Users of the website and its CEO grouse that the Internet and other media are still full of outlets where people can find prostitutes. As for the massive online classifieds site itself, many of the personal that remain on the site appear to be thinly veiled solicitations of sex for sale.
State attorneys general had pressed Craigslist to do more to block potentially illegal promoting prostitution, and hailed the company's decision to take down its adult services section on Saturday. But like other illegal online activities targeted with prosecution or lawsuits, including gambling, child pornography and unauthorized music downlo, shutting down one outlet simply sends many users running to others.
John Palfrey, a Harvard University law professor and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, said the move from Craigslist was still a victory because it moved the off a highly visible location.
The answer is almost certainly," he said. I think the answer is probably not.
It's unclear if the shutdown is permanent; a black bar reading "censored" remained in place on the company's U. Erotic services on non-U. Craigslist had tried to police the postings on its adult services by requiring all the to be vetted and approved.
The section carried for a variety of erotic services, including personal massages and a night's companionship, which critics say veered into prostitution. As Craigslist users complained in postings Sunday, some rattled off the names of other sites where they could find the same services.
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