Craigslist’s online classified service made a bold move today to censor its adult services ad section. Those looking for the “adult services” section discovered the word “censored” in its place on Saturday.
Many online offers were thinly veiled “services” for anything from $50 for a half-hour to $400 an hour. According to CNN, those accessing the account outside the U.S. today were still able to gain entry to the erotic services link – see screenshot from Canadian Craigslist site below.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal led the charge for his state, along with 16 other AG’s from Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virgiania.
Blumenthal said: “These prostitution ads enable human trafficking and assaults on women. They are flagrant and rampant. Craigslist has lacked the wherewithal or will to effectively screen them out.”
Just one week after accused “Craigslist Killer” Phillip Markoff committed suicide in jail, the group drafted their joint letter urging Craigslist to discontinue what they considered a high tech marketplace for prostitution.
Another Craigslist murderer, Michael John Anderson, killed Katherine Olson when she answered a classified ad for a nanny position in Minneapolis.
The Smiley Face Killer, a serial killer of college students, is still at large.
Canadian Craigslist screenshot and video below: