Craigslist, an Online Sex Slaves Bazaar

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By Nathaly Duran

On September 3rd of 2010 after many years of public and legal pressure Craigslist, U.S. most popular classified advertising site, discontinued its “adult service” section. Early accusations of Craigslist becoming the modern sex trafficking bazaar, caught the attention of the media, the authorities and advocacy groups. It was shocking to learn how easy the process of selling and buying a human being for sex had become. Children and teenagers were advertised using words like “fresh” and “inexperienced” in thousands of ads.

As mentioned on an article in the British newspaper,Guardian, crucial accusations in the form of Ads against Craigslist were published in the Washington Post by two women who stated they had been repeatedly sold through the site to men who “paid to rape” them. One of these women said she was forced into prostitution at the age of 11. She alleged “All day, me and other girls sat with our laptops, pasting pictures and answering ads on Craigslist, he made $1,500 a night selling my body, dragging me to Los Angeles, Houston, LittleRock, and Las Vegas in the trunk of a car”. The other woman said ” Men answered the Craigslist advertisements and paid to rape me. The $30,000 he pocketed each month was facilitated by Craigslist 300 times.”

Although, as stated on an article in the Washington Post by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) “websites escape liability when an ad on their site results in rape, prostitution, and even death”, Craigslist has said that it has no intentions of reinstalling the “adult services” category it took down.

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Sources:

1. Kan, Cecilia. (September 15, 2010). “Craigslist says it shut down U.S. adult services ads for good.” Retrieved January 28, 2011 from the Washington Post website: http://www.washingtonpost.com.

2. Guardian. (August 8, 2010). “Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women.” Retrieved January 28, 2011 from the Guardian website: http://www.guardian.co.uk.

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