Craigslist, a worldwide classified advertisements website, has decided to shut down a particular section of their many categories.
NPR states in their article, “As Craigslist wrote, the law seeks to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.”
The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act was brought about due to the increasing rate of sex trafficking in the United States. Young kids, both girls and boys, and even adults are being used as sex slaves throughout the country. And sites like Craigslist unfortunately have been used as portals to connect the perpetrators of the crime with paying customers.
The new law is just an attempt to crackdown and hopefully eliminate this serious problem occurring throughout the county. Some people feel that Craigslist deciding to close down this “portal” a good thing while others think it will just cause more dangerous situations for sex workers.
Wherever you stand on the issue it’s important to note that the government did not directly request that Craigslist shut down their personals section, the company decided to do so in response to Congress’ vote for the new law.
That’s that! There will be no more hookup ads on craigslist until further notice from the company.