Alberta tells Craigslist to drop sex ads

Oct. 24, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Alberta has joined other Canadian provinces in demanding that Craigslist remove sexually oriented ads from the Internet Web site.

Justice Minister Alison Redford and Solicitor General Frank Oberle sent a letter to the site's CEO on Friday calling for the removal of erotic ads, which many say are used for sex trafficking, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Last week, Benjamin Perrin, a law professor and human trafficking expert at the University of British Columbia, criticized Alberta for failing to follow the lead of other provinces in cracking down on Craigslist.

"Alberta has and will continue focusing on investigating and prosecuting any allegations of human trafficking whenever the evidence warrants," said provincial government spokesperson Jody Korchinski.

"However, the ministers also recognize that advocacy and awareness ... does also play an important role, which is why they decided to lend their support to their colleagues which have raised this issue in past weeks."

Craigslist shut down its prostitution ads in the United States in September after complaints from attorneys general in 17 states.

Four Canadian provinces have so far urged Craigslist to remove them.

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