Ohio is one of over a dozen states that want Craigslist to abandon its adult services business.
Ostensibly, they have noble goals: reigning in child trafficking and cracking down on prostitution. No one's going to argue with that.
A letter on behalf of seventeen states — Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — said that Craigslist, despite added precautions, is still a hotbed illegal activities involving women and children.
If that means making it harder for you to search out some strange, then so be it. If you really want to satisfy your horny, fetishistic need to have a 350-pound black tranny spank you with a tennis racket while singing Lada Gaga songs, you might have to look elsewhere for someone to help you with that request if the attorneys general have their way.
In November, Craigslist added protections that include making posters provide a legitimate phone number and pay a fee to post in the erotic services portion of the site.
Craigslist has already been subpoenaed by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who wants proof that it is taking action to stop prostitution ads.
In a posting on its site, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote that the company is "working intensively ... with experts and thought leaders at leading nonprofits and among law enforcement on further substantive measures we can take."
The post said that Craigslist "is committed to being socially responsible, and when it comes to adult services ads, that includes aggressively combating violent crime and human rights violations, including human trafficking and the exploitation of minors."