It hasn't been a good couple days for Craigslist.
The popular online classified ad site is back in the news with arrests and court cases stemming from some strange and disturbing sales on the site - someone offering sex for World Series tickets, someone's offer their wife for and someone else offering their son.
The cases could have big implications for Craigslist and its reputation, which in the past has battled public relations woes over sexually explicit posts and prostitution rings.
Craigslist is center-stage today in a Philadelphia courtroom where jury selection began in the case of a woman accused of offering an undercover cop sexual favors for World Series tickets, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.
Prosecutors allege she wrote in her Craigslist ad that she was a buxom blonde who desperately needed tickets to baseball's biggest event, sent sexually explicit photos to the cop and then made graphic suggestions when they finally met at a bar. The woman claims she was just being creative in her ad to get her spouse to take her to the game.
Authorities are also now investigating a Craigslist incident in which a man allegedly forcefully prostituted his wife for more than a year and said he would hurt their child if she didn't go along with him, according to CNN affiliate WLS. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart filed a lawsuit against Craigslist last year, saying it had become the "largest source of prostitution in America." He said he was going to notify the company of the incident, but didn't expect a response.
And in Washington state, police are trying to track down a father who they believe was trying to sell his son, Gavin, on the Internet, according to CNN affiliate KXLY. The price? $5,000. And police don't think its a joke.
In the ad, the man calls himself a single father and says, “Gavin is a great kid but I can no longer afford to take care of him."
"He doesn't fuss very much but when he does he just screams for hours," the ad continues. "I usually just put him in the closet until he stops and that usually works."
A woman who saw the ad alerted police.