CNN on craigslist child prostitution


Child prostitutes sell themselves on Craigslist:

This is the best article yet that I’ve read on the problem of child prostitution on craigslist. I’m not going to quote the meat of the article because this is one of those articles that needs to be read in its entirety.

However I will quote a part where craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster thinks he’s part of the solution instead of part of the problem…

Craigslist executives said they abhor the fact that their site is being used for child prostitution but believe that the problem could be harder to track if they removed the category.

“It would be a bigger problem if we removed that category and had those ads spread throughout the site,” said Jim Buckmaster, chief executive officer of Craigslist.

Really Jim? If you shut down the erotic services section of craigslist where would these ads go? Used cars? Furniture? Pets? Real Estate? You mean the places where people who don’t use hookers would actually see the ads and actually flag them? Horrors, we can’t have that now can we Jim?

Prostitution and child prostitution is on the rise because of craigslist. Yes there are other sites out there that cater to this kind of depravity but in my opinion craigslist is the #1 offender. What’s it going to take Jim before you eliminate the erotic services section? I mean there have already been rapes, robberies, and shootings.

For a website that flaunts how socially responsible it is it doesn’t seem to be putting its words into action.

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Comments 1

  • I totally agree with Trench. The question is whether you believe that keeping the “Erotic Services” section up-and-running does more good (by enabling stronger law enforcement) than bad (by providing a forum for child pornographers)?

    I, for one, cannot see the logic of keeping the forum up-and-running, and find Buckmaster’s weak excuse exactly that. It’s like saying that we should purposely leave ways for terrorists to blow up our national landmarks in order to (hopefully) catch a few of them beforehand. But wouldn’t it be better to protect our landmarks and make life as difficult as humanly possible for the terrorists to carry out their plans in the first place?

    http://thenerfherder.blogspot.com/2008/07/blaming-craigslist-for-child.html

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