Remember the big dust-up about Craigslist and their erotic services postings? Did you know that it was a Black woman who finally convinced Craigslist to take their erotic services postings down? Well it was and her name is Malika Saada Saar.
Malika Saada Saar, the founder of The Rebecca Project for Human Rights , is a prisoner's rights activist. The reason that she fought to have Craigslist remove its erotic services postings was because she noticed that a lot of juvenile girls who were in jail had been sold as prostitutes on Craigslist's erotic services board.
So how did she do it?
At first Malika tried to contact Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. When that didn't work her foundation The Rebecca Project for Human Rights bought a half page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. Craigslist in located in San Francisco.
In the ad two minor girls describe how they were sold for sex by men who used Craigslist's erotic services board to advertise. One girl who was called "MC" in the ad wrote the following.
“I was first forced into prostitution when I was 11 years old by a 28-year-old man…The man who trafficked me sold many girls my age, his house was called ‘Daddy Day Care.’ All day, me and other girls sat with our laptops, posting pictures and answering ads on Craigslist, he made $1,500 a night selling my body, dragging me to Los Angeles, Houston, Little Rock—and one trip to Las Vegas in the trunk of a car.”
The ads were not enough to move Craigslist to remove the ads. That 's when Saada Saar enlisted the help of U.S. Attorneys General Eric Holder. And once Mr. Holder became involved Craigslist pulled the erotic services board.
It's amazing isn't it that back when this was a big story in the mainstream media Malika wasn't even mentioned. The media likes to try to turn a bunch of people into heroes who don't deserve it. But they have almost ignored Malika who is without a doubt a hero!
Good job, Malika!
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