Still, the attorneys general, the sex-trafficking activists, and the media kept their guns trained on Craigslist, demanding that it shut down its adult-services forum.So on Friday, with a defiant gesture, the company complied.The Associated Press devotes a whole piece ("1 'censored' bar won't stop online prostitution") to explaining why sex ads will simply relocate.
Conversely, Craigslist has warned that if its adult section were quashed, users would relocate to sites that don't follow these practices.
CEO Jim Buckmaster claims that when the company began screening ads manually last year, users "left in droves for the numerous venues which do not monitor ads" and "do not cooperate with law enforcement." Such lax competitors, in his view, include "the large mainstream internet portals, the major search engines, large telephone companies (yellow pages), major newspapers, [and] chain operators of alternative weeklies." , which owns
The attorneys general summarized their case against the company in a letter (PDF) two weeks ago.
They charged that "ads for prostitution—including ads trafficking children—are rampant" on the site.
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Last month, he linked to an e Bay ad and warned readers: The highly explicit photographs included in the following example ads depict young Asian females engaged in unprotected sex, along with rates and a listing of specific sex acts (in Spanish) on offer.
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Friday evening, after years of vilification for allegedly fostering sexual abuse, Craigslist shut down its "adult services" section.