State AGs to meet with Craiglist over sex ads

State AGs to meet with Craiglist over sex ads

Summary: Attorneys general from three states - Missouri, Illinois and Connecticut - are expected to meet today with executives from Craigslist in an effort to bring an end to the solicitation for illegal sexual activities being advertised on the classifieds site."It is blatant.

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Attorneys general from three states - Missouri, Illinois and Connecticut - are expected to meet today with executives from Craigslist in an effort to bring an end to the solicitation for illegal sexual activities being advertised on the classifieds site.

"It is blatant. It is irresponsible. It is illegal," Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement. The group will meet today in New York, according to an AP report.

Craigslist has been under fire lately over the ads, which solicit or offer sexual encounters - often for money.

Last month, the New York Times published an in-depth story about the dark alleys of the online world where people recklessly seek sex and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a news account about how child prostitution continues to flourish on craigslist, despite law enforcement efforts to curtail it. And then, there's the high-profile case of Boston medical student Phillip Markoff, who has been accused of killing a woman he reportedly met in the erotic services section of craigslist, earning him the nickname “The Craigslist Killer.”

Also see: Craigslist rival uses Twitter to expose dangers of CL's red-light district

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  • the real question is...

    why is the prostitution illegal in first place?
    Make it legal and safe, tax it, and everyone is happy.
    It is oldest trade mankind can remember and US is trending toward a service based economy anyways.
    Linux Geek
    • The problem is that in the case cited

      is that children are being slaved out.

      I agree to some degree with you that there should be a way to mitigate some of this to make it safe, and maybe even a legitmized economy, but What the answer is I am not sure. If not just to find some way to allow people a way out of prostitution if they are in it unwillingly.

      Like I said don't have a good answer.
      xXSpeedzXx
      • if you legalize it...

        ...you can also regulate it, to some extent. The older "professionals" would out the sex slave and underage people because they are competition, if nothing else. Pimps could be cut out of the business. Disease could be checked. As one poster mentioned, taxes could be levied.

        Take the crime out of it and a lot of the truly miserable practices actually become the crime and can be stopped.

        It's that simple. Just have to be pragmatic rather than moralistic. You can't dictate morals anyway and you don't get rewards for trying to. You get misery in society.
        ca1ic0cat
      • not quite

        it's very, very hard to get forced prostitutes out. most of the time, they will be forced to do hard drugs to keep them needy. and then there are all the psychological variables. what you should have said was: if not just to find some way to keep women from getting trapped in it.

        human trafficking is still large and alive, and where/what do you think those women end up being?

        maybe prostitution should be legalized so my people and other people wouldn't be a target market commodity for american business people. then they won't have to be called "massage parlors" anymore.
        midenginedrift
    • answer to 'the real question'...

      ...it's still illegal because there are too
      many religious/republican nut-jobs who kill
      attempts at legalization. It was tried
      recently in San Francisco but failed. They
      don't get that it's GOING to continue to
      happen, just as it has for thousands of years,
      whether it's legal or not. I agree that it
      should be legalized, taxed, regulated and
      monitored. It's going to happen whether we
      want it to or not. At least if it's legalized,
      the county/state/govmnt can benefit from taxes
      on it just like with cigarettes.

      It doesn't really matter if it's on craigslist
      or not. If it gets moved off of there, it will
      just end up somewhere else. It's not going
      away. If law enforcement really wants to do
      something about it, they should start using
      craigslist to try to find the underage
      prostitutes. Instead of getting rid of it, use
      it to their advantage....
      dudge669
      • Exactly right.

        Just for grins and giggles, I checked out some of those ads - and all I gotta say is DAMN! They're not hiding much of anything!

        But the irony of it all - they've already got competing web sites advertising on CL - using this prosecution to scare customers their way.
        Wolfie2K3
    • Sex between consenting adults ...

      ... is not the government's business, whether or not it involves a financial transaction.

      TRiG.
      Timothy (TRiG)
  • it's a scam

    "Craigslist has been under fire lately over the ads, which solicit or offer sexual encounters - often for money."

    LAUGHING MY ASS OFF !!!!!!!

    this is so old its a sick bunch of losers.

    looking to scare people into job security.
    reminds me of the LDS,,,

    ha ha ha ha ha
    so,funny,AG,DA,FBI,CDC,..etc.
    have a nice life mortals ...
    not of this world
  • RE: State AGs to meet with Craiglist over sex ads

    Outrageous, absolutely disgusting. And they completely
    capitulated, too. My full opinion at http://casualencounters.com/blog/2009/05/13/craigslist
    -says-it-will-drop-erotic-services-ads/
    casualencounters
  • An alternative

    I totally agree, opting to use personal ads on a classifieds site is probably a bad idea.

    AmericanListed, http://www.americanlisted.com/
    consider personal safty important, that's why we don't use personal ads.

    AmericanListed offers you a free, no hazzle, and a local classifieds page on a national level.
    americanlisted
  • RE: State AGs to meet with Craiglist over sex ads

    Try using blockwild.com. It's FREE. It requires registration to post in order to get some accountability (you can use facebook connect to sign-up / sign-in) and has no personals or flagging. It uses a local map to search, post and aggregate local content, such as: community events, classified ads, social groups, rentals and jobs. You can even search local Yelp reviews by checking the Yelp box and searching keywords like coffee, bbq, sushi, or salon like you would on Yelp.

    The idea behind BlockWild is that the people most likely to buy your stuff, attend your event, or rent your apartment are right in your own neighborhood - or they know someone who will.

    Its local map interface and keyword search format get rid of the regional, hierarchical list format you see on craigslist and all of its copycat sites.

    When it comes to a location for your post you can be as general or as specific as you want to be with its drag-and-drop thumbtack feature. Just drop the pushpin in the middle of your block and name the location something like 'the 200 block of Elm'. Or use the closest intersection as your address. Close enough for people to know where you are if they are in the neighborhood or passing through but they won't know exactly where you live.

    Since it's user-generated content there may not be much at your location but try searching in San Francisco, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle or Portland.

    Give it a try and post a classified or share a local event you know of with your community. You can even share your post (or any post you see) through twitter or facebook.
    aquavelva