Craigslist chief executive Jim Buckmaster denied that the Web site offered sex-related advertising as Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called on the company to take stronger actions to combat pornography, prostitution, and child trafficking in its online classifieds, the Boston Globe reports. Buckmaster acknowledged that Craigslist offers an “erotic services” section that should not include more than “legitimate escort services, sensual massage, exotic dancers, etc.,” but said that offers to exchange sexual favors for money are “strictly prohibited” and removed from the site.
Yesterday afternoon, more than 150 ads were posted on Craigslist’s erotic section in Boston; many made openly sex-related offers. Craigslist is protected for posting ads for illegal activity under the 1996 Federal Communications Act, which gives companies immunity for content they had no role in creating. Last year, Blumenthal and attorneys general from 40 other states brokered a deal with Craigslist to begin requiring anyone posting an erotic ad to pay a $5 to $10 fee with a credit card, to enable law enforcement to trace the posting.