alluding to exchanges of cash for sexual services and seeking massage clients are still showing up in Casual Encounters section of Craigslist's websites in New York, Las Vegas and other parts of the country.
The controversial Adult Services section on the classified advertisement site's home was replaced on Friday with a black and white "CENSORED" box that does not link, just days after a group of state attorneys general had released a statement that they believed the section should be eliminated. In the statement, attorneys general in 17 states said the site was aiding in illegal exploitation, prostitution and human trafficking. Craigslist has made no statement since the change to the site, so it is not clear whether the Adult Services section is being removed permanently.
In the past, Craigslist has maintained that the Adult Services section was for legitimate adult services, not prostitution. Craigslist said that it tried to monitor the postings on theand all posted there required vetting and approval.
Craigslist has ly taken steps to reduce misuse and illegal activities. In November the site began requiring a phone and small fee to place an advertisement in the Erotic Services section. In Mayafter coming under further fire from state and local law enforcement from around the country, Craigslist replaced the Erotic Services section of its regional sites with the new Adult Services section.
But many prosecutors and police said the changes were not enough to keep off the website that promoted illegal activity. On Aug. We are working intensively as I write this with experts and thought leaders at leading non-profits and among law enforcement on further substantive measures we can take. The site was embroiled in a related controversy in when Philip Markoff, a Boston University medical student, was charged with the murder of Julissa Brisman, whom he allegedly met through Craigslist's Erotic Services section.
The Erotic Services controversy was heightened earlier this month when two young women identifying themselves as former child prostitutes going by "MC and AK" took out an advertisement in the Washington Post and claimed to have been sold via Craigslist. Buckmaster responded by asking for further details on the arrest of their exploiters and reiterating the site's stance on the subject.
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