December 22, 2010

Craigslist Removes Adult Services Section Worldwide

Connecticut's attorney general said on Tuesday that Craigslist has confirmed that it has removed its controversial adult services section from its international sites, four months after it did the same for its U.S. sites.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was one of many officials that helped bring down the adult services section in the U.S. in September.

Blumenthal says Craigslist representatives confirmed to his office on Tuesday that it had removed erotic services listings from hundreds of sites in dozens of other countries.

He called the company's decision a victory against sexual exploitation of women and children, and against human trafficking connected to prostitution.

"This move is another important step in the ongoing fight to more effectively screen and stop pernicious prostitution ads," he said.

Craigslist replaced the adult services section's link on U.S. sites with a black-and-white "censored" bar on September 4 after Blumenthal and 16 other state attorneys general sent a joint letter to the website demanding it to be removed.

A Craigslist official told U.S. lawmakers during a House Judiciary Committee panel a few weeks later that the website has no plans to resume its adult services section.

Craigslist has been under criticism from prosecutors for years.  It tried to police the postings on its adult services page by charging a fee to post the ads and requiring them to be vetted and approved.

The section carried ads for a variety of erotic services, including personal massages and a night's companionship, which critics say veered into prostitution.


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