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Ontario says it's only fair that the online service Craigslist stop carrying for prostitutes in the province under its erotic services section, just as it has done in the United States. Three Ontario cabinet ministers ed a Sept.
The Ontario ministers noted Craigslist has not taken similar action in Canadian cities, where there are still hundreds of offering sex in exchange for money. This is a simple matter of fairness.
Buckmaster has not responded to the province's month-old request, and Craigslist did not immediately respond Tuesday to requests for comment. Craigslist agreed to shut down its adult services section in the United States after an open letter ed by 17 attorneys general, and after two young women sent another open letter to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark saying they had been sold for sex through Craigslist.
The open letter from the states argued that Craigslist should shut down adult services to "end the misery for the women and children who may be exploited and victimized by these. The American attorneys general said that illegal on Craigslist created a "virtual certainty that someone will be victimized.
Benjamin Perrin, author of "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking," said Tuesday that street gangs are behind many organized prostitution rings across the country. They bring in girls and young women from around the world - or other Canadian cities - to work in the sex trade, he said.
One of the first people convicted of human trafficking in Canada, Imani Nakpamgi of Toronto, used physical abuse to force two underage Canadian girls to sell themselves out of Brampton hotels, and even branded one of them with his name, said Perrin. The Ontario government said Craigslist is uniquely positioned to lead by example and to exert influence over other advertising venues to follow in its footsteps.
The province said it would continue to support organizations that provide services to victims of human trafficking and child exploitation. Copyright owned or d by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.
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