Craigslist Under Fire for Prostitution Ads

April 04, 2008 12:54 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Connecticut's attorney general slams Craigslist for failing to patrol visitors who use the site to facilitate prostitution, despite efforts by the site to clean up its act.

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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sent a letter on Thursday to Craigslist’s lawyer, Barry Reingold, asking that the Web site address the problem of prostitution services being advertised on the site. 

“I am astonished and appalled by Craigslist’s refusal to recognize the reality of prostitution on its Web site—despite advertisements containing graphic photographs and hourly rates, and widespread public reports of prostitutes using the site,” wrote Blumenthal.

In response, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster pointed out that the company has recently taken measures to monitor erotic service ads, and will make further improvements in monitoring the site in the future.

“Mr. Blumenthal’s office is aware of these improvements, and we are disappointed that he has not recognized the tremendous progress we are making,” Buckmaster said.

Craigslist, which has been criticized in the past, has recently been in the news again for several instances of visitors using the site to commit crimes.

In Oregon, a 33-year-old man was recently arrested for a hoax in which he listed an infant for sale. Another resident of the state lost most of his belongings when a couple trying to cover up a burglary posted a false ad saying he was giving all of his possessions away for free.

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch says that Craigslist is simply a mirror of our society, reflecting both the good and the bad.

“Craigslist has it all—sex, drugs, humiliation and more,” Arrington writes. “But for the most part Craigslist is just a really good place to find a job, or a boyfriend, or to buy cheap furniture for your dorm room.”

Headline Link: ‘Craigslist Slammed for Hosting Prostitution Ads’

Reaction: The Craigslist blog

Background: The Dark Side of Craigslist

Related topics: Baby for sale and house ransacked

Opinion: ‘Craigslist is Our Mirror, Nothing Better (or Worse)’

Reference: Craigslist

Video link: ‘Fake Craigslist Post Leads to Arrests’


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