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Craigslist Shuts Down ''Adult Services'' Section

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Craigslist has shut down its 'Adult Services' section, following significant pressure from attorneys general around the country.

Craigslist's 'Adult Services' section has always been a bit of a controversy magnet because it supposedly made things very easy for those in the business of selling sex. The 'Adult Services' section is a replacement for the 'Erotic Services' section, which was removed in May of last year, and submissions are moderated by Craigslist employees.

However, following significant pressure from several attorneys general, Craigslist this past weekend censored its 'Adult Services' section for cities in the United States. Last week, 17 attorneys general sent an open letter to the website requesting it shut down the 'Adult Services' section since it "cannot or will not screen them."

The increasingly 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.  In our view, the company should take immediate action to end the misery for the women and children who may be exploited and victimized by these ads.  Because craigslist cannot, or will not, adequately screen these ads, it should stop accepting them altogether and shut down the Adult Services section.

Craigslist hasn't released any statement or given a reason as to why it decided to take immediate action and censor the 'Adult Services' section. Though it looks like the site is cooperating with the request of the attorneys general,  the site seems to have gone about the change in a manner that suggests its hand was forced. Rather than removing the second entirely, the Craigslist homepage now shows a black 'censored' bar where the 'Adult Services' section used to be.

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    back_by_demand , September 6, 2010 9:27 PM
    KageRyuI thought they closed it down last year after a hooker was killed by her customer who she found through Craiglist.

    Jack The Ripper killed 5 prostitutes
    The Yorkshire Ripper killed 13 prostitutes
    Endless serial killers killed an endless list of prostitutes
    Nearly all of them before the internet even existed

    Craigslist is no more responsible for the death a prostitute at the hands of a client than AT&T is responsible for someone getting a prank phone call.
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    cheemster , September 6, 2010 6:43 PM
    No more giggity giggity goo moments for the 50 year olds.
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    lambertoz , September 6, 2010 7:41 PM
    now the girls that could 'sell' themselves from the comfort and safety of their hotel rooms have to go to dangerous dark alleys to do it!
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    cheemster , September 6, 2010 6:43 PM
    No more giggity giggity goo moments for the 50 year olds.
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    kageryu , September 6, 2010 6:47 PM
    I thought they closed it down last year after a hooker was killed by her customer who she found through Craiglist.
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    Pyroflea , September 6, 2010 6:51 PM
    I'm surprised it took this long.
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    lukeiamyourfather , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    The protestor inside says they should leave the adult services up. The neighbor and brother inside says we're better off without it. Either way another site is going to provide the same services in the absence.
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    RabidFace , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    While I never actually checked out this section to see what type of ads people were posting, even when I knew about it, I think there is some truth in it, yet people are getting paranoid.

    From my understanding, it's was just a craigslist "booty call".

    I would not doubt for one second that there were "escort services" being handled through craigslist, but the fact is, there is no real way of knowing. I hate how America is so paranoid that if something MAY happen, people automatically think it's WILL happen. And "Big Brother" acts on these things like it is going on. I think children being hurt in this "Adult Section" is a little extreme.
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    Anonymous , September 6, 2010 7:05 PM
    My friend uses this site and makes 700-1000 thousand a day yes it is that easy. I am glad it is gone it is a prostitution site tax free.
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    Anonymous , September 6, 2010 7:10 PM
    Shame on Craigslist for making a profit at the expense of womens ilegal sexual acts and knowing it!
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    hakesterman , September 6, 2010 7:20 PM
    I hate prostition and i hate seeing young girls used as sex slaves. But shutting down Craigslist adult
    section isn't going to resolve anything. They will always find new places to operate from and you will never catch up, it's just like the drug ring. If you really want to be serious about stopping it, you should use the sites and set up sting operations. Serious fines and jail time would stop it, shutting down the website section only makes them shift to a new site, nothing gained at all.
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    ct1615 , September 6, 2010 7:23 PM
    rabidfaceWhile I never actually checked out this section to see what type of ads people were posting...there is no real way of knowing.


    so when you see an add with a pic of a young women saying she is staying at a hotel near buy and her "rates" per hour(hundreds per hour)....you think they just want to talk? Every add was like that, not just a few.

    The CL booty call is the personals section which it still up and notoriously full of scams....actually that is just CL in general
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    ct1615 , September 6, 2010 7:26 PM
    hakestermanI hate prostition and i hate seeing young girls used as sex slaves. But shutting down Craigslist adultsection isn't going to resolve anything. They will always find new places to operate from and you will never catch up, it's just like the drug ring. If you really want to be serious about stopping it, you should use the sites and set up sting operations. Serious fines and jail time would stop it, shutting down the website section only makes them shift to a new site, nothing gained at all.


    I agree with your desire to stop the sex slave industry but not your solution. Stings won't help. If they legalize they will at least help stop sex slave industry. You can't stop the demand, you never will but you can least offer a better and controlled supply.
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    mosu , September 6, 2010 7:33 PM
    Better later than never.A good move.
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    lambertoz , September 6, 2010 7:41 PM
    now the girls that could 'sell' themselves from the comfort and safety of their hotel rooms have to go to dangerous dark alleys to do it!
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    kinggraves , September 6, 2010 7:43 PM
    The government just disliked Craigslist getting so much money off this section tax free. It has nothing to do with some moral crusade to save hookers. They'll set up a new site and it'll keep happening.
    They call it the oldest profession for a reason.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , September 6, 2010 7:51 PM
    ct1615I agree with your desire to stop the sex slave industry but not your solution. Stings won't help. If they legalize they will at least help stop sex slave industry. You can't stop the demand, you never will but you can least offer a better and controlled supply.


    But it doesn't stop sex slavery. Prostitution and brothels are legal in Germany and the Netherlands yet both still have a problem with sex slavery. Legalizing it didn't get rid of the problem because it is still a lot cheaper to kidnap girls and use them as forced prostitutes. The legalization of prostitution in 2000 led to a huge increase in big organized crime organizations in the Netherlands leading to the closing of large sections of the Red Light District in 2008-2009.
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    Camikazi , September 6, 2010 7:55 PM
    cat1113My friend uses this site and makes 700-1000 thousand a day yes it is that easy. I am glad it is gone it is a prostitution site tax free.

    Yea cause prostitution is taxed everywhere... (well except for like one state :p )
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    Anonymous , September 6, 2010 8:02 PM
    A possibility no one seems to have considered?

    " ... craigslist, by shuttering adult services for some as-yet undetermined period of time, can accumulate evidence that the adult service ads will simply migrate to other sites — sites that are not policed or as cooperative with authorities as craigslist. And they can then demonstrate that the AGs are making things worse, not better."
    http://www.intotemptation.net/2010/09/06/craigslist-self-censoring-gambit/

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    FoShizzleDizzle , September 6, 2010 8:23 PM
    For some of us it's too little too late. She was twice as fat as in the picture, and she brought her whole family over. THANKFULLY I was smart enough to have us meet at a hotel so I was able to lock her out, but #$&%, what a wasted effort on her part, she drove 4 hours with her whole family, lmfao!
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    back_by_demand , September 6, 2010 9:27 PM
    KageRyuI thought they closed it down last year after a hooker was killed by her customer who she found through Craiglist.

    Jack The Ripper killed 5 prostitutes
    The Yorkshire Ripper killed 13 prostitutes
    Endless serial killers killed an endless list of prostitutes
    Nearly all of them before the internet even existed

    Craigslist is no more responsible for the death a prostitute at the hands of a client than AT&T is responsible for someone getting a prank phone call.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 6, 2010 9:28 PM
    Aww man. No more hot asian porn pictures.
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