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Backpage Shuts Adult Section After Damning Report

Site is 'far more complicit in online sex trafficking' than previously known: report

(Newser) - The founders and CEO of Backpage.com may have beat pimping charges , but their classified site hasn't escaped unscathed from claims that it benefited from prostitution and human trafficking. The site shuttered its adult section on Monday, claiming government censorship and "an assault on the First Amendment,"... More »

Craigslist Says Shutdown of Adult Services Is Permanent

... But it doesn't sound too happy about it

(Newser) - Craigslist today confirmed that its adult services section is gone for good, its first public comments on the subject since the category disappeared earlier this month. In written testimony to Congress, Craigslist officials suggested the company got forced into the move because of unfair media attention and think it will... More »

Craigslist's New Cash Cow: Sex Ads

Site doubled the price, stopped donating profits to charity

(Newser) - For a free site, Craigslist is doing all right: The classified-ad behemoth's profit is projected to climb 22% over last year, reports the New York Times —driven almost entirely by its controversial sex ads, which have been connected to prostitution, human trafficking, and one murder charge. In response to... More »

Craigslist to SC AG: Apologize, and Back Off

(Newser) - Craigslist is due an apology from South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, the site’s CEO writes on his company blog, after threatening “unwarranted and unconstitutional charges against us that are clearly barred by federal law.” What’s more, Jim Buckmaster charges, Craigslist isn’t the only outlet... More »

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