Craigslist is dropping the "erotic services" portion of it's site due to pressure from impending lawsuits and a murder linked to the site.
Unfortunately, the fix is nothing more than lip service. The category will simply be renamed and Craigslist will charge an additional fee for its use. Additionally, Craigslist employees will monitor posts before they appear online, something for which Craigslist has been criticized since adult advertising on the site started. Police in numerous states have used Craigslist as a tool to set up prostitution "stings" and the fact that sex is available on Craigslist is well-known. Is Craigslist worried?
Probably not. According to Craigslist attorney, Eric Brandfonbrener, appearing in federal court for a hearing on [an Illinois] lawsuit, told U.S. District Judge John Grady that the site would change to satisfy the lawsuit:
"My expectation is that it will be moot," Brandfonbrener told the judge. [Illinois] attorney Daniel Gallagher said he remained skeptical. "They've made promises to attorneys general in the past," Gallagher said, noting that
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had brokered an agreement with the site in November to crack down on prostitution ads after being contacted about several complaints about photographs depicting nudity. "I'm not going to take their word for it, we want to see action."
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