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BY JIM FLINK

 

“Craigslist is like the Wal-Mart of on-line sex trafficking right now in this country.” (CNN)

It’s an allegation long heard.  Now confirmed, as attorneys general from 17 states ask Craigslist to crack down on adult sex ads.  

We’re analyzing coverage from CNN, The Boston Herald, The National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose and Reason.com.

CNN did a special investigation on the use of Craigslist and adult advertisements, noting that while Craigslist says it monitors and takes down such sites, finding them in plain daylight, wasn’t hard at all.

“But when we looked through the ads, most of them were pretty blatent.  Look at that.  She’s just sitting there in her underwear.  On a single day last week, we counted 7,000 adult services ads in the major metropolitan areas where Craigslist is most active. Dozens had photos with young looking females.  Dozens more had words that used youth as a selling point.”

In a letter to the Boston Herald, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says, the AG’s are targeting Craigslist unfairly, while ignoring long-standing players in the advertising spectrum.

“... to our knowledge, Craigslist is more intensively moderating ads posted to its adult services category than are any of the countless other advertising venues, online or offline, that carry such ads.”

Buckmaster sang a different tune to the National Journal online, telling the Tech Daily Dose, it will address the issues, but not only because of political pressure.

"Abdicating our responsibilities in the face of this demand would be a disaster for the very societal issues the AGs hope to address. It would encourage the notion that government censorship can address complex societal challenges that will be met only through thoughtful, sustained investment in our communities."

In an article entitled “Attorneys General Demand That Craigslist Stop Offending Them,” Jacob Sullum says some attorneys general must have run out of other crimes to prosecute.

“I've heard similar allegations about the ‘Escort Service’ and ‘Massage’ sections in the yellow pages, but I don't recall any attorneys general trying to bully AT&T into dropping them, probably because the ads are more attractive and slightly more subtle. It's all a matter of taste, I guess.”

So, what do you think?  Is it about time there was a crackdown on sex ads on Craigslist?  Or is this misdirected, and futile?

Attorneys General Target Craigslist Adult Services

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Aug 27, 2010

Attorneys General Target Craigslist Adult Services

(Thumbnail Image: WFTS)

 

 

BY JIM FLINK

 

“Craigslist is like the Wal-Mart of on-line sex trafficking right now in this country.” (CNN)

It’s an allegation long heard.  Now confirmed, as attorneys general from 17 states ask Craigslist to crack down on adult sex ads.  

We’re analyzing coverage from CNN, The Boston Herald, The National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose and Reason.com.

CNN did a special investigation on the use of Craigslist and adult advertisements, noting that while Craigslist says it monitors and takes down such sites, finding them in plain daylight, wasn’t hard at all.

“But when we looked through the ads, most of them were pretty blatent.  Look at that.  She’s just sitting there in her underwear.  On a single day last week, we counted 7,000 adult services ads in the major metropolitan areas where Craigslist is most active. Dozens had photos with young looking females.  Dozens more had words that used youth as a selling point.”

In a letter to the Boston Herald, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says, the AG’s are targeting Craigslist unfairly, while ignoring long-standing players in the advertising spectrum.

“... to our knowledge, Craigslist is more intensively moderating ads posted to its adult services category than are any of the countless other advertising venues, online or offline, that carry such ads.”

Buckmaster sang a different tune to the National Journal online, telling the Tech Daily Dose, it will address the issues, but not only because of political pressure.

"Abdicating our responsibilities in the face of this demand would be a disaster for the very societal issues the AGs hope to address. It would encourage the notion that government censorship can address complex societal challenges that will be met only through thoughtful, sustained investment in our communities."

In an article entitled “Attorneys General Demand That Craigslist Stop Offending Them,” Jacob Sullum says some attorneys general must have run out of other crimes to prosecute.

“I've heard similar allegations about the ‘Escort Service’ and ‘Massage’ sections in the yellow pages, but I don't recall any attorneys general trying to bully AT&T into dropping them, probably because the ads are more attractive and slightly more subtle. It's all a matter of taste, I guess.”

So, what do you think?  Is it about time there was a crackdown on sex ads on Craigslist?  Or is this misdirected, and futile?

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