Craigslist Crackdown on Prostitution

Popular site will cooperate with law enforcement

The Web site Craigslist says it will crack down on ads for prostitution as part of an agreement with attorneys general in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

The deal will require people who post "erotic services" ads on Craigslist to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card. The Web site will provide that information to law enforcement if subpoenaed to do so.

Craigslist has also agreed to sue 14 software and Internet companies that help people who post erotic service ads circumvent the Web site's defenses against inappropriate content and illegal activity.

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