The word, “Censored” has replaced the section where adult ads used to be after the website has been accused of promoting prostitution through its adult services section. Seventeen attorneys general banded together to urge (a better word would probably be “pressured”) Craigslist to discontinue its adult services section.
Attorneys general from Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia made the request to Craigslist a week after accused “Craigslist killer” Philip Markoff committed suicide in jail.
Markoff was charged with the April 2009 killing of Julissa Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist who Markoff might have met or hired through the website.
According to Susan MacTavish Best, who handles press inquiries for Craigslist, “We strongly support the attorneys general desire to end trafficking in children and women, through the Internet or by any other means… We hope to work closely with them, as we are with experts at nonprofits and in law enforcement, to prevent misuse of our site in facilitation of trafficking, and to combat such crimes wherever they appear, online or offline”.