Thursday, November 13, 2008

US: Craigslist Agrees to Crack Down on Erotic Ads

NEW YORK, NY - Craigslist, the popular Internet classifieds listing service, agreed on Thursday to crack down on advertisements posted by prostitutes in a pact struck with 40 U.S. states.

The listings site has been under pressure to screen out cyber advertisements that offer sexual services. These listings have given prostitutes easy access to potential clients cruising the Web, law enforcement authorities say.

Craigslist will require that posters of erotic services listings on its site give a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a statement. The site will provide the resulting information in response to law enforcement subpoenas, he said.

"Prostitutes will hopefully stop using Craigslist to break the law, knowing that their posts could lead to arrest and conviction," Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal led the effort to negotiate an agreement and was joined in the pact by 39 other states.

Craigslist, a privately held company, provides classifieds and online forums for more than 550 cities in more than 50 countries, according to its website. The company's terms of use state that advertising illegal services, including prostitution, is prohibited...


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