Federal law offers broad immunity to service providers for content posted by users, as long as they respond to specific complaints. Federal prosecutors charged a New York man in November with being a violent pimp who forced young girls and women into prostitution, alleging he advertised the services of women between the ages of 15 and And in January, two Wisconsin women were charged with misdemeanor prostitution after allegedly offering sex for money in Craigslist .
District Court in Chicago follows repeated requests for Craigslist to shut down the "erotic services" section. In recent weeks, Dart said, one of his own officers — writing as a year-old girl — posted for sex on the site that generated responses from several people, including a convicted sex offender.
Craigslist had reached an agreement in November with attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and several other states that called for the company to crack down on prostitution. Craigslist also agreed to provide that information to law enforcement if subpoenaed. At the time, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who brokered the agreement, said Craigslist cooperated fully and there never was a need to threaten the company with legal action.
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