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.
Also, the researchers noted that 2,050 of the online posts listed a telephone number that did not appear in any other post.
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.
Another type of trafficking effort starts with an online employment search and results in an unsuspecting victim relocating from her home on the promise of an unbelievably good job.
After the victim has joined the offender, various techniques are used to restrict the victim’s access to communication with home, such as imposing physical punishment unless the victim complies with the trafficker’s demands and making threats of harm and even death to the victim and her family.
The two women had paid about ,000 for a travel exchange program that promised a job in Washington, D. When the two women arrived in the United States, their exchange program contact changed the details and directed them to travel to New York for work as hostesses at a lounge.
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.The investigators were able to study the information yielded by the GPS unit and establish locations of several of the trafficker’s customers. on Commc’n Leadership & Policy, Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds 21–22 (2011) [hereinafter CCLP 2011 Report], https://edu/files/2011/09/Human Trafficking_9. Investigations by law enforcement and anti–human trafficking organizations have documented possible instances of online trafficking activity by members of organized crime families. on Commc’n Leadership & Policy, The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology-Facilitated Trafficking 20–21 (2012) [hereinafter CCLP 2012 Report], https:// edu/files/2012/11/Human Trafficking2012_Nov128. These efforts included (1) a lawsuit by the Chicago Cook County sheriff alleging that missing children, runaways, abused women, and women trafficked from foreign countries were routinely forced to have sex with strangers because they were being “pimped” on Craigslist and (2) a hearing on domestic minor sex trafficking before the U. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.Ultimately, Craigslist announced closure of its Adult Services section in the United States, and later expanded the announcement to worldwide closure of its Adult Services section.The offenders used online services to advertise their illicit businesses, namely, exploiting young women and girls for commercial sex by using such online services as Myredbook.com, Eros.com, Cityvive.com, Adultsearch.com, Craigslist.com, Local Escort Pages.com, Find Hot Escorts.com, Erotic Mug Shots.com, My Provider Guide.com, and Pornographic Statistics, Family Safe Media, statistics.html#anchor6.7.