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Craigslist to drop ‘erotic services’ ads

May 14, 2009

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— A month after the killing of a masseuse who advertised on Craigslist, the classified ad site announced plans Wednesday to eliminate its “erotic services” category and screen all submissions to a new “adult services” section before they are posted.

Law enforcement officials praised the move as a victory against online prostitution, but they acknowledged doubts about whether the changes will curb the practice.

“I’m not going to take their word for it. We want to see action,” said Dan Gallagher, an attorney representing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who sued Craigslist in March, accusing it of being the nation’s biggest source of prostitution.

The announcement marked a significant policy change for Craigslist, which in the past has never pre-screened ads, choosing instead to remove them only after receiving complaints. The new adult services ads will also carry a fee.

Comments

lawthing 5 years, 7 months ago

But where or where will they post the naked pictures of themselves now?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

Those with teenagers can ask them for instructions.

KansasVoter 5 years, 7 months ago

We just need to legalize prostitution so that it can be regulated and taxed. Prostitution will never be stopped, so why not make it safer for everyone?

gogoplata 5 years, 7 months ago

Prostitution is bad. Government intervention is worse.

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