“Adult Services” Section Of Craigslist Shut Down After Legal Warnings
After popular used furniture/writing gig/pseudo-prostitution trading site Craigslist received an open letter from 17 attorneys general requesting that their “Adult Services” section (that’s where the pseudo-prostitution happens) be shut down, the site has heeded the warnings and the section is now “censored.” Fear not, though– “Missed Connections” is still alive and kicking.
Craigslist had already renamed “Erotic Services” to “Adult Services” in response to the criticism that they were facilitating prostitution, but today they ruined many a user’s Labor Day weekends and took the whole page down. According to Wired, “Craigslist did not announce the move and its blog was not updated as of Saturday morning. Craigslist did not immediately respond to email and voice mail messages seeking comment.”
The “censored” bar seems to indicate that the section is not gone forever, but it does point to a possible significant change within the site, which police have often used for prostitution raids and similar activity. For example, in the letter sent out by the US Attorneys General, they cite several instances of human trafficking caught on the site. They also argue that while they acknowledge it will lead to Craiglist losing income, “no amount of money…can justify the scourge of illegal prostitution, and the suffering of the women and children who will continue to be victimized, in the market and trafficking provided by Craigslist.”
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