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article imageCraiglist 'Erotic Services' is US Largest Source of Prostitution

By Leo Reyes     Mar 6, 2009 in Internet
The popular website Craiglist has been sued in court by a County Sheriff in Chicago for being the largest source of prostitution in the USA
A County Sheriff in Chicago has sued the popular classified ad website Craiglist.com for failing to block offers to trade sex for money.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart filed the lawsuit in Chicago alleging that Craiglist.com is the largest source of prostitution in the United States.
‘Missing children, runaways, abused women and women trafficked in foreign countries are routinely forced to have sex with strangers because they’re being pimped on Craiglist’, Dart said.
Dart’s lawsuit was filed four months after Craiglist settled a nationwide lawsuit by promising to enact new rules to crack down on prostitution, Inquirer.net reports.
It appears that Dart’s office has made numerous appeals to the management of the website for over two years asking them to shut down the Erotic Services section of the site.
Hundreds of arrests were made and the people involved ranged from heroin addicts to suburban soccer moms, a former reality TV star and Juveniles as young as 14 years old, the report added
Aside from seeking reimbursement for the salaries of officers who investigated the case, Dart also asked the court to order closure of the Erotic Services section of the website to prevent its users to from being lured into prostitution.
A Craiglist spokeswoman said she could not comment on the case because she has not received a copy of the lawsuit, the report said.
‘Misuse of Craiglist to facilitate criminal activity is unacceptable, and we continue to work diligently to prevent it, Susan McTavish said in an email in which she outlined a number of measures Craiglist has taken to prevent illegal activity’.
Craiglist is a very popular website that serves as a valuable source of information in the Internet for people who access the site. It is best for the management of Craiglist to confront the issues raised by the authorities and make corrective measures if indeed the allegations are substantiated.
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