The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) has successfully
filed an Amicus Brief in support of the lawsuit against Craigslist
filed by Sheriff Dart of Cook County, Illinois seeking to hold them
accountable for their role in facilitating sex trafficking. CATW's
Amicus Brief contains an impressive list of 65 co-signers
representing a wide range of prominent organizations and
The goal of the law suit is singular: close the adult services
section of Craigslist. It is well known that Craigslist adult
services section has become the technological red light district
for pimps/traffickers and johns, says CATW's Co-Executive
Director, Norma Ramos, Esq.
"Sheriff Dart's Craigslist lawsuit requests the US District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois to compel Craigslist to
no longer host these ads. In doing so an industry standard could be
set which would help create a human trafficking-free Internet,"
says CATW?'s Founder, Dorchen Leidholdt, Esq.
For far too long, Craigslist has been profiting from the facilitation of the prostitution and trafficking of women and minors in Cook County. It is time this website be held accountable for the harm that they continually enable, says Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE.)
Craigslist continues to cynically profit from the rank exploitation of others by functioning as an online pimp, says Ms. Ramos. Our Amicus Brief, prepared by CATW's pro bono law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP and Professor Catharine A. Mackinnon, demonstrates the widespread support for Sheriff Dart's bold legal efforts to hold Craigslist accountable.