Official: Craigslist dropping 'erotic services' ads

May 13, 2009 9:24:20 AM PDT
Illinois' attorney general says Craigslist is getting rid of its "erotic services" category. Critics have called the category a front for prostitution. Pressure to do away with it increased this spring after a Boston medical student was charged with killing a masseuse who authorities say he met through the online classified ad service.

Two month ago, the sheriff in Cook County, Ill., filed a lawsuit alleging that Craigslist allows the solicitation of prostitution and had become the "largest source" of it in America.

State Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says existing ads on the site will expire in seven days. In place of the "erotic services" category, Craigslist will have an adult category that's reviewed by the Web site's employees.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who joined with Madigan and Missouri's attorney general last week to press Craigslist to drop the category, says his office will be watching to make sure the move is "more than just a name change."

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