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article imageCraigslist to be sued

By Jane Fazackarley     Mar 6, 2009 in Internet
The Internet ads site Craigslist is facing the possibility of being sued. A sheriff based in Illinois is claiming that the site is allowing adverts for prostitution in the United States.
Sheriff Thomas Dart from Cook County says that classified ads site had not stopped people from placing adverts where they were selling sex for cash.
He now wants a federal judge to step in and close down the part of the site which allows people to advertise erotic services.
Craigslist has since issued a statement regarding this. They say they work with police to stop people abusing the site.
Following a lawsuit in 2008 Craigslist came to an agreement by saying that they would clamp down on adverts for such services but Thomas Dart states that his team of officers have not witnessed a reduction in those types of advertisements.
This is what Sheriff Thomas Dart said:
"Missing children, runaways, abused women and women trafficked in from foreign countries are routinely forced to have sex with strangers because they're being pimped on Craigslist,"
"How is that different than somebody who's aggressively and actively working with a pimp to try to get the word out about the women working for him?"
For their part Craigslist said:
"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,"
"Misuse of the site is exceptionally rare compared to how much the site is used for legal purposes. Regardless, any misuse of the site is not tolerated on Craigslist," .
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