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In Septemberthe company removed the adult services category from its U. Craigslist has not released a statement regarding the removal of the category. Although the millions the company used to make from them has dried up. The company has come under exceptional public scrutiny for the section, with anti-human trafficking groups claiming that the promote prostitution.
Craigslist says it is the 7th most visited English-language website in the world and receives more than 20 billion views a month. The criticism of this aspect of the site came to a head in August, when attorneys general from 17 states wrote a letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark, urging the company to make changes.
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. Because craigslist cannot, or will not, adequately screen theseit should stop accepting them altogether and shut down the Adult Services section.
In September, the website removed the adult services category in America. But regardless of the measures taken by Craigslist and regardless of what the company guidelines say cannot be posted to the site — paying for sex is still just a click away.
Click on any of the above links and you are directed to a daily archive where advertisements date back 45 days in Hawaii. Not all of the are seeking money for sex and not all are explicit, but many are incredibly blunt and obviously promote prostitution and violate Craigslist guidelines, let alone a policy Craigslist says it implemented in May of having a lawyer review every ad posted to the Adult Services section of the website to make sure they follow posting guidelines.
Using the federal Communications Decency ActCraigslist has largely avoided any legal culpability from publishing lewd listings. The act has been interpreted to say that publishers of websites can not be held able for material posted to websites by third parties.
The website also says it took other measures to ensure that no illegal postings were made. In an entry from the company blog written in August, Craigslist discussed some of the steps it took. The company did not respond to interview requests from Civil Beat.
But the found on the Hawaii site in the personals section certainly indicate that no screening is occurring. Here are some examples of the images that pass muster with Craigslist.
Craigslist also said that it would work with local law enforcement to help stop online prostitution. However, the companies are at odds over a of issues, which are before the courts.
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Warning: Some content in this article is extremely explicit. Civil Beat found several examples of seeking sex for money. Some of these appear below.
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