Kijiji vs Craigslist and the Sex Industry

Thanks to Jeffrey Overstreet who linked to a blogpost (on Facebook) about a section on Craigslist about which I knew nothing (Adult Services) in which sex trafficking is occurring!  I had no idea!

Read the post for yourself, but in short…

  • Craigslist allegedly allows sex trafficking to go on in its section called Adult Services and does nothing about it.
  • Kijiji intentionally does not have an Adult Services section on their website.

So if you’re looking to sell or buy something, and need online classifieds, consider using Kijiji instead of Craigslist.

4 Responses to Kijiji vs Craigslist and the Sex Industry

  1. Darren says:

    Not to be controversial, but I’d argue that while some may find sex work distasteful or immoral, it’s called “the oldest profession” for a reason. Prostitution (et al) is going to occur whether it’s advertised on Craiglist or not.

    With that in mind, Craiglist actually makes sex workers safer. Advertising on Craiglist is certainly safer for the sex workers than, say, standing on street corners. Also, prostitutes can do business online without the necessity of–there’s no other word for him–a pimp. Finally, because of the ubiquity of Craigslist, sex workers can reach a larger market, and be choosier about their clients, which no doubt results in a safer work environment.

    Fortunately, there’s a duplicity of marketplaces, so if you want to give your business to a site that’s free of adult services, you can. I just wanted to point out the (accidental) positive effect that Craiglist has had on sex work.

    • gilliebean says:

      Interesting thoughts Darren; but I used the phrase “sex trafficking” to refer specifically to the trafficking of sex slaves (both underage and otherwise) and not consensual prostitution. Perhaps I should have made that more clear…

      • Darren says:

        Ah, sorry, I misunderstood. Indeed, then, yes, by all means, shop where people care about stopping sex trafficking.

        Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, has a very odd philosophy about managing the site. He’s incredibly, intentionally laissez faire. Which is why it still looks laughably low-tech, incidentally.

  2. Fay Rowe says:

    Thanks for posting this.

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