Those hoping to hire an escort through Craiglist will be disappointed, as the global online marketplace succumbed to increasing pressure launched by attorneys general in 20 states, and shut down its adult services section this weekend.
Claiming Craigslist provided a venue for prostitution and sex trafficking, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock signed off on a letter along with attorneys general from 19 other states on Aug. 24 demanding Craigslist remove its adult services section.
“Because Craigslist cannot, or will not, adequately screen these ads, it should stop accepting them altogether and shut down the adult services section," stated the letter addressed to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster.
The correspondence marked the latest round of pressure directed toward Craigslist. More than a year ago, the same coalition of attorneys general asked the company to tone down the erotic, and allegedly illegal, advertising. Craigslist responded by replacing the "erotic services" category with “adult services” and promised to screen ads more thoroughly.
Even with the changes, Bullock and the other attorney alleged the site continued to provide a venue for illegal activity.
“The changes are insufficient," Bullock told the Indy last week.
Apparently, the attorneys got their message across. As of Monday, a Craigslist link that once led to various “adult services” listings featuring scantily clad females was replaced by a conspicuous black box with bold while lettering that reads “censored.”