Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Craigslist Cracks Down on Hookers

Craigslist recently announced that it will actively seek to prevent prostitution ads from appearing on its site. The company recently came to an agreement with a number of state Attorney Generals to make it more difficult for hookers to offer their wares online. Now, Craigslist will require any adult services ad to provide identifying details, such as credit card and phone numbers. Craigslist will also charge for any adult ads. This is ostensibly to enable law enforcement to track down and jail flesh peddlers and their Johns. Craigslist also agreed to pursue litigation against a number of internet service providers who have previously aided sex peddlers in circumventing Craigslist's own rules regarding adult ads.

Internet attorneys such as myself may be interested to see what kind of revenue streams Craigslist can squeeze out of this. I also wonder if this will put a dent in Craigslist traffic, seeing as how prostitution and escort ads seemed to drive a large chunk of traffic to the site. Constitutional lawyers may have an interest in this from a First Amendment perspective and commercial speech. We'll see how it shakes out.

1 comment:

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