CNN -- Online classified service Craigslist's decision to censor its adult services section is a "good step but a continuing battle has to be fought," a leader in the fight against prostitution said on Sunday. Blumenthal said he wants to broaden his fight against online prostitution but that "right now our focus is really on Craigslist.
Craigslist has lacked the wherewithal or will to effectively screen them out. The section that usually re "adult services" on Craigslist was replaced Saturday by the word "censored.
It was not clear whether Craigslist removed the adult services and replaced them with the "censored" section, which had a link that was not active. But for users who accessed the outside the United States, the adult services link was still active.
Senate in Connecticut as a Democrat. He said that he would try to change federal laws to make it easier to prosecute sites like Craigslist.
In the August 24 letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark, the attorneys general wrote: "The increasingly sharp public criticism of Craigslist's Adult Services section reflects a growing recognition that for prostitution -- including trafficking children -- are rampant on it. Blumenthal said on Sunday that attorneys general from three more states have ed his campaign against Craigslist's adult services. Blumenthal didn't say which attorneys general ed the initial list of A Craigslist spokeswoman said at the time that the site agreed with at least some of the letter.
In their letter, the attorneys general highlighted an open letter, which appeared as a Washington Post ad, in which two girls said they were sold for sex on Craigslist. When the ad came out, Buckmaster wrote a blog post in response that said, "Craigslist is anxious to know that the perpetrators in these girls' cases are behind bars.
The letter also highlighted a report in May by CNN's Amber Lyon, who posted a fake ad for a girl's services in the adult section. She received 15 calls soliciting sex in three hours.
Earlier this month, Lyon interviewed a woman named "Jessica" who sells sex on Craigslist. The woman said a Craigslist ad was "the fastest, quickest way you're for sure going to see somebody that day.
In a later blog post, Buckmaster said Craigslist implemented manual screening of adult services in May He said the attorneys are trained to enforce Craigslist's posting guidelines, "which are stricter than those typically used by yellow s, newspapers, or any other company that we are aware of. Markoff was charged with the April killing of Julissa Brisman.
Boston Police said that Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist, and Markoff might have met her through the website. Inunder pressure from state prosecutors, the website raised the fees for posting adult services. Init started donating portions of the money generated by adult to charity.
A CNN investigation of Craigslist's adult services section, which replaced "erotic services " two years ago, counted more than 7, in a single day. Share this on:.
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