Craigslist shutdown its adult services listings on Friday replacing the link with a black bar with the word "censored" where the listings previously appeared.
The move comes after years of pressure to remove the ads, including an open letter from 17 state attorneys general in late August. The letter said "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 attorneys general requested Craigslist take immediate action to stop accepting ads since it "cannot, or will not" screen them.In the article, the last paragraph is predictive. Those ads will be everywhere now, instead of corralled into their own category. Also note, an Illinois judge already held intermediaries harmless in these cases.
The letter wasn't Craigslist's first scuffle regarding sex-related ads. The site formerly had an "Erotic Services" section that was shut down in May 2009. It was pulled after law enforcement filed suit, claiming the classifieds facilitated prostitution, and after the alleged "Craigslist Killer" was arrested.
I made comments about Craigslist's plight, and Reason's coverage of it, in May 2009. Includes a link to Nina Hartley erotica.
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