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Kansas joins effort to remove adult services from Craigslist

August 24, 2010


— State attorneys general nationwide are demanding that Craigslist remove its adult services section because they say the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads.

Several attorneys general, including Connecticut, Ohio and Missouri, announced Tuesday that they have sent a joint letter calling on the classified advertising website to get rid of its adult services category. A total of 17 states are involved.

The attorneys general say Craigslist is not completely screening out ads that promote prostitution and child trafficking. The site creators pledged in 2008 to improve their policing efforts.

Other states joining the effort:

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island,
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

San Francisco-based Craigslist did not immediately return a call.


whats_going_on 3 years, 7 months ago

Ok, well THIS isn't funny, child trafficking and the like, but the legit adults who actually post on there looking for action are hilaaaaaarious.


lynn84 3 years, 7 months ago

First of all, I could be wrong but is Craigslist not free? That is my question for the person ranting about companies not wanting to give up a profit to save underage girls. I have sold/purchased things from the site and have never had to pay anything to the site.

Second of all, I agree human trafficking is a horrible thing but does anyone really think that making Craiglist remove the "adult services" tab is going to solve anything? You do not think that they will post under other "for sale" tabs or in newspapers in codes that most of us are oblivious to anyway? This has been going on for many years and I am sure that Craigslist is not the culprit. For me this is the equivolent of blaming the store owner for the child kidnapped from the parking lot. Maybe they could have had more security but ultimately it is not the store's fault. It is the kidnapper that is the deviant.

Lastly, I believe in free speech. That means that as much as I would spend my life fighting against what 'you' are saying, I will give my life fighting for your right to say it! I do find it amusing that most 'people' are anti-government until someone says or does something that they disagree with and then it is all about government intervention!!


emaw 3 years, 7 months ago

"I don't pay prostitutes for sex....I pay them to leave afterwards" Charlie Sheen lol


yankeevet 3 years, 7 months ago

Adult services are cheaper then being


jihadist 3 years, 7 months ago

where am i going to get my topless housecleaners now?


somedude20 3 years, 7 months ago

LJW is just as good as craig's list so:

SWM is looking for SF under 40 (mothers need not reply) who likes to party and have a good time. I do not mind curves (in fact I love em) but fat girls need not reply. I enjoy women who have both of their legs and a fine set of chompers but that is all negotiable. Heck, I could go on and on but I will let my boy Rupert take it from here: "If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain. If you're not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain. If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape. I'm the man you've looked for, write to me, and escape"


bearded_gnome 3 years, 7 months ago

Bob_Keeshan (anonymous) replies …

bearded_gnome, defender of child trafficking.

That 11 year old girl has it coming to her, right? She's just a trollop, right?

---Whoa Bob! next time, leave the PCP off of your Wheaties, okay? my post had more to do with the democrat AG of Kansas.


Kirk Larson 3 years, 7 months ago

We should adopt the Amsterdam model. Prostitutes should be licensed and registered. They should have regular health screenings and be required to use condoms. They can form collectives to keep the pimps out of the picture. That way it's taxed, controlled, safe, and no underage kids are involved


consumer1 3 years, 7 months ago

isn't the Pitch just as guilty? There is some sick stuff in there!!


BigPrune 3 years, 7 months ago

They should ban ugly people from posting these ads but require the advertiser have a photo displayed. That should put an end to it.


denak 3 years, 7 months ago

Two years ago, Craigslist entered into an agreement with 42 Attorney Generals to monitor and help eliminate ads that victimized children and encourage human trafficking. Since then, Craigslist has repeatedly failed to comply with this agreement. When confronted by news organizations, they have repeatedly tried to shift the blame onto law enforcement rather than take responsibility for these ads and work in conjunction with law enforcement to confront the issue of forced prostitution. Regardless of what one thinks about "consensual" adult prostitution, it is abhorrent to do nothing to minimize the suffering of unwilling men, women and children when one has the power to do so even if doing so cuts into one's lucrative profit margin.

Moreover, the 2008 agreement as well as this recent demand to "cease and desist" is no an infringement on the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment does not protect illegal activity. One could argue that these ads present a "clear and present" danger to the trafficked individual and that the state has a compelling interest in curbing or prohibiting any ads that facilitate the victimization of these individuals.

Furthermore, since Craiglist is an Internet based media, as opposed to a print media, the scope of the illegal activity is bigger. Unlike the Pitch that advertises local prostitution and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the individual state, the vastness of the internet allows for people to be trafficked over state lines or even national borders making it a federal and international crime.

Lastly, contrary to what some people think, the Attorney General is not all of a sudden jumping on a politically convenient bandwagon. In January, the Attorney General's office created a task force to deal with the issue of human trafficking in Kansas.

If you want to read what the Attorney General's office has to say about this recent development with Craigslist, please feel free to go to his web page at



Bailey Perkins 3 years, 7 months ago

Ordering Craigslist and other media outlets to stop offering such ads would be an infringment on First Amendment rights. Yes this is screwed up, but you need to understand the legality issues. The only way to stop the problem would be for law enforcement to catch the misleading sellings of an ad or the act in process....or something of the sort.


