At the behest of attorney generals around the country hoping to regulate prostitution, Craiglist.org asked the posters advertising in their "erotic services" section to provide a valid phone number last March, The New York Times reports.
But today Craigslist agreed to require a valid ID and announced it would charge such posters a small fee -- possibly $10 -- to post. The funds earned from that charge will be donated to human trafficking and child exploitation charities.
“The mere act of authentication will be a very significant deterrent,” Richard Blumental, attorney general of Connecticut, told the Times. “There are very few prostitutes who want to be called by Craigslist and asked to give additional identifying information.”