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Attorney General's News Release

May 13, 2009

craigslist complies with demands of Attorney General Koster and other Attorneys General --Koster hopeful that new proposal is a meaningful step forward--

Jefferson City, Mo. - craigslist announced today it is making changes to its website after hearing concerns of Attorney General Chris Koster and other Attorneys General during a meeting last week in New York.

Changes to the craigslist website will include:

  • No new advertisements will be placed on its erotic services section as of today.
  • Any remaining advertisements on its erotic services section will expire within seven days.
  • The erotic services section will be eliminated in seven days.
  • A new adult services section already has been posted.
  • Each advertisement in the adult services section will be manually screened for nude photos and illegal activities, such as prostitution.
  • Each new advertisement will require telephone and credit card verification in order to post the ad.
  • The fee to post an ad in the adult services section will double to $10. All proceeds derived from advertisements in this section will continue to be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other similar organizations in the various states.

"We view these changes as a significant step forward in our negotiations," Koster said. "craigslist has complied with the critical demands advanced by the Attorneys General. Specifically, craigslist will remove the erotic services section and will immediately begin manually reviewing advertisements in the adult services section.

"While no solution is likely to be perfect given the nature of prostitution, craigslist's response is a step in the right direction," Koster said.

"Nonetheless, we will continue to closely monitor the site to make certain craigslist's proposals are effective," he added.



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