Most people can say that they use Craigslist only if they're looking to sell something you don’t need any more or because you’re looking for a great deal on something that’s way too expensive to buy new.
Up until recently though you could also post personal ads looking for love, or even just a ‘casual encounter.’
But not anymore, as the personals section has disappeared from the site and while it hasn't been confirmed, evidence points to the fact that it could be due to concerns of sex trafficking.
This has happened Canada-wide, so if you log on to your local Craiglist location anywhere in the country you should find that there is no longer a personals section of any kind.
This follows the same section being deleted from the American version of the site earlier this year over concerns that it was being used as a tool used for illegally trafficking individuals- often kidnapped or being forced against their will.
When you look at the current layout of any Craigslist page across Canada, it’s doesn't even include the sub-section for the personal ads whatsoever. Of course the area where people post looking for a sexual relationship is gone, but furthermore even the ‘strictly platonic’ section has been wiped from the site.
This is what you see if you go to where the personals section was on Craigslist.
The only sub-section that seems to have survived not being deleted completely by the site is the ‘missed connections’ ads.
In a statement, posted on the American version of Craigslist, the company says, “any tool or service can be misused. We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking Craigslist personals offline.”
The statement closes with the words, “to the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!”
So if you were someone who was using the site as a way to look for love you’ll be completely out of luck now it seems.
Source: New York Times