In May , postings at Backpage. When Craigslist removed its adult-services section, postings at Backpage spiked again. Senate candidate, said Tuesday that several state attorneys general sent a joint letter to Backpage and asked that it drop its adult services section. Backpage officials quickly responded and said it would not close the adult-services section. In a blog posting, Backpage officials wrote that it would not drop the category because it had increased efforts, including working with law enforcement officials, to block ads promoting prostitution and child-trafficking.
It is our sincere hope that law enforcement and advocacy groups will find helpful partners there. John Duffield, who worked five years ago as a detective in the vice unit for the Ontario Police Department, said Craigslist was the most popular Internet site because, at the time, it was free. We would know which ones were new, which were local. Pimps will face higher charges on other websites. Regardless of the recent developments, officials agree there will always be a way to find sex for sale, but censorship can at least slow down the process, Duffield said.
A black bar reading "censored" remained in place on the company's U. Erotic services ads on non-U. The company previously said it would issue a statement on the matter, without saying when.
Attorneys general from 17 states sent Craiglist a letter last month demanding that it take down its adult services section, saying the company was not doing enough to deter prostitution and child trafficking.
Whether Craigslist could be found liable is a murky legal issue, but pressure on the company grew after some highly publicized incidents where authorities said encounters set up through Craigslist ended in violence and even death. A former medical student, Philip Markoff, was accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craiglist. He committed suicide last month in the Boston jail where he was awaiting trial. Craigslist, which is largely free, has been under prosecutors' scrutiny for years.
It tried to police the postings on its adult services page by charging a fee to post the ads and requiring them to be vetted and approved. The section carried ads for a variety of erotic services, including personal massages and a night's companionship, which critics say veered into prostitution. Some ads still carried in Craigslist's personals section look like they could fall in similar territory.
Craiglist's personal ads, which are free, are not regularly vetted. Ryan Calo, a senior research fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said ads for sexual services could become harder to monitor if they begin migrating back into the personals. Those trying to sell sex who give up on Craiglist have many other sites to choose from. As Craigslist users complained about the company's move in postings Sunday, some rattled off the names of other sites where they could find the same services.