The Washington Post has recently run an article entitled “Think twice before answering that ad: 101 murders have been linked to Craigslist”. That number is provided by the AIM Group who maintain a public list on the Craigslist Killings – Craigslist Safety blog. They also include the criminals who have been killed which I don’t, but more or less the number is correct.
The article also goes on to mention Aim Group’s SafeTrade initiative to turn police stations into safe zones for craigslist transactions. That should tell you volumes right there on how unsafe craigslist really is. If a major watchdog group and numerous police departments across the country are urging you to use police stations to do business on craigslist then it really isn’t all that safe.
As I’ve said since craigslist has such a low barrier to entry and the fact that it’s almost anonymous it allows a large criminal element to inhabit the site and craigslist isn’t about to do anything about it…
Neither Craigslist nor its publicist responded to multiple interview requests, and the company has not commented publicly on safety issues since a 2010 Congressional hearing.
And if they can help they won’t since that costs money. Craigslist may have been founded on Bay Area hippy principles, but today they are nothing but cold-hearted capitalists whose only concern is the bottom dollar.
Ever since I started posting about crimes as they relate to craigslist I’ve been talking about making a list of all the victims who have been killed by way of the online classifieds site. I no longer have to worry about that daunting task becuase someone with better resources than me has.
I’ve talked about the AIM Group many times before. They’ve done many studies on the effects of human trafficking that craigslist and backpage have had. More recently they’ve put together a list of all the victims of ‘craigslist killings’ since 2007. In those years I’ve lost count of how many victims there have been. The AIM Group lists the number of victims at 86 and I’m sure that number will continue to increase at an alarming rate since there were 21 of these killings in 2014 alone.
Granted that number is a small number compared to all the transactions that take place on craigslist but 84 is still an inordinate amount of people who were taken away from their families in some of the most violent fashions often time just for a shiny bauble or trinket they were selling.
In that vein Aim Group has started an initiative called SafeTrade. Their goal is to organize police stations and other law enforcement offices to be safe havens for online classifieds transactions with no cost to the police departments.
Help take back the online classifieds from criminals and visit the SafeTrade website today for further information.