Craigslist To Drop Personals Ads In Response To Sex Trafficking Bill

Craigslist closes personal ads over trafficking bill

Craigslist is taking its personals section offline due to Congress passing H.R. 1865, an anti-online sex trafficking bill.

In 2010, Craigslist said that critics were simply trying people from having casual sex between consenting adults.

Craigslist pulls its USA personal ads section after Congress passes trafficking bill.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.

There have been many horror stories surrounding encounters on Craigslist that have heightened the warning signs for those who use the site's personals. The San Francisco based company gave way to a new form of online "dating" through their personals section. "(2) websites that promote and facilitate prostitution have been reckless in allowing the sale of sex trafficking victims and have done nothing to prevent the trafficking of children and victims of force, fraud, and coercion; and (3) clarification of such section is warranted to ensure that such section does not provide such protection to such websites".

Congress just passed an act meant to fight online sex trafficking by punishing anyone (or any site) that facilitates online sex trafficking.

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So the issue went to Congress, which wanted to show that it was doing something to fight sex trafficking.

FOSTA "will silence online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users" and "put trafficking victims in more danger", the EFF says.

Proponents of the bill argue that it'll help curb online sex trafficking.

(Sec. 5) Additionally, it prohibits construing this bill to limit federal or state civil actions or criminal prosecutions that are not preempted by section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. Hopefully, we can bring them back someday. It also posted new rules that don't allow for the trade of "Paid services involving physical sexual contact", as well as several other items. President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves.3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for European Union, six countries MORE is expected to sign it.

Other sites have taken similar steps, with Reddit banning subreddits like r/escorts.

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