Q: Why does craigslist have an "erotic services" category?
A: It was established at the request of craigslist users, who were tired of seeing ads for escort services, sensual massage, adult web cams, phone sex, erotic dancing, adult websites, nude housecleaning, etc mixed into the regular personals and services categories.
Q: Are "erotic services" ads unique to craigslist, or are they common to most classified services?
A: Newspaper classifieds, alternative weeklies, and the telephone yellow pages have featured escort and sensual massage ads similar to those on craigslist for several decades, with 2 significant differences:
Q: What measures has craigslist taken to minimize the misuse of the site for illegal activities?
A: Here are some of the measures we take, many of which are absent from newspaper classifieds and telephone yellow pages:
Q: What else could craigslist do to prevent misuse of the website for inappropriate or illegal purposes?
A: We are always looking for additional ways to prevent misuse of craigslist for inappropriate or illegal purposes, please submit any suggestions you may have in our feedback forum or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Why don't craigslist staff manually review each and every free posting submitted by users?
A: Craigslist is a community-moderated site, and while it is not possible for a centralized staff of any size to effectively review each of the more than 30 million free postings submitted per month, craigslist does take measures including those listed above to prevent misuse of the site, and tens of millions of craigslist users are empowered to remove problematic postings themselves through our flagging system. Compare this to newspapers classifieds and yellow pages where once distributed, problematic ads cannot be removed.
Q: How does craigslist feel about the "erotic services" category from a moral perspective?
A: Illegal activity is absolutely not welcome, and will not be tolerated. However, when it comes to legal conduct between consenting adults, we feel it is important to err on the side of respecting free speech and privacy rights, and to leave moral judgements to the greater wisdom of the craigslist community, who are empowered through our flagging system.
Q: What is craigslist doing to combat human trafficking and child exploitation?
A:We adapt our web site to help NCMEC and other agencies find and rescue the victims of these terrible crimes and get the traffickers behind bars. We also participate in exploitation reporting programs, and collaborate on raising awareness about human trafficking and child exploitation.
Q: Does craigslist cooperate with law enforcement investigations?
A: Absolutely. We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from law enforcement and DA offices over the years for being especially prompt and cooperative in responding to their inquiries - we do not want illegal activities on craigslist, and are more than willing to assist law enforcement in their efforts.
Q: Why doesn't craigslist just shut down Erotic Services, to prevent advertising by escorts and massage providers?
A: Like the yellow pages, newspapers, and virtually every other classified service, we provide a separate category for legal erotic services to advertise. Unlike virtually every other classified service, craigslist does not profit from such ads. Most craigslist users prefer having such ads in a separate category behind warning screens, rather than having them posted throughout the personals and services categories. For those who believe such ads should be banned by law, experts tell us that is a constitutional question which could be addressed by seeking an amendment to restrict free speech.
Q: Children aren't physically prevented from accessing craigslist, doesn't that mean all adult content should be eliminated?
A: Craigslist is not designed for use by children, and in fact is not intended for use by persons under age 18. Even so, we do place warning screens in front of categories where adult content is likely to be found, and label adult content using the PICS rating system - unlike newspapers classifieds and telephone yellow pages, which lack these protection for their "erotic service" content, even though these publications are intended for all ages.