September 15th, 2010
09:23 PM ET

Craigslist says no plans to resume sex ads in U.S.

Craigslist has "no plans" to resume running adult services ads that contribute to child sex trafficking in the United States, an official with the online advertising site told a House panel Wednesday.

However, the erotic services ads remain available to Americans on the company's foreign sites, including its Canadian site, acknowledged William "Clint" Powell, the director of customer service and law enforcement relations at Craigslist.

Powell's remarks to a House Judiciary subcommittee responded to testimony that the internet has greatly expanded child prostitution and child sex trafficking. In particular, witnesses cited online advertising sites such as Craigslist and backpage.com as facilitating the ability of people to hire child prostitutes.

In late August, attorneys general in 17 U.S. states banded together to urge Craigslist to discontinue its adult services.

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  1. Dale

    I don't understand why craigs list doesn't hire people to monitor the site,anuway i'm glad they took it down. it's wrong to promote child prostutution of any kind.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. connie morrison

    I am with you. it is about time. should have never been aloud to begin with.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    All you people don't get it. 1. Nothing will stop children from being abducted. 2. Craigslist actually helps other find these children since the idiots are stupid enough to post them there. 3. this will just move the kids further underground by the people that take them, and parents will have NO option to look any place to even begin looking for their kids. So before you jump for joy, think about the bad side of this whole debacle!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      So what, we should allow for pedophilia?

      September 16, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |