CNET -- Three state attorneys general were scheduled to meet with Craigslist representatives to begin negotiations toward eliminating advertisements from the site for prostitution and other suspected illegal sexual activities. Philip H. Markoff is suspected of killing a year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist at a Boston hotel.
State attorneys general from Missouri, Illinois, and Connecticut were to represent a group of state attorneys general in a meeting Tuesday in New York City with representatives of the Web site.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said his office found several offering and seeking prostitution on Craigslist s for the Kansas City, St. It is irresponsible. It is illegal.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster expressed optimism toward the goal of reducing illegal activity on the site but stopped short of discussing the removal of the "erotic services" section. The site's erotic services section was thrust into the national spotlight following the arrest last month of Philip H. Markoff, who is suspected of killing a year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist at a Boston hotel.
Markoff, a year-old medical student at Boston University, was charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and kidnapping. He is also suspected of attacks on two other escorts at hotels. However, even before the so-called "Craigslist killing," the site had worked with a group of 40 attorneys general to create new measures on the site deed to thwart for prostitution and other illegal sexual activities.
Craigslist requires anyone posting to the erotic services section to submit an operational phone and credit card, the site announced last year. But those measures don't do enough to stem prostitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed in March against Craigslist by the sheriff of Illinois' Cook County, alleging that the Web's largest classifieds publication is "facilitating prostitution.
Buckmaster suggested at the time that the suit was a waste of time, saying that "Craigslist cannot be held liable, as a matter of clear federal law, for content submitted to the site by our users. However, many CNET News readers suggested that the reduction was due to the being relabeled and moved to another section.
While some portray Craigslist as the world's largest bordello, workers in the sex trade say the site helps reduce the risk of violence prostitutes often face. All rights reserved.
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