Delisting for Listlessness
On Tuesday, August 24, attorneys general from 17 states wrote a joint letter asking for Craigslist.com to remove its Adult Services section.
This letter follows a disturbing CNN report on illegal practices via Craigslist, as well as an open letter from two child trafficking survivors begging the company to take action and end the sale of women and children on its site.
You can read the letter in full below, but here are some highlights:
“In your recent blog posts and public statements…you imply that victims, law enforcement officials and children’s advocates may be at least partially to blame…because hey have not provided Craigslist with police reports, ad copy or links documenting these heinous crimes. This variant of ‘blame the victim’ is deeply troubling.”
“Craiglist is the only player in the…industry who can stop these ads before they are published.”
“Once an ad goes on the site, it is a virtual certainty that someone will be victimized…No amount of after-the-fact documentation will erase that enduring harm.”
“We recognize that Craigslist may lose the considerable revenue generated by the Adult Services ads. No amount of money, however, can justify…the suffering of women and children who will continue to be victimized, in the market provided by Craigslist.”
Read the full letter, as well as a response to Craigslist by Malika Saada Saar, head of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, which originally posted the ad by two survivors of human trafficking against Craigslist in the San Francisco Chronicle.