Craigslist has now closed the adult section ads from the pressure of a group of attorney generals claiming that there was not enough screening of the ads to block ads for prostitution or human trafficking.
This concerned has been presented by a group of attorneys general who placed scrutiny after the case of Phillip Markoff. Markoff was a med student who committed suicide while awaiting trial for killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist.
The Craigslist adult services section included ads for everything ranging from massages to night companionship. However, these services have been likened to electronic pimping, by critics. In 2008, craigslist began requiring that its poster in the adult section to provide working phone numbers and pay an ad placing fee. Later, it would adopt a screening process, which included post reviews prior to publishing, which was never a requirement for any ad placed on craigslist.
Despite all efforts to accommodate the concerns of the attorneys general, it has now been proposed to entirely remove the adult service ad section. This is because of the belief that Craigslist couldn’t adequately block potentially illegal ads.
The Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster said in May that the ads of competing companies were blatantly worse than the ads posted on Craigslist.