Craigslist Erotic Services Ads Shut Down


It’s the end of an era — Ok, that’s a little ambitious, but the hoebags and hookers of the world are going to have to find a new place to peddle their wares online. Craigslist has dropped its “erotic services” ads on Wednesday following a campaign by law enforcement and a high-profile murder in which police say the killer used the website to find his victim.

Craigslist said in a post on the company blog it was shutting down the “erotic services” section even though “the use of Craigslist classifieds is associated with far lower rates of violent crime than print classifieds.”

The move comes after Boston medical student Phillip Markoff allegedly murdered 26-year-old masseuse.Julissa Brisman, a New York City woman whose listing he found on the Web site.

“As of today for all US Craigslist sites, postings to the ‘erotic services’ category will no longer be accepted, and in seven days the category will be removed,” the San Francisco-based company said. “Also effective today for all US sites, a new category entitled ‘adult services’ will be opened for postings by legal adult service providers.”

Craigslist said postings to the new “adult services” category will be “manually reviewed before appearing on the site, to ensure compliance with Craigslist posting guidelines and terms of use.”

New postings will cost ten bucks.

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