Ill. Sheriff: New Craigslist an Improvement

Lawman will monitor 'adult services' section as lawsuit proceeds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2009 9:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Illinois sheriff who pushed Craigslist to dump its “erotic services” section says the replacement, now called “adult services,” is a step in the right direction, the Chicago Tribune reports. “The postings are definitely toned down a lot. My goal was to get the over-the-top stuff off,” Cook County's Tom Dart said. “They've done that.” Explicit photos, he said, are “the big thing,” and the latest ones seem more appropriate.

“The language—there's not a lot I can do about that,” he added. He says he’ll keep up sting operations against the site until the next court date in his federal lawsuit pushing for the elimination of "erotic services” ads. Craigslist has said it will better scrutinize the ads; Dart says he’ll assess whether it has followed through when the next court date rolls around in July.