Missouri attorney general asks Craigslist to remove adult ads

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 12:25 p.m. CDT; updated 6:58 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has joined 16 other states' attorneys general in asking Craigslist to drop its adult services section.

The attorneys general that they sent a letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark that says Craigslist has not kept a pledge to crack down on illegal sexual activity on the Internet.

Koster said in May 2009 that investigators in his office found several Craigslist ads offering sex-for-money or seeking that type of relationship for the Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia and Jefferson City areas.

Craigslist pledged in 2008 to better police its site for illegal sex ads. But the letter says prostitution is a booming business on Craigslist and the company doesn't seem inclined to screen the ads.

Other states represented on the letter are Kansas, Connecticut, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, TexasVirginia.


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Carlos Sanchez August 24, 2010 | 1:01 p.m.

Why doesn't Koster work towards getting these types of ads out of these kind of outlets here:
Before he goes after much bigger internet enterprises. Take care of things that are actually home grown Koster before you go reaching out trying to conquer the world it will make you look better.

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Russell Perkins August 24, 2010 | 1:38 p.m.

I'm sure they will get right on it.

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