Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.
After a couple of high-profile murder cases in which the victim and killer met through Craigslist's "Erotic Services," the popular website has announced it's dropping the section. However, a new adult category has debuted to take its place; company staff will review all of those advertisements.
The section became known as the prostitution section, and regardless of the murders, critics have been calling for its removal for some time. In 2002, Craigslist posted a disclaimer in the section. In November last year, the company began charging posters five dollars in order to deter illegal activities, with the proceeds going to charity.
The move comes after a group of state attorneys general, led by Illinois's Lisa Madigan, filed suit against the company. Current ads on the site will still remain for seven days. The new adult section is already online. So far, there's one ad posted in South Florida, with the headline "SEXY*** THICK*** STALLION."