Craiglist the centralized network of online communities which features free classified ads is now removing its adult services section. The site was expected to earn at around $36 million in this section alone this year but now they are shutting if off. For how long would it be is still unknown. Maybe in the US it’s for good for in some countries the link for the section can still be accessed.
This decision by the Craiglist has given a relief to the various entities that have been petitioning for Craigslist to shut down the section which includes a human rights groups and more than 17 attorneys general from states across the nation. Craiglist would surely be dropping their sales because of this.
The 17 attorneys generals has released a letter saying: “The increasingly sharp public criticism of craigslist’s Adult Services section reflects a growing recognition that ads for prostitution — including ads trafficking children — are rampant on it”.
The adult section in the site comprises one third of the site’s revenue but there has been a raging protest to get rid of it. “In our view, the company should take immediate action to end the misery for the women and children who may be exploited and victimized by these ads. Because craigslist cannot, or will not, adequately screen these ads, it should stop accepting them altogether and shut down the Adult Services section,” added in the statement of the attorney generals.
Last year, the site has started their strict screenings in the lists of the Adult section according to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. In fact, more than 700,000 listings were nuked by the site’s watchdogs.