Craigslist hosts classified ads of all kinds, including lengthy lists of [url=http://newyork.craigslist.org/sof/]developer's jobs in New York[/url] and the [url=http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sof/]San Francisco Bay area[/url]. But another type of job listing was in the spotlight today, and it's nice to know there's at least [i]one[/i] person out there who's thinking clearly. A judge in Illinois yesterday threw out a case brought against Craigslist for facilitating prostitution, simply because people listed what were alleged to be such services on the company's no-frills Websites. That would be like [url=http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st223]blaming gun makers[/url] every time someone is shot to death, or [url=http://www.startribune.com/sports/65649347.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU]suing makers of aluminum bats[/url] for …

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After two years of criticism against the online classified ad site Craigslist because people post ads for prostitution there, the site is now being accused of hosting ads for child prostitution as well. "Last month, two girls trafficked for sex through the website Craigslist wrote an open letter to its founder, Craig Newmark, pleading with him to get rid of the adult services section, where sex ads are placed," wrote Malika Saada Saar, founder and executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, [URL="http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/08/02/saar.craigslist.child.trafficking/index.html"]in [/URL]CNN Opinion last week. The piece was purportedly written due to insufficient response from the …

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Remember Richard Blumenthal? The Connecticut Attorney General who has led a pack of other state Attorneys General for more than a year chasing [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220115.html"]pedophiles [/URL](who may or may not have been there) on social networks and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220488.html"]prostitutes [/URL]on Craigslist? And who, in what is surely just a coincidence, is running for the U.S. Senate, and whose campaign is slipping following [URL="http://www.wfsb.com/politics/23856922/detail.html"]revelations [/URL]that he lied about serving in Vietnam? He's back -- and now he's jumping on the outrage bandwagon about privacy issues with Google Streetview. The company came under fire earlier this year amidst revelations that while taking pictures for …

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Perhaps it was [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/technology/26craigslist.html"]reading [/URL]that Craigslist expected to earn $36 million this year from sex ads that set him off. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has issued a subpoena to Craigslist Inc., seeking information on whether it is fulfilling its promise to crack down on ads for prostitution in its adult-services section, [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100503-714482.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines"]according [/URL]to the [I]Wall Street Journal.[/I] The online classified site has been fighting with state attorneys general -- particularly Blumenthal -- since at least 2008, with them claiming it promotes prostitution and with it pointing to ways it has kept that from happening and how it is hardly …

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Craig Newmark, the man that newspaper editors love to [URL="http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/weekly-newspapers-in-crisis/Content?oid=923530"]hate[/URL], celebrated the 15th anniversary of Craigslist -- the garage sale listing of the Internet -- this month. In Newmark's [URL="http://www.cnewmark.com/2010/03/craigslist-is-around-fifteen-years-old.html"]blog[/URL], he posted a copy of a message from March 28, 1995, from the seminal online service The WElL. "My focus, on this page, is on events around San Francisco that involve arts and technology, privacy rights, local writers and artists, and any other item that strikes my fancy. This includes stuff like the Anon Salon, Spoonman's TeleCircus, Joe's Digital Diner, Eric's Jacking In series, the upcoming conference on Feminist Activism …

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The continuing saga of Craigslist vs. the state attorneys general took another turn, with South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster [URL="http://www.scattorneygeneral.org/"]contending[/URL] that the continued presence of ads for "erotic services" on the site constituted a criminal violation for which Craigslist management was personally responsible, and with Craigslist management firing back with a list of all the other places in which such ads could be found and asking whether McMaster was prepared to arrest them all too. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3468.html"]Late last year[/URL], Craigslist came to an agreement with 40 attorneys general -- including McMaster -- to help reduce prostitution on the site. In …

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Craig Newmark, the San Francisco-based founder of the Craigslist want-ad site, is [URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/25/craig-newmark-im-not-plan_n_191350.html"]reportedly[/URL] refusing pressure to shut down his site's Erotic Services section in light of an alleged murder where the victim advertised there, according to a story in the Huffington Post. Philip Markoff, a Boston University medical student, is charged with killing Julissa Brisman, a 25-year-old masseuse, on April 14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. He also is charged in a robbery at a nearby hotel of another masseuse police say he met through the Craigslist classified ads Web site. Newmark was requested by Connecticut Attorney General …

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That's what Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is claiming as part of a federal lawsuit by the Illinois lawman. The lawsuit is seeking a ban on one part of Craigslist, namely the Erotic Services section, which is accused of acting as a clearing house for prostitution. According to [URL="http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5856408.ece"]The Times[/URL] Dart is arguing that Craigslist facilitates prostitution because it has not put into place any method to block those who blatantly offer sex for money. Sheriff Dart, speaking at a press conference, insisted that "Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation" and that "Missing children, runaways, …

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In response to a letter signed by 40 state attorneys general, the popular classified ad site [URL="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites"]Craigslist[/URL] has taken additional steps to keep sex workers from using its site. Left unsaid, though, is that Craigslist had little choice, unless it wished to risk being made a party to illegal activity. The 40 attorneys general had written Craiglist earlier this year, asking the company to deal with the issue of people posting ads for prostitution on the site. For example, in recent months, there have been two cases [URL="http://www.idahostatesman.com/business/story/563234.html"]in Idaho[/URL] of female teens used for prostitution and advertised on Craigslist. The …

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