AP -- Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster pointed out Saturday there are plenty of places in South Carolina other than his Web site to find prostitution and obscene photos, saying in a blog that he wants to know why the state's top prosecutor is targeting his company. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has threatened to prosecute Craigslist executives for aiding and abetting prostitution if an ad on the Web site le to a prostitution case in South Carolina. In the post on his company's blog, Buckmaster linked to a publication in Greenville he said has a larger of adult and more explicit content than his Web site.
He later updated the post to point out a publication in Charleston that listed 19 adult on Friday. In contrast, Buckmaster said the Greenville "adult services" portion of his site has had one ad for the past three days with a photograph of a completely clothed person, while the recently closed "erotic services" section had eightnone of which had obscene texts or nude pictures.
Buckmaster said no one would consider suing or conducting a criminal investigation into either traditional publication. Earlier this week, Craigslist pledged to eliminate its "erotic services" category and screen all submissions to a new "adult services" section before being posted.
McMaster, a Republican who plans to run for governor of South Carolina inhas met with Craigslist attorney Bart Daniel of Charleston, who explained the change. But the attorney general said Friday his office still planned to monitor the site closely.
Craigslist came under closer scrutiny last month after a Boston-area man was accused of fatally shooting a woman who placed an ad on the site. Police believe year-old Philip Markoff may have been involved in other crimes against women who also posted on Craigslist. Some reports have suggested he was targeting victims to pay gambling debts.
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