Internet classifieds giant Craigslist is cracking down on advertisers who use the Craigslist “erotic services” section to pimp themselves or others.
The result of talks between Craigslist and a consortium of 40 state attorneys general, lead by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the move follows Craigslist’s acknowledgement that, yes, prostitutes and “sex-oriented businesses” have long-used the erotic services section of Craigslist to hawk illegal activities.
Said Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, “They identified ads that were crossing the line. We looked at those ads, we saw their point, and we resolved to see what we could do to get that stuff off the site.”
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“What they could do” turns out to be this: Now when somebody posts an ad to the erotic services section, Craigslist requires a working telephone number, and before the ad can go live, an automated system calls the telephone number and reads off a number, which the advertiser must type back into the Craigslist webform. Think of it as an auditory captcha.
Beyond that, Craiglist is going to be charging a nominal fee for posting advertisements in the erotic services section, which must be paid by credit card. In theory this will allow Craigslist to positively identify the advertisers – a move which, on its own, Craigslist believes may reduce the illegal sex services traffic to almost nil.
As Buckmaster points out, “There are very few prostitutes who want to be called by Craigslist and asked to give additional identifying information.”
Any service fees that they do garner from advertisers will be earmarked for charities which deal with fighting child exploitation and human trafficking.
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