    Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster did not respond to several interview requests to discuss sex-in-exchange-for-room ads on the site.
    Although Craigslist did not address the sexually charged ads, the site has taken several steps to educate its users about federal housing laws dealing with race, religion and other preferences. It posts links to the federal law on its site.
    Buckmaster posted on the site a lengthy defense to the lawsuit: ``These lawyers demand that we impose ill-conceived, mistake-prone and potentially illegal controls on the Craigslist community, which if adopted would actually reduce fair housing opportunity while eroding important free speech and privacy rights.''
    The suit, Buckmaster writes, ``ignores the fact that Craigslist is not a publisher but, rather, a community-moderated commons run by its users, who self-publish and . . . use a flagging system to police the site.''
    You're [f******] sick! stop doing that or at least make it clear from the very beginning. I don't want to read your ''oh and by the way, you have to sleep in my bed'' after I waste my time reading all the other regular stuff. What's wrong with you people?!!
    That recent response from a New York resident captures some users' frustration. They often scold those who post offensive material and ask site operators to remove such ads.
    The lawsuit has rekindled the debate about how best to regulate the Internet -- if at all.
    Michael Masinter, a law professor at Nova University who specializes in constitutional, civil rights and anti-discrimination law says Congress -- not the courts -- should make such decisions.
    Until then, Craigslist and others should be allowed to exist as they are, Masinter said. ``The Internet has to be permitted to flourish, otherwise we would all be reduced to an Internet serviceable to 12 year olds. If they were required to prescreen the millions of ads posted on their site, it would be the end of Craigslist.''
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    Ads offer to swap rent for sexThere's a new way to snag a roommate online: Have tenants meet a list of demands, including walking the dog, doing the laundry and having sex.


    Upscale executive seeks beautiful female 18-24 to live in his luxury condo in Coral Gables for $1/month in exchange for some light duties. Help take care of dog, cook occasionally. Sex 2x/week. Serious inquires only. Please ***** a picture for consideration.
    The Coral Gables man who offered that startling pitch in a recent posting on the popular website is among a growing pool of men who routinely seek sexual favors in the room-for-rent section of Internet ads.
    Such postings -- a type of bartering of homes for sex -- are not only worrisome because they target young women who may be desperate for affordable housing in South Florida's harsh real estate climate. They may also be illegal.
    ''They would be of concern to us,'' said Sgt. Kelly Sullivan with the Miami-Dade Police Department's organized crime unit. ``It is a form of prostitution because they are enticing young girls who may be strapped for cash.''
    Trading a room for sex over the Internet is relatively fresh terrain for law enforcement -- so much so, that Sullivan admitted he wasn't aware this was happening.
    In the vastly unregulated world of the Internet, room-for-rent ads in the classified sections of various Internet sites have become the new frontier to solicit sex and seek other exacting demands.
    Requirements that indicate a preference for a particular religion, race or ethnicity, for instance, may violate federal housing laws, some legal analysts say. One group in Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Craigslist not about sexual ads but pertaining to ads that demand roommates of a particular race or religion or set up any preference protected by federal law.
    The men who posted sexually explicit ads seeking women or other men did not respond to repeated requests for interviews. The Miami Herald found no ads by women making similar sexual demands.

    That distinction, said ****** Brion, director of the Miami chapter of Women's Movement Now, is a clear sign that women continue to be marginalized and exploited.
    ''Advertisements soliciting women for sex in exchange for housing are offensive and disturbing. They are an indicator of how much work still needs to be done to eradicate institutional inequities and harmful attitudes toward women that persist,'' Brion said.
    The Coral Gables ad was removed after Craigslist users complained to site operators -- a practice the site noted. But a similar ad has since been posted in the online classified section of the alternative weekly, The Miami New Times.
    In addition to pleas for sex, postings include demands that prospective tenants be of a specific race or religion, attractive, willing to walk the dog, go club-hopping, clean the house while clad only in lacy underwear and perform sensual massages -- often at deeply discounted rents or ``free.''
    If you like to party and don't want to pay rent, well then send a pic and some info about yourself. If I like what I see then I'll ***** my phone #.
    This is in or Around Broward.