Craigslist Wins Fight Over Sex Ads


A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit this week that was seeking to have Craigslist pull its “adult services” ads.

Chicago Sheriff Thomas Dart, who filed the suit earlier this year, wanted the site to shut down its erotic services section and reimburse taxpayer money used to investigate and arrest those who were trafficking women on the classifieds Web site.

“Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation,” Dart had said at a press conference about the lawsuit back in March.

Judge John F. Grady ruled that the company is not “culpable for aiding and abetting” those that use Craigslist for illegal activity.

"Sheriff Dart may continue to use Craigslist's Web site to identify and pursue individuals who post allegedly unlawful content,” Grady wrote in the ruling, “but he cannot sue Craigslist for their conduct."

Craigslist has been under pressure to remove its adult ads before.

In May of this year, Craigslist renamed its "erotic services" to "adult services" after a medical student in Boston was charged with murdering a masseuse he met on the site. In addition to the name change, Craigslist now charges $10 for people to post on the "adult services" section, and each ad is reviewed by a Craigslist employee.