Conn. AG Wants Craigslist To Confirm Adult Services Ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880/AP) — Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he wants official confirmation that Craigslist has gotten rid of its adult services section for good.

Blumenthal said Tuesday he talked with the website’s attorneys on Monday, but Craigslist has yet to reveal its long-term plans.

“[It is] legally important that it will take steps to screen, filter and flag any prostitution ads that go elsewhere on the site, such as the casual encounters section,” Blumenthal told WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau.

Craigslist replaced the link to the section Saturday with a black bar that says “censored.” Blumenthal said he believes potentially illegal ads may be filtering to other sections on the website.

“Craigslist must acknowledge it has a moral responsibility and perhaps even can be legally accountable for enabling prostitution and other serious criminal activity that results from it,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal said he will be releasing a letter to Craigslist officials asking if they have permanently closed the category.

Phone and email messages to a Craigslist spokeswoman were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Seventeen state attorneys general demanded Craigslist remove its adult services last month over concerns that the website could not adequately screen out illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking.

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  1. S.G. says:

    Those AGs are violating our 1st Amendment Rights. Only a communist country such as China have censorship. Freedom of speech is a Right, the services offered by the advertisers may be illegal, then go after the “servicers”. We need to stop spending taxpayers money on these idiot AGs’ salary for this kind of nonsense

  2. Geno Ferri says:

    Shame on Craigslist for giving up their rights without a fight.

  3. joe blow says:

    why does he want it shut down? Can’t stand the temptation?

  4. Dave says:

    I do hope that craigslist is able to successfully defend itself should it come to court – it would be a terrible thing for the web if a site could be successfully sued and prosecuted for material posted to it by another party. Imagine what places like Youtube and Yahoo would have to go through to manage all their comments and content – it would be unreasonable.

  5. TTC says:

    “Craigslist must acknowledge it has a moral responsibility and perhaps even can be legally accountable for enabling prostitution and other serious criminal activity that results from it”

    He knows good and well that there is no legal implications for the 3rd party postings on a bulletin board type website. Pure non-sense.

  6. Nick says:

    How is a free site with thousands and thousands of postings per day going to monitor everyone of them? Can the AG be sued for stupidity? Or at the very least: harassment?

    1. Anon says:

      It’s the internet…
      As far as I know, if women want to prostitute themselves on there so be it, that’s none of the AGs business.

      Children being in danger being an exception, no one or nothing should be telling anyone what they can or can’t do on the internet.. They are starting to step over the bounds.

      1. Billy says:

        Prostitution is illegal so no, women shouldn’t be able to prostitute themselves on the internet

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