Police in the state of Washington, received over a thousand responses after posting ads on craigslist that purported to be offering children for sex. One of the ads was entitled “New to Spokane. Young fam fun.” Out of those thousand responses police managed to arrest 40 people who were looking to basically rape children. Only two of those arrested were registered sex offenders. Even a married couple was arrested where the husband allegedly claimed that his wife had fantasies of having sex with a child but never had the opportunity.
The number of responses to these fake ads show that there are obviously real ads on craigslist where children are being traded for sex. It is well within craigslist’s power to do something about these ads but they continue to fail to do so. Not only are there software solutions to this problem, but there are companies that specialize in moderating this kind of content. In the past craigslist has banned ads for unlocked iPhones when that was still frowned upon but continues to do nothing about the obvious sexual predators that inhabit their site.
The problem is that even with all the bad publicity that craigslist receives for being a blatant repository for the child sex trade, it hasn’t cost the company any money. People still continue to use the site supporting it financially and unfortunately I don’t know what it would take to get people to stop. If child rape isn’t enough to make them quit then I don’t know what is.