The in-depth report [PDF] on sex trafficking in Minnesota pulled no punches, repeatedly naming sex on Craigslist. It was sorely needed after a year in which grants for nonprofits fell off a cliff.
But it will be returned, Phillips said. We cannot accept profits from these human rights violations to support our work, no matter how great our need. That comes after Craigslist, under investigation by attorneys general in 40 states, promised last May that it would monitor its posts for illegal activity.
Craigslist keeps its finances private, and the company would not confirm the revenue projections that were calculated by Advanced Interactive Media Group. What happened to donations?
But law-enforcement officials have been fighting a mostly losing battle to get Craigslist to rein in the sex. Among other defenses, Craigslist has argued that it is legally protected by the Communications Decency Act against liability for what its users post.
Among other criticisms, he questioned the decision to stop donating profits from those to charities.
Tainted money? And it says that Craigslist Inc. It does not say whether that sum came from sex .
Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children have been leading causes for The Advocates. Human-rights groups rallied behind its report last year and persuaded the Minnesota Legislature to beef up the laws against the trafficking.
It also expanded the list of those who could be held liable for sex trafficking. Still, groups monitoring the issue say trafficking continues in the state. By extension, so does the need to fight it.
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But she added: "We cannot compromise our core principals to help alleviate our financial challenges. We have documented Craigslist's facilitation of human sex trafficking and child exploitation in our own research.
Buckmaster, the chief executive, responded in an : "Misuse of Craigslist for criminal purposes is utterly unacceptable, and Craigslist will continue to work with its partners in law enforcement and at nongovernmental organizations until it is eliminated.
It names Buckmaster and Craig Newmark, the Craigslist founder, as the fund's uncompensated directors. Among other steps, the Legislature increased penalties and categorized sex trafficking as a "crime of violence" so there would be more restrictions on offenders and more aid for victims.
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