After Killing, MA Official Urges Craigslist “Oversight”


The killing of a masseuse in a high-end Boston hotel has shone a national spotlight on Craigslist and its dominant role as a major vendor of sex-for-sale services online, the Boston Globe reports. After pressure from attorneys general in 40 states, the company agreed to cooperate with authorities and donate the money it makes from erotic advertising – including blatant prostitution promotions – to charity. “They are the enablers,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. “It’s all well and good to say we’ll help when we’re called upon [] but in light of what’s happened in Boston and around the country, it may be time for a little closer look or oversight.”

It is the “erotic” offerings that boost traffic and have helped turn Craigslist into a big moneymaker by bringing more people to the site, said industry analyst Peter Zollman. Trench Reynolds’ Crime News, a company started by an unemployed medical accountant in North Carolina, culls stories involving Craigslist crimes from newspapers on a Web site The daily posts – averaging about 10 a day – are a compendium of prostitution raids, arrests, and sex stings stemming from Craigslist encounters.

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