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Alberta demands ban on Craigslist erotic ads

The Alberta government has reversed its policy on Craigslist, demanding the removal of erotic ads on the website.

The Alberta government has reversed its policy on Craigslist, demanding the removal of erotic ads on the website.

On Friday, Justice Minister Alison Redford and Solicitor General Frank Oberle sent a letter to the CEO of the online classifieds website calling for the removal of erotic ads, which experts say are used for sex trafficking.

This week, University of British Columbia law professor and human trafficking expert Benjamin Perrin slammed the Stelmach government for failing to follow the lead of several other provinces in cracking down on Craigslist.

The same day, the province condemned the ads but said writing a letter was not the answer.

However, Alberta Justice spokesperson Jody Korchinski said the government has reconsidered.

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

"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 U.S. states.

A total of four Canadian provinces say they want Craigslist to remove the ads.

A West Vancouver man was charged in August with luring a child under 14 after police found an ad on Craigslist in which a man was seeking to meet a school-age girl for sex.

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