eBay's Response To Sex Trafficking Allegations: Shut Down U.S. Access To Loquo

10/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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eBay continues to accept the worst kind of ads, depicting "young Asian females engaged in unprotected sex" on its Spanish subsidiary Loquo. [Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster] points to a number of listings that showed graphic pictures of sexual acts, and also pointed out that eBay aggressively markets upsell opportunities to listers, effectively taking part in the transaction.

How did eBay respond? By blocking access to Loquo from IP addresses originating in the U.S. But the site, and the listings, are easily accessible -- just copy the URLs into an IP anonymizer, for example. The extremely NSFW listings are still up and active.

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