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April 29, 2010

San Francisco-based Craigslist making millions on "adult" ads

I know plenty of decent people who use Craigslist, innocently looking for a job, or to sell a car, or for a good deal on used books, furniture, and the like. There are some great buys available there, from what they tell me. But there is also a dark underworld to Craigslist, seething beneath the bland surface of ads for housing, stuff for sale, jobs, and services. Beneath that mundane patina lies the dank and dangerous basement of sex for sale.

California Catholic Daily has just posted a revealing article about what actually happens at Craigslist that you probably never knew about. Caveat emptor!

“Biggest online hub for selling women against their will”

San Francisco-based Craigslist, the international online classified advertising network, earned millions last year from selling “adult advertising,” ads that have prompted law-enforcement probes in at least 40 states.

“The ads, many of which blatantly advertise prostitution, are expected to bring $36 million this year, according to a new projection of Craigslist’s income,” the New York Times reported April 25. “That is three times the revenue in last year’s projection.”

“Law-enforcement officials have been fighting a mostly losing battle to get Craigslist to rein in the sex ads,” said the Times. “At the same time, officials of organizations that oppose human trafficking say the site remains the biggest online hub for selling women against their will.”

“Last week, in the latest example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 14 members of the Gambino crime family on charges of, among other things, selling the sexual services of girls ages 15 to 19 on Craigslist,” the Times reported.

“Sex Trade Big Business for Craig,” reported KNBC-TV, Channel 11 in the Bay Area, referring to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. The television station said in a headline on its website, “Money charged for formerly free ads estimated to bring in $36 million.”

“Craigslist revenue grew 22 percent last year, to $122 million, largely on the strength of increasing fees for ‘adult’ advertising and no longer sending that money to charity,” said NBC Bay Area.

The revenue estimates for Craigslist come from the Advanced Interactive Media Group, which, said NBC Bay Area, “regularly calculates revenue estimates for the private company by tracking the number and nature of ads posted to the site.”

Craigslist originally promised to donate revenues from ‘adult’ ads to charity, but “announced that it would no longer disclose its plans with that money last year, suggesting it's now going to the bottom line,” said the NBC Bay Area report.

According to the Times, Craigslist “had seemed to put the conflict over its sex ads to rest” last May when it agreed to monitor ‘adult’ postings for illegal activity. “Attorneys general in 40 states, including New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut, investigated the company for facilitating criminal activity, after a wave of publicity about prostitution and violent crimes linked to the site,” the Times reported. . . . (Continue reading)

Say hello to my little friend

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Habemus novum nepōtem!
Eminentissimum ac pulchrum puerum
Qui sibi nomen imposuit PAULUS IOSEPH.

I announce to you a great joy:
We have a new grandson!
The most eminent and most beautiful boy
Who takes to himself the name of PAUL JOSEPH (MADRID).

Nancy and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our 8th grandchild, Paul. The little lad is the fifth child of our oldest son, Jonathon, and his lovely wife Kelly.

He was born yesterday, Wednesday, April 28, in the year of Our Lord 2010, weighing in at 6 lbs., 15 oz., and measuring 20". He is healthy in every respect and everyone in the family is delighted to finally meet him in person. My thanks to all of you who have been praying for Kelly and baby during her pregnancy.

P.S. For those who are interested in such things, our grandsons now outnumber our granddaughters, 6 to 2.