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Before Brisman’s killing, the same group of attorneys general and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had asked Craigslist to take steps to curb pornography, prostitution, and child trafficking on its site. This week’s move to subpoena company records is a continuation of that effort. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is not participating. In a statement, she said federal law limits the ability of states to regulate website advertising.
After Brisman’s death, Craigslist chief executive Jim Buckmaster told the Globe that his site does not feature sex ads. The company later agreed to screen all “erotic services’’ listings and charge $5 to $10 for adult advertisements, saying that collecting customers’ credit card information would discourage illicit use and could be employed by authorities to track people using the site for illegal purposes.