Will craigslist crackdown on sex ads do more harm than good?


Ever since a Boston medical school student was charged with murdering one woman and robbing two others he met through craigslist.com, pressure has been mounting on the free classified Web site to crackdown on its sexually-oriented listings which are seen as fronts for prostitution.

Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan referred to the company's "Erotic Services" listings as "nothing more than an Internet brothel." The company, which has descimated the classifieds business of most newspapers, argued about the First Amendment and the rights of consenting adults. No matter, craigslist lacks the resources to fight against state attorneys general who can show they are tough crime by being tough on the site.