Thomas Dart, the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, yesterday announced that he was asking judges to ban postings to the category, and force the reimbursement of the police department for the cost of its investigations. There's no mystery at all. We all know what's going on here. Its profits are not disclosed.
Craigslist under fire over erotic ads
UPDATE 3-Craigslist agrees to crack down on erotic ads | Reuters
CNN -- An Illinois sheriff filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the owners of craigslist, accusing the popular national classified-ad Web site of knowingly promoting prostitution. The FBI found more than 2, child prostitution ads posted on craigslist, with Chicago, Illinois, in the top 10 cities for juvenile prostitution, Dart said. The sheriff also noted instances of what he said was child neglect while parents were engaged in activity solicited on the Web site. In an e-mailed statement, craigslist told CNN it had not seen Dart's complaint but that "craigslist is an extremely unwise choice for those intent on committing crimes, since criminals inevitably leave an electronic trail to themselves that law enforcement officers will follow. Regardless, any misuse of the site is not tolerated on craigslist. But Dart said that the Web site for two years has ignored his written requests to shut down the Erotic Services section and failed to take action or adequately monitor the section despite hundreds of arrests. Craigslist entered into an agreement with 43 states' attorneys general in November to enact measures that impose restrictions on its Erotic Services section.
Craigslist Gets Rid of 'Erotic Services' Ads
Craigslist will pull its controversial "erotic services" section, called a front for prostitution by critics, following the arrest of a Boston medical student charged with murdering a masseuse he allegedly met on the classified ad site. State attorneys general, who have intensified pressure on the company to eliminate the category, announced the move on Wednesday. Cuomo in a statement. Pressure to remove the category ramped up this spring when Boston med student Philip Markoff, 23, was charged with killing Julissa Brisman, 25, who advertised erotic massage services on Craigslist. Authorities say Markoff lured Brisman, of New York City, to a luxury hotel room in Boston April 14, where he tried to rob her at gunpoint.
April 23, Craigslist is expected to soon make it more difficult to advertise erotic services like prostitution and pornography on its website. The online classified ads community, which has dominated tabloid headlines since the arrest of the so-called "Craigslist killer" in Boston Monday, now is working on initiatives designed to make it more difficult to post erotic photos. And it may institute penalties for individuals who violate the website's stated policies and ethical standards.