Craigslist Backs Down: Removes Erotic Services Section

May 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Craigslist announced today it plans to remove its heavily criticized erotic services section from its site within seven days. Craigslist was under intense pressure in recent weeks by various state law enforcement authorities, calling for Craigslist to implement additional safeguards to prevent illegal prostitution ads showing up in its erotic services section, including a lawsuit brought by Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart.

Craigslist apparently felt the intense heat from its critics and backed down, despite insisting just a few days ago it had no plans to remove its erotic services section from its popular Internet classifieds site.

Craigslist announced today it will no longer publish any new ads in its erotic services section, and will remove the entire section permanently within seven says. Craigslist plans to create an adult services section, instead where each ad will be manually approved before it’s published. Most of its ads now, are immediately posted without first being approved.

Craigslist will charge a fee of $10.00 for an ad in its new adult services section, which is a hefty increase from its $5.00 fee for the soon to be defunct erotic services section.

In a recent interview with ABC news Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark denied claims that the site “facilitates” prostitution and said he has no plans to remove the “erotic services” section. Craigslist CEO, Jim Buckmaster recently met with several states attorneys general, including Illinois, Connecticut and Missouri to listen to their concerns regarding the erotic services section.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan referred to the erotic services section as an “Internet Brothel.”

With the media frenzy surrounding Philip Markoff, the so called Craigslist killer, who answered an ad in the erotic services section, luring masseuse Julissa Brisman to a Boston hotel room and viciously robbed and murdered her, Craigslist came under intense public pressure to remove its erotic ads.

In its announcement today Craigslist insists, “…craigslist classifieds is associated with far lower rates of violent crime than print classifieds.” However, it decided to experiment with a legal adult services model, which is “traditionally employed in paid print classifieds.”

Craigslist thanked law enforcement and the states’ attorneys general for their input and particularly thanked the Electronic Frontier Foundation for their vigorous support of Craigslist throughout all of the media criticism.

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3 Responses to “Craigslist Backs Down: Removes Erotic Services Section”

  1. Mike on May 14th, 2009 1:48 am

    I think that the ads will just move to another site or possibly another section on craigslist. My guess is that the erotic ads will move to the bicycle section of craigslist. The ads can use cycling related vocabulary (tune-up, chain waxing, recumbent rides) to mask their real intent from law enforcement.

  2. TDoc on May 14th, 2009 6:13 pm

    This is simply a never-ending problem. It’s simply like other vicious services on the Internet that you can’t get rid of because of the super large volume of activities. Porn sites, illegal file-sharing programs, you name it. The Internet is just a channel of distribution. The origin of the problem lies in the minds of those who use it. Take good care of your kids, wives, husbands, so that they wouldn’t go seek temporary emotional/physical fulfillment from somewhere else.

    Check out this video to hear what people say about this story, all in one: http://www.newsy.com/videos/craigslist_crackdown/

  3. jenny on October 17th, 2009 11:32 pm

    all they did was change the name.

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