Monday, March 9, 2009

Craigslist Fights Image of Bordello Central

Perhaps trying to suppress its image as the world's largest bordello and fight a lawsuit that declares it "facilitates prostitution," Craigslist released stats today indicating it has dramatically reduced erotic or sex services advertising on the mega-site. CNET reports more at this link.

I've never seen one of these sex ads on Craigslist, but I've only surfed the site for writing jobs, not exactly the sexiest search. Curious woman that I am, however, I popped over a few minutes ago, selected Louisiana, and then selected casual encounters. For my trouble I received the following message:
Unless all of the following points are true, please use your "back" button to exit this part of craigslist:

1. I am at least 18 years old.

2. I understand "casual encounters" may include adult content.

3. I agree to flag as "prohibited" anything illegal or in violation of the craigslist terms of use.

4. I agree to report suspected exploitation of minors to the appropriate authorities.

5. By clicking on the links below, I release craigslist from any liability that may arise from my use of this site.

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Choosing safer sex for you and your partner greatly reduces the risk of contracting STDs including HIV -- you can get answers to your safer sex questions, courtesy of staff members at the SF city clinic

craigslist has implemented the PICS content labeling system to assist parents and others who may be interested in content filtering. The PICS system is compatible with most commercially available as well as open source content control software packages. (Craiglist disclaimer)
Related: Craigslist slams sheriff's "erotic services" lawsuit.

Also, here's a cautionary tale related to Craigslist. It's the story of a businessman who was attacked and left to die supposedly after answering a Craigslist ad: A woman accused in the crime alleges that Manchester,CT, businessman Richard J. Gardner "responded to an ad she posted on craigslist and that she performed sexual acts on him in exchange for money numerous times." She was working with a male partner who's been charged with first-degree premeditated murder in Gardner's death.

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