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Craigslist Shuts Down ''Adult Services'' Section

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.

Do you think Craigslist was right to pull the 'Adult Services' section? Let us know in your comments below!

  • cheemster
    No more giggity giggity goo moments for the 50 year olds.
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  • kageryu
    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
    I'm surprised it took this long.
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  • lukeiamyourfather
    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
    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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  • 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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  • Shame on Craigslist for making a profit at the expense of womens ilegal sexual acts and knowing it!
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  • hakesterman
    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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  • mosu
    Better later than never.A good move.
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  • lambertoz
    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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