TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS: Craigslist Will End ‘Adult Services’ Ads As Per Law Enforcement Request

happy_hooker_1.jpgREUTERS: Online classified site Craigslist will replace its “erotic services” ads with a new adult category “to bar flagrant prostitution and porn,” the Connecticut attorney general’s office said on Wednesday. Craigslist’s sex-service listings have faced intense scrutiny following the April 14 murder of 25-year-old masseuse Julissa Brisman, who advertised on Craigslist in Boston. Philip Markoff, a 23-year-old Boston University medical student, was charged with killing Brisman and with attacks on two other women he met through Craigslist. The “erotic services” section will end within seven days and be replaced with a new section called “adult services” where every advertisement will be manually reviewed by Craigslist staff, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a statement. In April, Blumenthal had asked Craigslist officials to eliminate photographs in the “erotic services” and similar sections of the site, hire staff to screen ads that blatantly violate Craigslist rules and offer incentives for people who flag and report prostitution advertisements. MORE

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