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Under pressure, Craiglist will drop 'erotic services' classifieds

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Phillip Markoff is charged with killing a Massachusetts woman that he met through Craigslist Phillip Markoff is charged with killing a Massachusetts woman that he met through Craigslist

SAN FRANCISCO (NBC) - Responding to mounting pressure, the Craigslist website has announced it will drop its "erotic services" classified ads.

The move comes after a federal lawsuit was filed accusing site owners of promoting prostitution.

On Craigslist, you can buy just about anything. And that's the problem.

"It is nothing but filth.  It is advertisements for prostitution.  It is ugly," argues South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster.

According to law enforcement, the site is the largest source of prostitution in the nation.

"Craigslist erotic services section had become nothing more than an internet brothel," says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

That's about to change. 

Bowing to pressure from more than 40 state attorneys general, the website has agreed to drop its erotic services ads within a week.

Craigslist will create a new adult category that employees will screen.

"Instead of ads being automatically posted on the adult services section, what Craigslist is doing for the first time in its history: They are now reviewing ads prior to being posted," adds Madigan.

She and two other attorneys general met with Craigslist officials last week to urge an end to advertisements for illegal sex trade.

The site agreed to self monitoring, just as a federal lawsuit was being filed in illinois accusing Craigslist owners of knowingly promoting prostitution.

The ad site came under renewed scrutiny after a medical student in Boston was charged with killing a woman in April,  a masseuse he met on Craigslist.

And now, a new step towards reducing access to the world's oldest profession in the internet age.

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