September 20, 2021

Craigslist Says Goodbye to Adult Services Listings

Craigslist Offices

Craigslist Offices

Craigslist.com, the much-visited on-line classified ads website, has removed its “adult services” category of ads. This action is the result of Craigslist being targeted by numerous U.S. state attorneys general who claim that the site is not doing enough to stop the promotion of prostitution and human trafficking.

In 2009, Craigslist dropped its “erotic services” ads, replacing the category with a new “adult” section that it claimed would be tightly controlled. The change occurred after a masseuse who advertised her personal services in the Erotic Services listings was murdered and a Craigslist reader was arrested for the woman’s death. The accused killer committed suicide last month while awaiting trial in a Boston prison cell.

A group of states attorneys general, co-led by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal are looking into the company’s attempts to remove unlawful advertisements from it website.

Craigslist may be generating $36.3 million or more in income each year from prostitution and human trafficking, Blumenthal stated earlier, referencing published reports.

According to Craigslist, the company donated all income from its “erotic services” category to charity. When the “adult services” category replaced “erotic services” last year, the online site indicated it would not make a commitment to how those revenues would be utilized.

Craigslist is used by more than 50 million people in the US, with over 20 billion page views every month.

Company officials claim that Craigslist is unfairly criticized for its adult services ads while similar ads published in major newspapers do not draw the same criticism.