I haven’t fucked with Craigslist in a long time. I am shocked that people still trust that site. Anyway, Congress just passed a law to help combat sex trafficking of children. FOSTA ( Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) was passed by the Senate earlier in the week.
You can still find furniture or a roommate on Craigslist. But ads seeking romance or sexual connections are no longer going to be available after Craigslist took down the “personals” section Friday for its U.S. site.
The company says it made the change because Congress has passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children. It was approved by a landslide in the Senate earlier this week, as NPR’s Alina Selyukh has reported, but has been met with criticism by free speech advocates and sex workers.
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,” Craigslist said. “We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.”
The site added: “To the millions of spouses, partners and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
President #45 has not yet signed the bill, which is known as FOSTA. It passed in the House by 388-25 and in the Senate by 97-2.
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FUN FACT: Until 2009, Craigslist had a section of the website called “erotic services,” where people openly advertised sex. That year it changed the name to “adult services” and promised stricter screening, after a medical student in Boston was accused of killing a woman he met through the site, NPR’s Tovia Smith noted. Craigslist eventually stopped listing ads for “adult services” in 2010, as NPR reported, though its personals section has continued until now.
In case you didn’t know, Instagram is lowkey used for sexual encounters and adult services. Why do you think your favorite model, personal trainer, bodybuilder etc. is always showing off the cakes and sausages?
There is still Jackd, Grindr and A4A too…