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Craiglist To Scrap Erotic Services Section

Online classifieds website Craigslist has finally decided to remove its contentious “erotic services” section, after the US government officials accused the site of letting sexual adverts to propagate.

Craigslist’s chief exec Jim Buckmaster notified that the website would be removing the “erotic services” section, which was referred to as “internet brothel” by some government officials, sometime around next week.

Instead, the San Francisco-based company asserted that it will be introducing a new “adult services” category, in which every advert will be scrutinised by employees before they are posted on the site.

Commenting upon the new changed section, Buckmaster said, “Each posting to this new category will be manually reviewed before appearing on the site, to ensure compliance with Craigslist posting guidelines and terms of use”.

He further went on to say that the company was optimistic that the “new balance” would surely be an acceptable proposition.

The introduction of new section has drawn mixed reviews from government officials. While Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan saw the new move as an effective way to stop exploitation of children and women, Andrew Cuomo, New York attorney general, dismissed the step as an effort to avoid legal action only.

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Our Comments

The authorities are clamping out on morally dubious activities but the internet is a wild, wild place and if you can't find it on Craiglist, you will find it elsewhere. Other classified ads websites will certainly carry adult material (even in the UK) and if not, then social networking websites are proving to be a very potent breeding ground for such activities.

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