That was a reference to a deal Craigslist struck in November with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and 43 attorneys general to crack down on for prostitution.
The crackdown did not involve prepublication approval or review, however, and it did not apply to personalwhere prostitutes have frequently been found advertising. The letter gave Craigslist until 5 p.
called illegal, dangerous McMaster is not the only law enforcement official who is leaning on Craigslist, which Craig Newmark started in as an e-mail bulletin board and classified-ad service for the San Francisco region. In March, its traffic topped 20 billion views across local sites in 50 countries, making it one of the 30 most popular destinations on the World Wide Web, according to the Web traffic data company Alexa Internet Inc. Attorneys general from three other states — Missouri, Connecticut and Illinois — met Tuesday with lawyers for Craigslist to urge the site to shut down its erotic services .
Craigslist maintains that its system of user ratings and alerts is sufficient to weed out inappropriate material. For Craigslist, insult to injury The public pressure comes at a difficult time for Craigslist, which is in the spotlight in a homicide case.
Philip Markoff, 22, a medical student at Boston University, has pleaded not guilty in the death of a year-old massage therapist who had advertised on the site. Craigslist is not accused of any wrongdoing, but Newmark acknowledged that its connection to the Markoff case and to a handful of similar cases in recent years was a ificant blow. Hit man sought through site Law enforcement officials say craigslist is rife with all sorts of wrongdoing, from for prostitution to fraudulent moneymaking schemes.
In February, Marrita Whitlock of St. Louis and her boyfriend began looking to buy a Cadillac Escalade and found one on Craigslist. There, the would-be seller, identified by police as Michael Hague, picked them up in a luxury car.
He allegedly pulled a gun and told Whitlock to give him the cash, police said. The couple were left on a Columbus street with only their cell phones.
Hague and two alleged accomplices were eventually arrested and charged with robbery. And last month in Seattle, police arrested a suburban Kent, Wash. The ad indicated that the man was also willing to kill for hire.
Police said an undercover investigator met with the man, who told the investigator that he was seeking a woman to have sex with and then kill. He was booked last week for investigation of attempted murder charges.
Eyes wide open By and large, the women who offer such services on craigslist know what they could be getting themselves into, saying there is no way to confirm who, with what intentions, is answering their offers. She said she was able to escape only by spraying the man with pepper spray.
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