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Craigslist Bans Sex Ads...But Not Demand For Them [USA]
Author: Lisa Rau, neon tommy, Published on: 6 September 2010
Craigslist kicked off Labor Day Weekend 2010 by removing its “adult services” category. The move came after attorneys general from 17 states threatened legal action for what they claim to be “rampant” advertisements for prostitution and child sex trafficking. The “adult services” link has been replaced with a small, non-clickable banner that simply reads: “Censored.”…But Craig’s a nice guy, definitely doesn’t support illegal sex trafficking and has taken several measures to keep site users safe:..Craigslist screens "adult services" ads one by one with telephone and credit card verification to blacklist illegal users…“Erotic services” lingo was removed from categories…National and local resources are easily found on the site to report any suspicion of child exploitation….Craigslist staff continually engage in public dialogue over misuse of the site. They respond directly—and respectfully—to naysayers…The organizations, politicians and attorneys lambasting Craigslist have misdirected the public’s attention from the true problem: The demand for child sex.