Attorneys general from 17 states have asked Craigslist to eliminate the adult services section of its popular network of websites, citing continuing use of it to advertise prostitution.
"Craigslist clearly lacks the wherewithal — or will — to fight flagrant prostitution ads that persist on its site," Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday in a letter to Craigslist Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark. "Prostitution is a booming business on Craigslist, perhaps more than ever before."
Blumenthal is one of 17 attorneys general who signed a letter asking San Francisco-based Craiglist to remove the adult services section.
"We understand that prostitution is profitable — but its human toll is intolerable, and Craigslist should cease being an enabler," Blumenthal said. "Despite its much-touted 'manual review' of adult services, Craigslist has failed to block blatant prostitution ads."