In an effort to stop sex trafficking the United States Senate has forced popular gay classifieds website Craigslist to cease operating its personals section.
In a statement posted online, the company says it dropped the sections following passage of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act by Congress, intended to crack down on sex trafficking of children.
“US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA,” seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully,” reads the notice. “Any tool or service can be misused. We can’t take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully, we can bring them back someday.”
The site added, “To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through Craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
The legislation, called the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, would allow for a new provision of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act to let victims of sex trafficking sue the websites that facilitated their abuse.