Adults’ Section on Craigslist Censored

The word, “Censored” has replaced the section where adult ads used to be after the website has been accused of promoting prostitution through its adult services section. Seventeen attorneys general banded together to urge (a better word would probably be “pressured”) Craigslist to discontinue its adult services section.

Attorneys general from Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia made the request to Craigslist a week after accused “Craigslist killer” Philip Markoff committed suicide in jail.

Markoff was charged with the April 2009 killing of Julissa Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist who Markoff might have met or hired through the website.

According to Susan MacTavish Best, who handles press inquiries for Craigslist, “We strongly support the attorneys general desire to end trafficking in children and women, through the Internet or by any other means… We hope to work closely with them, as we are with experts at nonprofits and in law enforcement, to prevent misuse of our site in facilitation of trafficking, and to combat such crimes wherever they appear, online or offline”.

One thought on “Adults’ Section on Craigslist Censored

  1. Thanks for connecting the dots better than most news reporters this morning. Every day there are news reports of violent crime connected with Craigslist.

    The flip side to prostitution is human trafficking. With pressure from more than 40 states, Craigslist removed its human trafficking ridden section called erotic services and replaced it with a newly named adult services section about a year ago.That new section was to be strictly policed (which it has not) with a donation of all proceeds to charity (which has not happened). Now we’re supposed to believe that closing this section will clean it up? Don’t believe it for a minute.

    It’s really disgusting. This is a community space: families come to our site to buy used bikes, advertise garage sales, and look for a new home. A community classified ads site is the last place I would want to find any adult content, let alone violent crime, prostitution, and human trafficking violations.

    I would like to see Craigslist clean it up. But this morning, I already I see what looks like prostitution ads in the casual connections and personals ads.

    For those of you who get it — check out a socially responsible alternative like http://www.geebo.com.

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