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Father of slain SDSU student pushes for web safety

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The father of murdered SDSU student Donna Jou is on a mission to make the Internet a safer place. Ezra Jou has invested in SafeList, a new online classifieds website that verifies the identities of both buyers and sellers.

On June 23, 2007, honor student Donna Jou vanished after meeting up with a man who answered her tutoring ad on an online classifieds site. That man turned out to be three-time convicted sexual predator John Steven Burgess. 

Jou's father says many victims, like his daughter, are put in harm's way by unsafe online forums like Craigslist.

"We have so many people that they get hurt. They get killed. They get raped. Child prostitution and human trafficking. This Craigslist is the tool that criminals are using," he says.

SafeList will report any convicted felon or sexual predator that attempts to register on the website to law enforcement. It also requires users to submit themselves to a series of questions based on their personal life history that the system pulls from a comprehensive public database.

Donna Jou's body was never found. Burgess was charged with involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving a five year prison sentence.  He is due to be released next year.

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