The issues of human trafficking via the internet, and holding accountable the companies who profit from it, are dear to my heart. I am therefore forwarding this call to action in its entirety. We cannot remain silent while this scourge is devastating the lives of millions. To learn more, see my blog Child Trafficking and the Internet.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) in partnership with Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) and other co-sponsors will be holding a protest in front of Craigslist Headquarters in San Francisco to bring attention to Craigslist’s facilitation of and profiting from sex trafficking. “Craigslist continues to cynically profit by functioning as an online pimp,” says Norma Ramos, Executive Director of CATW. “Craigslist is the new stroll where pimps traffic, johns buy and Craigslist profits,” says Melissa Farley, Executive Director, PRE.
Craigslist is projected to realize a 22% increase in revenue — an estimated $36 million in 2010 — largely attributable to its functioning as a virtual red light district for pimps/traffickers and johns. Craigslist displays a reckless disregard for human rights by increasingly becoming a part of the sex industry. Craigslist could act to create a sex trafficking free internet by no longer hosting prostitution ads and thereby setting an industry standard.
We invite you to join CATW, PRE and other co-sponsors at our protest to hold Craigslist accountable for facilitating and profiting from the rank exploitation of others.
When: Thursday, July 8, 2010
Where: Craigslist Headquarters
1381 9th Avenue (Between Judah and Irving Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Time: 12:00 – 2:00PM
Please help get the word out by e-mailing this notice to your contact list.