Were you surprised to learn that Craigslist Personals had suddenly shut down out of the blue? If you were using Craigslist for dating, we have a new alternative for single men and women to connect and hang out. We will also explain the cause of why Craigslist shut down their dating and personals section, some history behind it, and why you may still have some luck using our site LetsHangOut. Background: Craigslist is one of the earliest websites, launched in , and began largely a general classified advertisements service for everything from jobs, resumes, housing and things for sale in the San Francisco area.
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With the so-called Craigslist killer making daily headlines, experts are debating whether the online classified advertising company could face legal charges that its site facilitates prostitution. The company already faces a lawsuit on such charges in an Illinois federal court. The debate intensified earlier this week after Boston University medical student Philip Markoff was arrested and arraigned for allegedly murdering one woman and kidnapping and assaulting another -- both of whom he found in erotic services ads on Craigslist. The attacks and subsequent arrest have put the spotlight on a Web site that lets people post ads for everything from old sofas and bicycles to escort services and massages. But while some say that Craigslist, which does publish personal safety tips on its site, succeeds in being a free and open marketplace, others say some of the ads under its "Erotic Services" category go too far legally. And the question, since prostitution and advertising for such services are illegal in most states, is whether Craigslist Inc.
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Craigslist, the famed pioneer of free online classified advertising, announced Thursday that one type of advertising will soon no longer be free: those for erotic services. Instead, the San Francisco-based Craigslist soon will begin requiring advertisers for massages, strippers, escort services and the like to pay a fee with a credit card - fees the famously profit-averse company plans to donate to charity. The move is part of a deal between Craigslist and more than 40 state attorneys general to crack down on prostitution ads.
The go-to portal for online classified ads and local discussion boards, Craigslist has been criticized for years for selling ad space to sex-peddlers and prostitution rings. Law enforcement officials and watchdog groups say that the site is frequently used by human sex traffickers and pimps to find clients for women and children who have been coerced into the sex industry. On Sept. But it doesn't look like the sex traffickers had to move far.