States Take Aim at Craigslist's Adult Services

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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States Take Aim at Craigslist's Adult Services

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Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster.

State attorneys general from across the country are demanding Craigslist remove its adult services section because the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads.
     
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday that he and colleagues in 16 other states have sent a joint letter calling on the classified advertising website to get rid of its adult services category.

The attorneys general say Craigslist is not completely screening out ads that promote prostitution and child trafficking, despite a 2008 pledge by the site's creators that they would improve their policing efforts. The controversy has drawn people to protest outside the San Francisco headquarters of the company.

Other states joining the effort are Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

A call to a spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Craigslist was not immediately returned Tuesday.
 

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