Adult Services Ads Support Human Trafficking

Even though Craigslist shut down their adult services on both their US and international pages, many other web sites still provide a convenient and easy way for the continuation of trafficking.

Sites such as Craigslist provide a way for pimps to post women, men and even children for exploitation. Pictures of those being trafficked are typically posted in the adult services section, often listing the cost and what services were being offered to any customer willing to pay.  This has allowed for a massive flow of online sexual exploitation: those engaging in the trafficking of underage men and women will not even have to leave their home to post a victim online.

If you were to look at these ads you might not even know that the people posted were being forced to perform sexual acts for the profit of someone else.  While Craigslist did take the first steps to stop assisting this trend, there are many other websites that continue to turn a blind eye to the practice.

While the introduction of aggressive new law enforcement measures and concerned citizen outreach has begun to put pressure on these web sites, many still continue to operate their adult services with a measure of impunity. Public and legal action that forced Craigslist to close their adult forum was indeed a success, however, proving that as long as there are people out there willing to fight against online human trafficking – while it may be one website at a time – victory is certainly achievable.

Craigslist Says it Shut Down U.S. Adult Services for Good (Washington Post)

Craigslist Controversy Continues: Adult Services Still Offered Just Across Border in Canada (ABC News)

Adult Services Censored on Craigslist (CNN)

Craigslist Removes Commercial Sex Ads from International Sites (Change.org)

Submitted by Charlotte Buscher

INTERPOL Fights to End Slavery

Check out this interview with INTERPOL by CNN’s Richard Quest in regards to human trafficking.

More about INTERPOL:

INTERPOL is an international police organization with
188 member countries who work with INTERPOL to combat crimes including
human trafficking.

The interview discusses the issue of human trafficking and how
INTERPOL is working to diminish trafficking.  INTERPOLs Criminal
Intelligence Officer discusses how they work to help the law
enforcement with their acting members to track the billions of dollars
that comes from human trafficking.  INTERPOL has securities in place
to track passports of suspected human traffickers and has a system
that notifies INTERPOLs member countries of those suspected of human
trafficking.

This interview frequently mentions the trafficking of people across
borders but please don’t forget that human trafficking does not
require the  transportation of people to be considered human
trafficking.

The link to this interview is below as well as the link to INTERPOLs
website if you want to learn more about INTERPOLs mission and what
they are doing to fight human trafficking.

For more information on INTERPOL and its continuing work against trafficking, please visit the organization’s website here.

Post submitted by Charlotte Buscher