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Boycott Online Pimp Craigslist and Use Ethical Alternative Kijiji.com

I pledge to take a stand against the trafficking and exploitation of adults and children on Craigslist by boycotting the website. If I need to use an online marketplace, I pledge to use Kijiji.com or another ethical alternative.

The abolitionist community has known for a while that Craigslist is, to be frank, an online pimp. Police departments from Ohio to Florida to California are finding children and adult human trafficking victims in Craigslist's new "adult services" section. And while the company claims to be screening ads looking for signs of exploitation, Craigslist has been about as transparent as a lead safe in their procedures, staffing, and training requirements to screen ads for trafficking. In fact, Craigslist still posts 3.5 million adult services ads each year - most of which are illegal - and some activists are calling it the #1 place to advertise human trafficking victims for sex.

But there is a more ethical alternative to Craigslist out there, called Kijiji. Kijiji.com is an online marketplace that is completely free to use. It's got everything Craigslist has, with the notable exception of adult services and personal ads. The lack of sexual content means its safe for kids (and the schools and homes that block Craigslist because of it's adult services section.)

Together, we can send a powerful message to Craigslist: You will lose customers unless you improve your transparency and accountability in preventing human trafficking.


I pledge to take a stand against the trafficking and exploitation of adults and children on Craigslist by boycotting the website. If I need to use an online marketplace, I pledge to use Kijiji.com or another ethical alternative.


The abolitionist community has known for a while that Craigslist is, to be frank, an online pimp. Police departments from Ohio to Florida to California are finding children and adult human trafficking victims in Craigslist's new "adult services" section. And while the company claims to be screening ads looking for signs of exploitation, Craigslist has been about as transparent as a lead safe in their procedures, staffing, and training requirements to screen ads for trafficking. In fact, Craigslist still posts 3.5 million adult services ads each year - most of which are illegal - and some activists are calling it the #1 place to advertise human trafficking victims for sex.


But there is a more ethical alternative to Craigslist out there, called Kijiji. Kijiji.com is an online marketplace that is completely free to use. It's got everything Craigslist has, with the notable exception of adult services and personal ads. The lack of sexual content means its safe for kids (and the schools and homes that block Craigslist because of it's adult services section.)


Together, we can send a powerful message to Craigslist: You will lose customers unless you improve your transparency and accountability in preventing human trafficking.