Craigslist: 'Spectacular' decline in erotic services listings

Craigslist: 'Spectacular' decline in erotic services listings

Summary: Craigslist, which is under fire from a lawsuit launched Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff Thomas Dart, has detailed its efforts with reducing "erotic services" listings on its site since it struck a deal with state authorities. In a blog post, Craigslist detailed its progress in ridding the site of illegal erotic services listings since it struck a deal in November with 40 U.

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Craigslist, which is under fire from a lawsuit launched Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff Thomas Dart, has detailed its efforts with reducing "erotic services" listings on its site since it struck a deal with state authorities. 

In a blog post, Craigslist detailed its progress in ridding the site of illegal erotic services listings since it struck a deal in November with 40 U.S. Attorneys General and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, who noted in a previous post that he was mystified by Dart's lawsuit, said the company has been remiss in touting its progress on curbing illegal activity. 

Buckmaster offered this graphical proof:

Buckmaster concluded:

Beyond the enormous reduction in ad volume, the ads that remain on the site are much improved in their compliance with our Terms of Use and local laws, in part due to screening measures developed in collaboration with the Attorneys General and law enforcement.

In this same time span, craigslist staff have continued to work closely with law enforcement agencies across the country to vigorously pursue those engaged in the horrific crimes of human trafficking and exploitation of minors.

Finally, net revenue is accumulating from the fees now required of those posting under “erotic services,” 100% of which is earmarked for donation to worthy charities, and we will soon be in position to begin distributing these funds.

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  • but no crackdown on scams

    I don't care much 'the girls' services', but i care more about scammers.
    The law enforcement has its priorities twisted.
    Linux Geek
    • Its not law enforcements duty to police craigslist.

      Craiglist does post examples of fraud and those who educate themselves, will be able to easily avoid fraud.

      Street smarts are also handy... think of it like an online flee market.. you're gonna have some bad apples there, you just need to pick through them.
      Been_Done_Before
  • The lawsuit is BS and i am sure the judge will toss it

    Whats taking soo long though?
    Been_Done_Before
  • RE: Craigslist: 'Spectacular' decline in erotic services listings

    Consenting adults should be left alone and Sheriff Thomas Dart sent to Afganistan to join the Taliban.
    goeggel1
  • RE: Craigslist: 'Spectacular' decline in erotic services listings

    It's too bad nobody has decided to crack down on the illegal software sold on Craigslist. It's a haven for ill got software. The erotic services will always be around no matter what you do.
    ememi
    • Yeah, that's the stupid thing about it

      Right there on Craigslist, available for anyone to see, and they want the ads taken down, rather than use it as a database for finding copyright infringement or whatnot.

      Don't use it, hide it. (Duh.)

      A little backwards.
      seanferd
    • "ill got software" ?!?!?

      I never knew ... I'll be sure to visit CL next time I want some programs and don't want to pay retail! :-D

      Or, more realistically, I'd simply download whatever I want via a P2P program for free. Seriously ... who sells/buys "ill got" software on Craig's List? Are there really any people that ignorant?
      Gravyboat McGee
      • Huh?

        Let's see - an article on erotic services postings on
        Craigs List apparently brought you out from under the
        bridge to troll here about software?

        I'm make it simple - are you out of your mind - or is
        this simply caused by overuse of substances.

        Get a life man.
        done9
      • people that ignorant?

        well a number of them supposedly buying and selling the ill gotten programs will tend to wear a nice blue outfit sporting a shiny badge as well. If you read some of the earlier articles about craiglist's erotic ads , the police placed fake sex ads and responded to them to capture those involved. Certainly the same approach holds the same merit in other fields of potentially illegal activity on craig's list.
        tremorfireheart