Merrit Kennedy. Craigslist said Friday that it is taking the site's personals section offline. AP hide caption.
The erotic services category would be deleted next Wednesday, Craigslist said. Craigslist has been under increasing pressure from officials in several states, as violent crimes involving people who had made contact through the site made national headlines. Andrew M.
InMonroe was a trafficking victim in California. She found her clients by advertising on SFRedbook, the free online erotic services website. One day, she logged into the site and discovered that federal authorities had taken it down.
CHICAGO: Online classifieds site Craigslist said Wednesday it will drop its controversial "erotic services" category in response to law enforcement leaders who said the ads were a front for prostitution. The old category will be replaced with one listing "adult services," and a fee will be charged, the company said. Employees will monitor every posting before it appears online - a precaution the site has been criticized for refusing to take in the past.
The site was under fire for allegedly allowing illegal prostitution to flourish and came under particular scrutiny after the murder of Julissa Brisman, a 26 year old masseuse who was allegedly killed by Phillip Markoff, 22, who had met her through an advert she had posted on Craigslist. However, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has publicly railed against what he sees as unfair discrimination against his company. In his blogBuckmaster cites numerous explicit adverts for escorts and sensual massage at backpage.
Craigslist dropped its "erotic services" ads on Wednesday after coming under pressure from law enforcement authorities who charged they were "nothing more than an Internet brothel. Craigslist was to make the announcement in a blog post on the site later Wednesday. A copy of the blog post was provided to AFP ahead of publication.
If Craigslist does follow through, it will help state attorneys general and our law enforcement partners as we fight sexual exploitation to make our communities safer. That agreement requires users who post erotic services ads to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card, which McKenna said helps provide a road map for law enforcement to track down criminals. The company will continue to charge for postings to its new adult services section.
CNET -- Three state attorneys general were scheduled to meet with Craigslist representatives to begin negotiations toward eliminating advertisements from the site for prostitution and other suspected illegal sexual activities. Philip H. Markoff is suspected of killing a year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist at a Boston hotel. State attorneys general from Missouri, Illinois, and Connecticut were to represent a group of state attorneys general in a meeting Tuesday in New York City with representatives of the Web site.
Thomas Dart, Sheriff of Cook County v. Craigslist, Inc. Sheriff Thomas Dart had sought to hold Craigslist responsible for allegedly illegal content posted by users in Craigslist's erotic services section, but Section c 1 of the CDA provides that "no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
Craigslist may have officially shut down its Erotic Services section in favor of a less prostitution-friendly "Adult" area, but what prostitution did exist on the site is still alive and well. Not only that, but the changes may have made the world's oldest profession a little more dangerous for working girls, at least according to those who do business on the site. The Erotic Services section used to be rife with listings containing nude or semi-nude pics and explicit descriptions of the available services.