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For four more years, Luke used the classified ads site to meet men before coming out and leaving the church in his twenties.
But this past weekend, when he went to post an ad on Craigslist’s personals page, he was redirected to a statement informing him it no longer existed. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking Craigslist Personals offline.
’” “The most disturbing aspect of the legislation is its very broad definition of ‘the promotion of prostitution,’ which could definitely be read to sweep in some of the harm-reduction tactics that sex workers rely on,” Ian S.
Thompson, a legislative representative with the American Civil Liberties Union, tells TIME.
“I’m getting calls from organizers saying ‘how do I host a website or a listserv if it means facing 25 years in prison?
“This was a sloppy effort at addressing a very serious problem.
It’s going to harm some of the very individuals that well-meaning members of Congress were actually trying to protect.” The bill has been widely panned by civil rights groups since it was introduced last April.
It was this law that shielded Backpage.com, a similar classifieds site, after ads featuring underage girls were found on its forums.
(Backpage hosted about 25% of sex work ads online; Craigslist, the second-most popular, had about 14%, according to a 2014 study.) No longer.
But critics — who range from free-speech activists to Silicon Valley executives — say it goes too far.