August 4th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Craigslist vigilant in barring child sex ads

Editor's note: Jim Buckmaster is president and CEO of Craigslist, the most used classified advertising service in any medium, relied on by more than 50 million Americans each month for finding jobs, housing, secondhand items, friendship, romance, services, events and local community information.

Jim Buckmaster
Special to CNN

As all people of conscience will agree, human trafficking and child exploitation are utterly despicable and horrendous crimes.

In contrast with the epidemic numbers often cited for the nation as a whole, the incidence of such crimes is low and getting lower on Craigslist because of the comprehensive preventive measures we have taken. Some experts now liken the relative rarity on Craigslist to "looking for a needle in a haystack."

Nevertheless, any misuse of our site whatsoever in facilitating such unspeakable crimes is unacceptable, and we will continue to work tirelessly, in tandem with law enforcement and key nonprofits, to ensure that any victims receive the assistance they desperately need and deserve, and that those responsible are imprisoned.

We believe Craigslist is one of the few bright spots and success stories in the fight against these terrible scourges. We've been told as much by experts on the front lines of this fight, many of whom we have met with, and many of whom have shared helpful suggestions that we have incorporated in our approach. Even politicians looking to advance their careers at the expense of Craigslist's good name grudgingly admit, when pressed, that we have made huge strides, and that Craigslist is virtually alone among advertising venues in vigorously combating these problems.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. leslie

    Whether we're talking about Prop 8 decision or undocumented workers, I truly think that the anger, sexism, racism, & irrational vociferous arguments arise from fear of change. Clinging to the status quo has never advanced any civilization.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:29 am |
  2. cary

    I do agree to some degree, but if that person has been here for over 5+ years he should know english. Do you think if you lived in Mexico for 5+ years you would have to know spanish, cause I know they don't speak good english. This is USA! last time I checked we need to know english.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  3. Sara

    Craigslist was in the news a couple of months ago by NBC Today show because of their sexual ads that they have and they are just not doing anything to stop it. Craigslist is just like Aol Aim chat . Aol Aim Chat has millions of perverts and pedos and sex offenders in the chat room everyday looking for girls (especially) and guys for sex. They keep randomly private messaging users just to find or solict sexual acts. Aol is not doing anything. Even when the incident is reported, they will not do anything. They just ignore it and it is work. Aol is not protecting people in their chat room and use of service. I would like NBC Dateline, CNN, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations to crack down on these sick people on the Aol Aim Chat rooms. I think what these sick people are doing is disguisting and voile. I hope that law enforcement get Craigslist and Aol on this and that they get rid of the sick people in the AOL Aim Chat Room and Craigslist.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  4. Karlene

    Last night a reporter interviewed a man who was illegal and living in New Mexico. I would like to send that person. Is there any way that I could send you some money or a gift card for you to forward to him. I believe that this entire battle over imigration is crazy. These workers are doing jobs that most americans are too lazy to do.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm |