Craigslist, an online site that provides classified ads and discussion forums for jobs, housing, items for sale, services, local events, and more, has been the subject of numerous anti-trafficking efforts.
Based on allegations that Craigslist facilitated sexual exploitation through its Adult Services (formerly Erotic Services) section, Craigslist was often investigated, sued, and publicly criticized.
Take, for example, a Florida case in which a trafficker posted online ads offering commercial sex services by victims who were minors.
Law enforcement investigators collected 28 Internet ads and a Garmin GPS seized from one of the trafficker’s vehicles.
The activist suspected the two women were being lured into a human-trafficking operation but was unable to convince them not to travel to New York.Within minutes, discussion group members offered information and support, called human-trafficking hotlines and the Russian embassy in Washington, offered places for the women to stay, researched the travel agency and the lounge where the women were promised work, and volunteered to meet them at the bus depot.According to later news reports, one member of the discussion group did meet the women at the bus depot upon their arrival in New York and convinced them not to meet the “exchange program” contact.The activist then posted an online plea to an anti–human trafficking discussion group that led off with “Help me help my friend in D.C.” and described the situation of the two traveling women.