Craigslist has advertisements for adult services. Craigslist made a promise to crackdown on illegal sex trade, but the company’s revenue has substantially increased from adult services ads placed on the website.
MSNBC decided to go undercover to test whether the adult services ads were purely sexual in form and it turns out that they were right.
I think that Craigslist is in a Catch-22 because they are making money from something that is immoral and there has been consequences for people that participated on the adult services forum. Medical student Philip Markoff actually killed several of the adult service participants on Craigslist. Markoff was coined as the “Craigslist killer” during the whole incident.
However when you walk down the Las Vegas strip, people are constantly offered sexual services. What gives them the right to promote sexual services, but not Craigslist? That is something to think about too. I know its not an apples-to-apples comparison — but it is debatable.
Below is the NBC video of the sting: