Craigslist Sex Trafficking Business

2020-11-17 update: this group photo of Dr. Jill Biden and Craig Newmark of craigslist, 2018, is added. The Craig Newmark’s enterprise is a sugar daddy of the fake “fact checkers.”

Craigslist, Inc. has been in the business of facilitating child sex abuse, sex trafficking, and illegal prostitution since 2008 or even earlier. In 90% of the US, these crimes were craigslist’s only business from November 2008 to July 2013.

These crimes were craigslist’s main or close second business in the areas where it had other businesses. Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster have been majority owners, directors, and managers of craigslist since its incorporation in 2004. eBay held 28.4% of craigslist equity from 2004 to 2015. Craigslist facilitated child sex abuse, sex trafficking, and illegal prostitution by:

  • Posting sex for sale ads by adults and minors; charging fees for these ads in service categories Erotic, Adult, and Therapeutic from November 2008 to March 2018.
  • Providing buyers and sellers of sex, by adults and minors, with anonymous email addresses at craigslist.org domain.
  • Operating a 2-way email relay between the buyers and sellers of sex via craigslist.org.
  • Enticing minors and adults into sex trade, including through free ads in the categories Gigs -> Adult and Gigs -> Talent. Craigslist failed to label Gigs->Talent and “Therapeutic services” with the standard metadata indicating adult content for web filtering software.
  • Attracting potential buyers of sex by hosting free ads for almost everything else.
  • Specifically targeting young victims by ads for dating, cheap second-hand stuff, dating, small jobs, dating; and community activities, including working for non-profits, helpful in university admission. Use of the web as the medium also had an effect of disproportionately targeting young people. Hosting content enticing into the sex trade on a website generally known and used for non-adult content made it more accessible by children.
  • Effectively coaching the sex for sale advertisers to evade law enforcement by removing ads with explicit wording, but accepting ads for the same services from the same advertisers when they were written in more deniable ways

In 2009/2010, Craigslist received 30%-60% of its revenues from the sex for sale ads.

Detailed report on craigslist business of facilitating child sex abuse and sex trafficking  (2020-02-14, PDF)

Craigslist has been shielded and protected by its political connections.

Craig Newmark with Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

A letter from Nancy Pelosi to Craig Newmark, 2007

2020-02-14: the attached report is updated with a suspected live case of attempted child trafficking for sex through craigslist

2020-02-07 update: craigslist failed to label Gigs->Talent and “Therapeutic services” categories (where sex-for-sale and cash-for-sex ads were published) with the standard metadata indicating adult content for web filtering software.

Previous versions of the report and declarations are archived on 01/30, 02/06

3 thoughts on “Craigslist Sex Trafficking Business

  1. Nancy you have revealed the depriving of your soul. As a famous person once said, “…May God have mercy on you, I can’t.” For Shame On You.

  2. Nancy you have revealed the depriving of your soul. As a famous person once said, “…May God have mercy on you, I can’t.”

  3. “Craigslist has been shielded and protected by its political connections.”

    This probably works both ways. Five bucks says a prosecutor told Craig that he will support those politicians or else he goes to jail for aiding and abetting the sex trafficking industry. He complies and he gets a steady and large paycheck for public relations services.

    This probably happened to a whole lot of people in the Anonymous hacker community and loli manga readers who started out as anti-statists and are now some of the fiercest protectors of the worst political corruption. If they’re looking at a lifetime jail sentence or ending up like Phil Haney, it explains their behavior.

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