Ask Craigslist to Stop Advertising Human Trafficking Outside the U.S.
  • Petitioned Craig Newmark

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Craig Newmark

Ask Craigslist to Stop Advertising Human Trafficking Outside the U.S.

    1. Amanda Kloer
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Kloer

      Washington, DC

December 2010


For years, Craigslist has been one of the largest facilitators of child sex trafficking in the U.S. But after two years of hard advocacy by leading anti-trafficking organizations and the support of over 10,000 members, they shut down their adult ads section, first in the U.S., and then overseas. The closure of those ads have denied criminal pimps and traffickers a safe place to anonymously sell children and trafficked women for sex.

Update: On December 18, Craigslist removed their commercial sex ads from all their international sites. The company has not released a statement about this move. Thank you to everyone who participated in the campaign to end Craigslist's advertising for child sex trafficking on their site.


Online classified ad websites like Craigslist have become the largest marketers of children trafficked into the commercial sex industry. The steady stream of exploited children for sale on Craigslist has had anti-trafficking groups demanding change for years. In the past 12 months, a trafficking survivor whose pimp forced her to advertise for her own statutory rape on Craigslist at age 11 wrote an open letter to Craig Newmark asking him to remove the “adult services” section where she was sold. Cash-strapped nonprofits rejected donations from the Craigslist Foundation as tainted money. And 10,000 readers signed a petition asking Craigslist to stop profiting from child sex slavery.

After years of increasing criticism for their facilitation of child sex trafficking, Craigslist recently blocked the “adult services” section link to ads in the U.S. However, their “adult services” section continues to operate outside the U.S.

Take one minute to help protect women and children outside the U.S. from sex trafficking via Craigslist.



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