Missouri Attorney General raps Craigslist over erotic services ads

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 9:40 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS  — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is demanding a meeting with Craigslist.

Chris Koster told KMOX Radio on Tuesday afternoon that the online ad service still hosts an "erotic services" section months after promising to crack down on illegal sex trade. Koster says the site has been pulling some of the ads, but not enough.

Since last year, Craigslist has been under pressure to stop prostitution on its site. That pressure has intensified following the arrest of a man accused of killing a masseuse he hired through an online ad.

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster last week defended the "erotic services" classification on its site. He said users requested it so those ads would be posted there, where users can avoid them, instead of being scattered among other ad categories.


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Jarrod Turner April 29, 2009 | 9:48 a.m.

We're all adults here. I for one think they should leave the services on there and people should be a bit more careful themselves. It's not the goverments job to protect and regulate people on craigslist. Im sick of all this gov't regulation on what I can do, watch, ingest ect.

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Ricky Gurley April 29, 2009 | 11:05 a.m.

Tell Chris Koster to go take a flying leap, and if he has a problem with the services section, take it to court. I think Mr. Koster will find that OSPs are not responsible for the content that other people post on their websites:

"Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act of 1995.50 Section 230(c) provides that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”


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