Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women

Open letter to founder Craig Newmark in Washington Post tells stories of young women sold for sex through ‘adult services’ adsThe online classified advertising site, Craigslist, is facing accusations that it has become a hub for underage prostitution after two young women placed an advertisement in the Washington Post saying they were repeatedly sold through the site to men who “paid to rape” them.The allegations came as a federal judge threw out an attempt by Craigslist – named after its owner, Craig Newmark – to stop a criminal investigation over its “adult services” section which is alleged to carry thousands of prostitution ads daily.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/08/craigslist-underage-prostitution-allegationsAlso see:Sex-trafficking opponents fight Craigslist’s ‘adult services’ ads
Craig Newmark was all over Twitter on Friday, as he is most days, yakking about Android, re-tweeting about Bart Simpson in summer school, reminding his 24,000 followers to vote to end world poverty. He engaged with friends and strangers alike.MC is still waiting to hear from him.Newmark is the founder of the worldwide online bazaar Craigslist. MC is a 17-year-old girl who says she was repeatedly sold for sex through ads on Craigslist. In open letters published as newspaper ads, she has beseeched Newmark to shut down the site’s lucrative “adult services” section, which law-enforcement officials and advocates say facilitates prostitution and child trafficking.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080606376.htmlCraigslist responds to ‘prostitution’ claims
Online marketplace Craigslist has responded to an open letter claiming the site helps promote prostitution.A paid-for advert in The Washington Post saw two women make an appeal to close the site’s adult section, saying it had wrecked their lives.”My memories are of making my own arrangements on Craigslist to be sold for sex,” said the letter.Craigslist responded by asking if the crimes had been reported to the police, adding it was “combating trafficking”.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10914334

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