PHOENIX, Dec. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Women go to the restroom in pairs, walk in groups after dark and would never leave a friend alone at a party—all in the name of safety in numbers. Yet many have forgotten this important rule when it comes to perusing online classifieds, falling victim to criminals when they arrive alone to purchase a falsely advertised good or service.
"The Craigslist Killer, a Lifetime movie airing January 3, 2011, underscores the importance of creating a classifieds website that allows women to exchange without having to worry as much about being victimized," says Tucker Blalock, LadiesLoop.com founder and former U.S. Marine. "LadiesLoop.com creates an atmosphere that is conducive to women, that caters to exchange between women. For instance, there's a section dedicated to selling kids' goods, such as strollers and clothes. Another section is for women to exchange clothes, handbags and footwear."
And while LadiesLoop.com—launched in Phoenix in October 2010—also has such familiar sections as "employment," "pets" and "housing," it's intentionally missing one section that Philip Markoff, the man accused of being the Craigslist killer, used to meet his victims: personals. Additional safety measures have been included in this unique site, including a system to rate interactions with a seller, a picture and mini profile of the seller, and the ability to flag an inappropriate post.
"We just wanted to build a more comfortable place for women to connect with other women and exchange real things that women want," says Blalock, whose girlfriend, Ashley Miller, helps run the site and provide a women's perspective. "This free site, available in 40 states, is perfect for your wives, moms, girlfriends, sisters and friends ... it's less intimidating, less sketchy and a safer place for women to connect with other women."
Visit www.LadiesLoop.com to search for classifieds in your city.