Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women [USA]

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6 September 2010

Craigslist Bans Sex Ads...But Not Demand For Them [USA]

Author: Lisa Rau, neon tommy

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.

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8 August 2010

Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women [USA]

Author: Chris McGreal, Guardian [UK]

Craigslist, is facing accusations that it has become a hub for underage prostitution after two young women placed an advertisement in the Washington Post saying they were repeatedly sold through the site to men who "paid to rape" them. The allegations came as a federal judge threw out an attempt by Craigslist…to stop a criminal investigation over its "adult services" section which is alleged to carry thousands of prostitution ads daily…The ad was partly paid for by Fair Fund, a group working with young women who have been sold for sex. It described Craigslist as "the Wal-Mart of online sex trafficking"…Craigslist's chief executive, Jim Buckmaster, said it worked tirelessly with law enforcement agencies to identify ads that exploited children, manually reviewed every adult service ad before posting and required phone verification by the person placing it.

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