Craigslist, the popular online classified ad service, has seemingly shut down its controversial "adult services" section worldwide. In early September, Craigslist shuttered that section in the U. The section included ads for legal quasi-sexual services and thinly veiled ads for prostitution.
Craig Newmark began the service in as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.
Craigslist said on Wednesday that it had permanently closed the section of its sites in the United States that carried sex-related advertising, but it defended its right to carry such advertisements as well as its efforts to fight sex trafficking. William Clinton Powell, director of customer and law enforcement relations at Craigslist, and Elizabeth L. Powell said.
Merrit Kennedy. Craigslist said Friday that it is taking the site's personals section offline. AP hide caption.
Craigslist's Adult Services section may be gone after pressure from 17 state attorneys generalbut was the site's apparent decision to self-censor a good idea? The 17 state attorneys general and their supporters probably think so. In an open letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster the state lawyers said that illegal ads on Craigslist created a " virtual certainty that someone will be victimized.
Craigslist may have officially shut down its Erotic Services section in favor of a less prostitution-friendly "Adult" area, but what prostitution did exist on the site is still alive and well. Not only that, but the changes may have made the world's oldest profession a little more dangerous for working girls, at least according to those who do business on the site. The Erotic Services section used to be rife with listings containing nude or semi-nude pics and explicit descriptions of the available services.
The internet learned that lesson the hard way in March when Craigslist announced that it would be pulling its personals section in response to Senate bill H. Don't worry, the beloved Missed Connections section is still alive and well, and has a new home in Craigslist's community section. The move shocked users everywhere, primarily because the site and its personals seemed like an untouchable staple of the early internet.
The internet, which has been with us for over the three decades now, really did change a lot of the things that we do, think, and believe. But maybe, the most impactful thing that the internet has changed, is how we meet, date, find casual partners, and hook up with others. Craigslist made all the casual meetings through the internet plausible, fast, and simple. The Personal Ads section made it very easy and approachable for people to find someone like them.
Craigslist may have self-censored the Adult Services section of its U. Ads 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 homepage 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.
The "adult services" listing on Craiglist was removed late Friday from its U. Craigslist did not announce the move and its blog was not updated as of Saturday morning. Craigslist did not immediately respond to e-mail and voice mail messages seeking comment. Adult services listings continue to be available outside the United States.