Craigslist’s “Erotic Services” Issue Bubbles Up Again

Craigslist, the online classifieds juggernaut, has run afoul of authorities once again, over the ads in its adult section. On Thursday, the sheriff in Cook County, Ill., called the site the “largest source of prostitution in America,” and filed a civil lawsuit to get Craigslist’s “erotic services” section shut down.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announces at a news conference that he has filed suit in U.S. District Court against Craigslist, accusing the site of knowingly promoting and facilitating prostitution.

Said Sheriff Thomas Dart at a news conference: “They’ve actually catered their site so it facilitates (prostitution), where you can actually and more specifically and quickly get to what you want.” He continued: “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?”

Craigslist, in a blog post by chief executive Jim Buckmaster, said that it doesn’t tolerate illegal activity on the site and has taken steps to stop it.

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