Not 'Adult Services,' But Apparent Prostitution Ads Still on Craigslist
Ads seeking cash for sexual and erotic services still found across site.
Sept. 5, 2010 -- Craigslist may have self-censored the Adult Services section of its U.S. websites as of late Friday night, but ads hinting at and seeking prostitution and offering erotic massages are still appearing in a different section on the online bulletin boards across the country.
Ads alluding to exchanges of cash for sexual services and seeking massage clients are still showing up in Casual Encounters section of Craigslist's websites in New York, Las Vegas and other parts of the country.
ABCNews.com today discovered several ads across a number of regional Craigslist sites that explicitly mention monetary exchange for sexual favors, seek "fun time$," offer a massage from an "attractive independent female" or seek a "mutually beneficial" meeting.
One of the ads was flagged by other Craigslist users after ABCNews.com found it this afternoon.
Craigslist did not respond to a request for comment late today.
The controversial Adult Services section on the classified advertisement site's homepage was replaced on Friday with a black and white "CENSORED" box that does not link, just days after a group of state attorneys general had released a statement that they believed the section should be eliminated.
In the statement, attorneys general in 17 states said the site was aiding in illegal exploitation, prostitution and human trafficking.
In the letter, the state officials asked Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, CEO Jim Buckmaster and the site's attorney, Edward Wes, to "immediately take down the Adult Services portion of craigslist."
"We hope to work closely with them, as we are with experts at nonprofits and in law enforcement, to prevent misuse of our site in facilitation of trafficking," Craigslist spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said last week.
Craigslist has made no statement since the change to the site, so it is not clear whether the Adult Services section is being removed permanently.
In the past, Craigslist has maintained that the Adult Services section was for legitimate adult services, not prostitution.
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