Under the watchful eye of law enforcement in 40 states, Craigslist pledged Thursday to crack down on for prostitution on its Web sites.
As part of Craigslist's agreement with attorneys general around the country, anyone who posts an "erotic services" ad will be required to provide a working phone and pay a fee with a valid credit card. The Web site will provide that information to law enforcement if subpoenaed.
Craigslist has also agreed to sue 14 software and Internet companies that help people who post erotic service to circumvent the Web site's defenses against inappropriate content and illegal activity. Craigslist, which posts for everything from apartment rentals to jobs in dozens of cities, will also begin using new search technology in an effort to help authorities find missing children and victims of human trafficking. Police across the country have been arresting people for using Web sites like Craigslist to advertise the sexual services of women and children.
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