The other day I received an e-mail from a woman who was being harassed on craigslist. For several months someone was posting ads in the personal ads sections advertising for things like no strings attached sex and lesbian affairs. The ads would contain her pictures and personal information. She is very busy in her profession and didn’t have the time to flag every ad that popped up. Both her local police and craigslist were not exactly helpful. She came to me asking for assistance.
I thought about trying what little media contacts I have but even then craigslist doesn’t always respond. So I did some research and I found out that if you’re being harassed on craigslist like this there is someplace you can file a complaint. My research took me to The Internet Crime Complaint Center. The site itself talks mostly about fraud but I e-mailed them directly and they assured me that IC3 is the place to file complaints about craigslist harassment of this type. They also recommended filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
So even if craigslist is no help there are places you can turn to.
I’ll keep you posted on the status of the complaint.