Craigslist Under Scanner Again, Forced to Shut Down ‘Adult Services’

The latest reports claim that the well-known site Craigslist is under the scanner yet again. Following the incident of the murder of a girl last year by a man who came in contact with her via the website, recent developments have yet again brought the site under fire.

This year as well, the website is being ridiculed by a human rights group, which published an ad that highlighted the sufferings of two women, who essentially were victims of Craigslist’s trafficking. Post the ad, the group has instructed the site to shut down its adult services section.

The ad has been published in The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle and has been funded by the FAIR Fund. The ad, which was also sent to the Co-founder Craig Newmark, furnished details of the abduction and forced prostitution of two women. In order to conceal the identity of the two women, they have identified themselves as AK and MC.

While AK said the she met a man in 2009 who imitated to be her boyfriend, but later turned out to be a pimp and pushed her into the rotten trade.

On the other hand, MC said, "All day, me and other girls sat with our laptops, posting pictures and answering ads on Craigslist. He made $1,500 a night by selling my body, dragging me to Los Angeles, Houston, Little Rock – and one trip to Las Vegas in the trunk of a car".

In the wake of the developments, Craigslist Co-founder, Jim Buckmaster expressed concern as to whether the perpetrators were behind bars. He also added that it was extremely rare that the site was used for criminal purposes.