Bob Kraxner 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't any of you people realize that most of the sex ads on Craigslist are designed to lead you to another website, which infects your pc with spam/viruses via your e-mail ? And those that don't lead you to porn sites are just sting operations designed to bust people looking for sex. Nobody says a damn thing about all the ads in the pitch, or all the ads for escort services/massages in the phone book...


mdrndgtl 3 years, 7 months ago

I have to be honest with you, prostitutes, I love them. I can't imagine a world without Craigslist and easy to find, ever-willing prostitutes. And the variety! Don't even get me started.


bearded_gnome 3 years, 7 months ago

So, ... Steve Six will sue here ... but he wouldn't sue to stop Obama's health insurance debacle that will harm far more people than the sexy ads on Craigslist... priorities, man!

... oh, I get it after a little thought: you go on Craigslist hire some trollop by the hour. then once obamacare is in, you get free treatment for the crabs, herpies, and the big nasty eruption you don't know what the heck it is! and you get treatment but it's so difficult to see an actual doctor. you're only treated by a receptionist/nursepractitioner who examines you for 49-seconds.

okay, now I see Steve's logic.


defenestrator 3 years, 7 months ago

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Shardwurm 3 years, 7 months ago


This is just another government agency telling us how we should live our lives.

Tell you don't want to be raped and killed? Don't advertise on Craigslist or jog through Central Park at 1am by yourself.



Gareth 3 years, 7 months ago

More "the internet is scary" witch-hunting BS, which will eventually be used as an excuse to put walls up around all content -- walls that will (surprise, surprise) have to be paid to pass through.

Corporations slept while the internet grew, and now they want to figure out a way to make it 100% montetized, rather than what developed freely. They're using their paid-for politicians to drum up fear, so that the sheep in this country will accept regulation to "make us safe."

It's disgusting.

Craigslist isn't doing anything that you can't find in the back of The Pitch and other newspapers, or even in some phone books under "escort services." Yet you don't hear a peep about that -- because it's not "The SCARY Internet", which they tell us is filled with child predators and cyber-terrorists.

Don't roll over for this crap, America.


slowplay 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's look at this from another angle. Why not use Craigslist as a catalyst to catch these perverts in action. They are obviously posting numbers or locations to set up a rendezvous. It seems like the police would get more bang for their undercover efforts by simply responding to the ad and making the bust. A few of those would go a long way in preventing further postings.


Stuart Evans 3 years, 7 months ago

Why is prostitution illegal? the bad parts of prostitution are brought on by the black market. If everything was regulated, there would be a major reduction in trafficking, as well as spread of disease.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 7 months ago

I just looked at Craig's List for the first time. Was never interested before I saw this witch hunt article. I did not see any "adult srvices" in the listing. Am I missing something? Or is someone running for office again??


edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like more K2 type hysteria.


LJ Whirled 3 years, 7 months ago

Time to get that stuff off the web and back on the street corners where it belongs!

Must be election season.


scott3460 3 years, 7 months ago

Your taxes are higher to support these sorts of efforts. Lawyers and litigation are not cheap. Law enforcement resources are available and used to prosecute the abuses alleged in the article. The time, money and resource wasted on outlawing free speech, however, would be better used providing vital government services.


HedleyLamarrr 3 years, 7 months ago

it seems like this law would have some 1st Amendment issues


Flap Doodle 3 years, 7 months ago

Carbon-based life form seeks similar carbon-based life form for saucy antics. Must have pelican suit. Please, no freaks.


pizzapete 3 years, 7 months ago

And I hope they are removing any mention of evolution while they're at it.


Agnostick 3 years, 7 months ago

Interesting... "profile"... on the list, and its founder:

Maybe it's the writing, but he really comes off as kind of a goob.


Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 7 months ago

MC is a 17-year-old girl who says she was repeatedly sold for sex through ads on Craigslist. In open letters published as newspaper ads, she has beseeched Newmark to shut down the site's lucrative "adult services" section, which law-enforcement officials and advocates say facilitates prostitution and child trafficking.

"I was first forced into prostitution when I was 11 years old by a 28-year-old man," she wrote. "I am not an exception."

Andrea Powell, head of Fair Fund, a District-based group that works with girls and teens who have been sold for sex, calls Craigslist "the Wal-Mart of online sex trafficking." She said most of the young people she works with are sold through the site, which has 20 billion page views a month.


Horace 3 years, 7 months ago

Its clear that CDA 230 shields craigslist from liability. See e.g.

The AGs are grandstanding and their time would be better spent fighting exploitation from another angle. What's that phrase about not worrying about the things you can't control?


macon47 3 years, 7 months ago

most of the stuff i see on craigs list is either terribly overpriced or just plain junk not worth listing


sad_lawrencian 3 years, 7 months ago

I think there are better things they can be doing then telling a private website how to run itself. Craigslist is hardly the problem everyone makes it out to be.


igby 3 years, 7 months ago

Who cares about this? Adult services are adult services! Adults don't need the AG's office telling them what not to look at. It's not child porn or terrorist networking.

But Spammers should be killed!

Hundreds of them, Spammers, from real estate grubbing sales agents to grant peddlers, they all pounce on you like your some kind of targeted prey. Just run an add on Craig's list and you'll see just what I referring too.

Why not do something right for a change and get rid of the Spammers!


jamieg99 3 years, 7 months ago

Why just target online media for this market? Print classifieds have been advertising "massage services" that are prostitutes, perhaps child prostitutes, for years. So, why now, and why online only? I support cracking down, especially when this behavior is between people who may not be consenting adults, but perhaps we should cast a wider and more effective net.


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